Ahhhh….spring

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 1 comment

Ahhhh….spring

Yes…another winter behind us…another spring opening up before us. The essence of the breezes are lighter, full of scents that refresh the psyche and put a spring in the step. Several springs. This is my 65th spring….that is mind blowing. But I relish every moment, taking the time to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ and sometimes I just sit on the deck and marvel at the beauty that the Holy One, the Creator of everything in the Universe has blessed His children with. The garden is beginning to look alive…green is everywhere and salads have been gracing our...

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Dandelion, dandelions everywhere! Let’s make Jelly!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

  This is an easy recipe and you’ll love the idea of sending out the kids to pick dandelion flowers! It will keep them busy for at least an hour (hehe). But, seriously – this is a good one! Gather as many dandelion flowers as you want or until you get tired of bending over. This recipe fills six 8oz mason jars. You can revamp it to fill up what you would rather use. DANDELION JELLY! 2 quarts water 1 package powdered pectin 2 tablespoons lemon juice 5 1/2 cups sugar INSTRUCTIONS The only part you want of the flower is the yellow – snip off any green, or as much as you...

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Pretty little Violets

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

  Ever admire those pretty little purple flowers popping up all over in the springtime? Well, here’s an easy and sweetly tasting recipe for some Violet Jelly! Try it out and let us know what you think! Well, here’s an inspiration that I tried from a FB post – try it – easy peasy and you’ll love it!   VIOLET JELLY 1 pint violet flowers 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups sugar 3 oz. liquid pectin Directions: Gather lots and lots of little violet flowers and gently press them down into your very clean mason jar. After you are sure you can’t get...

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An Old Friend – Ginkgo

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 2 comments

An Old Friend – Ginkgo

When we moved into this little place three years ago there was so much to explore – almost four acres and every nook and cranny held a surprise. On one corner was a sweet little herb garden tucked neatly behind a small coy pond ~ echinacea, mullen, chickweed, thyme among other herbs. In another corner were early risers such as iris’ and daffodils and in another corner – well, actually in the middle of the front yard – was a GINKGO TREE!!! Can you believe that? A ginkgo tree!!! Who does that? But she hails tall and bold in the front yard and her beautiful and healing...

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Homemade Garden Spray

Posted by on May 18, 2016 | 0 comments

Homemade Garden Spray

Make it yourself! The basic recipe which has had success comes from The Natural Gardener in Austin.  The recipe they recommend is as follows: Ingredients: 4 Level teaspoons or 1 1/3 tablespoons of Baking Soda 1 teaspoon of Mild Soap (Dawn, Ivory, should be biodegradable with no phosphates) 1 gallon of Water Directions: Mix all ingredients thoroughly and keep agitated.  Then spray plants. Spray all leaves thoroughly, until the solution begins to run off.  Spray the top and bottom of affected leaves, and spray all of the small new leaves, even if they don’t appear to have the fungus...

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