February 24, 2018

Do you make your own moisturizers or are interested in trying it?  This week I will be sharing my coconut oil based facial moisturizer.  I've completely run out so it's time to whip up a new batch show you how simple it is.  The hardest part is....well, there isn't a hard part.  It's really that easy!  

Since I ran out two weeks ago, I've been using Argon Oil which is what I use to protect my hair from the blow dryer.  This stuff feels MARVELOUS!  I may be adding this to my recipe, too!

Stay tuned!

February 23, 2018

It's time to start thinking about the summer garden if you start your plants from seed. Broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant and lettuce are just some of the plants that can be started from seed right now.  

I just started dill, swiss chard and serrano peppers by placing the seeds on a wet paper towel, putting each in a zip lock bag, adding a little bit of water to ensure it stays moist and then placing on a plant warming pad.  

Once the plants start to grow, they will be transplanted into an egg crate with seed potting soil. 

When are you starting your garden and what are you planting?

February 21, 2018

Red Wigglers and European nightcrawlers light sensitivity make them an ideal in-home hobby.  When starting a bin, keeping a white light over the bin trains the worms to stay inside their home.  After two weeks, the light can be discontinued.

Could there still be worm escapes later?  Yes.  It’s important to monitor bin conditions regularly to ensure you have the most ideal living quarters so the worms don’t decide to look for better accommodations.  It’s a balancing act and what you want to look for are:  too acidic, too much food, wrong temperature, bad ph level, too much water….

Light sensitivity is a also big advantage when harvesting the vermicompost.  I take large handfuls of vermicompost and sit it under a light for a few minutes.  This gives the worms a chance to crawl to the bottom of the pile.  Then just continue taking more finishing vermicompost from the top of the pile and soon you the majority of the vermicompost will be removed and you’ll be left with a beautiful squirm of worms. 

One of the things I will be trying out with my bin soon will be putting a red light over the bin.  A study at www.RedLightMan.com showed that worms processed 55% worm castings under red light compared to no light at all.  Have you tried this?  If so, did you see a difference?

February 21, 2018

Our winter garden has been a challenge.  We upgraded to a very good light and it's been difficult figuring out how close the plants can be to the light.  The swiss chard and cactus don't seem to be happy anywhere in the garden.  The tomato plants have done fairly well.  If I had done a better job with more consistent watering, the results would have been better. 

That said, I am very pleased with the results.  Of the 8 tomato plant cuttings I began with, they've been narrowed down to 4 very good plants. One of the plants grow to over six feet tall and had to be cut back.  It is one of the plants with a baby tomato on the vine.

While I would love to have a huge harvest of tomatoes in the next few months, I really do hope I'll be able to get the plants transported into the backyard come May.  A lot of growth can happen in the next three months. 

I'll keep you posted!

February 1, 2018

One of the tomato plants is growing like a weed. It's over 4' tall! My project this weekend is to get them transplanted into their own containers.

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