What are essential oils? A-essential oils are compounds extracted/obtained from plants via distillation. What is distillation? A- distillation is the action of purifying something through heating and cooling or the extraction of the essential meaning or most important aspects of something. I’ve been using essential oils for a very long time. I bought my first … More Top Five Essential Oils –what are they and how do they work?
This week I have pictures of my houseplants since my garden hasn’t changed much in seven days! All of my houseplants are in my home office. My home office is the only room that has a large desk that sits in front of a window with northern and western sun. We get zero southern sunlight … More Caring for Houseplants–Snake Plants, Violets, and Succulents
Finally a sunny day for picture taking–everything is doing fabulous! Gardening is amazing therapy. It keeps you on your toes no matter how big or small your garden is. And the rewards–everyday there is a reward. This year is the first year I kept not one but two new guinea impatiens alive and surprise surprise a … More 2018 Container Gardening–Week 12
This past week we’ve been dealing with cooler rainy weather. Not necessarily good for what I’m growing. I can’t remember if I updated last week, but I’ve lost most of the blossoms on my pepper plant–so probably no peppers this year, though there are new possibilities. This happens they say (the experts) when temperatures are … More 2018 Container Gardening- Week 11
So this week things have stayed pretty much the same in my container garden. Missing are both Walmart non-smelling geraniums. Not only did they not smell like geraniums, they basically bloomed once and died. I have since visited a nursery and purchased a new geranium plant along with a new petunia plant plus more Purple … More 2018 Container Gardening- Week Nine
Here’s what is going on in my garden this week– this week I transplanted everything that I had in containers and smaller pots to their final pot destination. I also used Purple Cows BioActive All-Purpose Fertilizer on all my veggies, fruits and flowers. My total garden this year consists of 2 patio tomato plants bought … More 2018 Container Gardening–Week Three
Gardening is very therapeutic for me. I think for most of my life it always has been, but it has taken most of my life to get semi-sort of good at. Let me tell you what I learned this year that has made ALL the difference–watering plants from the bottom. But first, you must add … More Houseplants–wintertime gardening
I like having/buying flowers for my home on a regular basis, not just for Valentines Day or other special occasions. To do this I must buy my flowers at a friendly price within my budget constraints. So I buy all of my flower bouquets from the supermarkets we shop in every week. Often when you … More Happy Valentines Day –How to keep your flowers fresh!
Well, summer is winding down to almost the first day of fall. I’ve been at this container garden this year since January. Though only one thing in my container garden remains that was grown from seed. That would be my spindly, never having quite flourished, rosemary plant. What is left in my garden are four … More Container Garden Week 17
This past weekend we drove down to Madison WI for our first trip this year to the Dane County Farmers’ Market. It’s been awhile. We have had several local farmers’ markets we’ve been doing business with for a couple of years now. This year much to our disappointment one of them is selling produce that … More Dane County Farmers’ Market & Eating Local