Why bother with natural or handmade soap? How does natural soap compare with commercial soap? What is the best soap out there for you and your family? Here I share with you a little of what I have learned about the benefits of natural soaps and why I bother.
It is frozen solid outside. Still, the seed catalogs pour in. Timely reminders that another growing season is really just weeks away offering a rainbow of produce possibilities for the addicted dedicated gardener. Too soon you say? Not if you want to start artichokes this year.
Wash, rinse, repeat… Do you ever feel like that about life? I think everyone does, now and then. At times, the days get to feeling monotonous and repetitive, routine. We are there right now. We have no reason to be. Life is good! We have so much to be thankful for. I think it is time for some celebration.
In spite of peaks newly blanketed with snow, down here we have not yet had the first frost of the year. We must be getting close, it was 38 (F) last night. The wood stove is going full blast today, working hard to keep the edge off.
Still, the garden keeps going. This is what we have been munching on…
The newest addition to our Pacific Northwest edible landscape, Angel Red Pomegranate. Hardy in USDA zones 7-11 means it can stand a freeze down to about 5 degrees (F). That, plus it is reported to produce sweet juicy choice red fruits! So last spring when I stumbled upon this exotic edible landscape plant at my local nursery and read all that it promised on the tag, I couldn’t help myself. I had to have it.
September is time for the huckleberry harvest! Vaccinium ovatum, the native evergreen huckleberry, with its classic balance of wildly sweet and tart, it is perfect for pancakes, muffins and every other excuse for a huckleberry...
So you went on a canning binge. Now, what to do with all that jam? Once you've shared out preserves with friends and neighbors, and had your fill of toast, it is time to get creative. Here are eleven of our favorite ways to use all that jam and jelly in the pantry. 1...
We finally tackled the post ‘deer’pocalypse’ fall garden cleanup. It was a little disheartening, but we forge on! Join us for a photo walk through the garden and see what we have left to do this month.
The deer don’t usually even start pressuring the garden until mid-August, but this year was just so dry they started early. Unfortunately, my grass actually was greener, and they knew it. The deer have won. For now. Time to reassess and strategize.