Gardening

Spring has Sprung

What a beautiful day today!! Getting all pumped up for the planting to begin and a lot of yard projects!!

What plans do you all have?

Putting finishing touches on chicken coop and waiting for the fence to come and be put up plus my friend is giving me some nice netting to put over the run area for we have hawks that like to come here and kill my birdies!! Man that ticks me off!! You definitely don’t want predators getting those or your chickens!

Now the garden beds are up and filled with dirt plus I also made some drain pipes for easier watering and to get it deeper in the soil for a better root system, I have to admit for years Hubby would put the sprinkler out and then later I’d go behind him and water with the hose! Lol well it wasn’t enough and then the leaves stayed all soggy.

Moving on to drainage pipes

garden beds

I also made a Herb Bed closer to house(kitchen herb garden) and planted seeds in it today with one more area yet for cilantro.

I divided the bed into 4 sections as to not over crowd the plants.

I lined the bed with garden fabric and mixed some planting soil and organic fertilizer in the dirt prior to planting so I’m a happy Gardner today!

Have y’all planted or started your Herbs?

Now onto filling some large pots for flowers and more herbs then some crafting decor for the back porch! Then I’m done for today!

I’m not 30,40,or 50!!! ūüėúūüĆĪ

Have a happy gardening day or whatever your doing!

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Healthy Recipes

Two Ingredient Pizza Crust

                             Healthy Pizza that taste good!!

 

2 ingredient dough: (6 sp total)
1/2 C self rising flour
Slightly less than 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt

Mix together (will be crumbly-keep working with it). Roll into a ball and then place on greased pizza pan and flatten or roll out(I used parchment paper instead of cooking spray because I don’t like my pizza pan sprayed).
I sprinkled Italian herbs on the crust before the sauce.

I used:
1/4C pizza sauce (1 sp)
1/2 C low fat mozzarella cheese (4sp)
Mushrooms
Green pepper
Onions
I would’ve added chicken if I’d have had some. I added Turkey Pepperoni.

Bake in oven at 375 for 23-25 min

11 points for entire pizza. So filling!

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Home Made Essential Items on an urban homestead

Cold Infused Herbal Oils

Calendula (calendula officials) Pot Marigold  And Jasmine (jasmine officiale)  Infused Oil

 

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Calendula and Jasmine infused oils

Infused Oils are simply infusing the dried flowers in oil and then left to soak for several weeks , then the oils is used again with the fresh herb extract. (cold infusion).  The oils can be used for massage oils or a basis for creams, ointments and soaps

I started my infusions by packing the flowers in a sterile pint jar then covered all the herb with organic olive oil making sure all the flowers were covered with an inch of oil on top.

I left it to sit for a week and then because I’m impatient decided to go ahead and do the Quick method which I’ll explain. ¬† I put the jars of herbs into a slow cooker with a towel on the bottom to protect the jars and then filled the cooker with water to the half-way point of the jars with lids on tightly and placed the lid on the cooker and set at LOW temperature setting on 2-4 hours. ¬†Then removed the jars and let cool then strained into new sterile jars through a tea towel or cheese cloth and replaced with clean lids and your DONE! ¬† Remember to store in a cool dark place like a cupboard not close to heat!

Calendula is an antiseptic and anti fungal and can be used for cuts, scrapes, dry skin, inflammations and minor injuries.   This made a mildly scented fragrance.

Makes a great cream for this purpose.

¬†Jasmine ¬†is a fragrant floral herb with anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic properties. ¬†Other possible uses with coughs, eczema, menstrual pain and muscle spasms. ¬† ¬†The fragrance was weaker than I thought it would be, making me wonder if the herb was as fresh as it should have been; So heads up and double-check if you’re ordering your herbs. ¬† Choose a reputable company for ¬†freshness and quality.

It is good for dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin.¬†¬†I can’t wait to add to my homemade soaps!

 

Home Made Essential Items on an urban homestead

Pure Essential Shampoo

Natural Shampoo with Essential Oils

 

  • 1/2 c of Dr. Bonner’s Pure Castile Almond Liquid soap

  • 1-1/2 c of Distilled Water

  • 3 T Coconut Oil

1-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

1-4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Pour into container and shake.  Shake well before each use.

Rosemary  Is good for Hair Loss, Greasy/Oily Hair.  (The Rosemary plant was regarded as sacred by many civilizations and used to drive away evil spirits and protect against plague and infectious illness.)

Lavender  Is good for Dry Hair, Fragile hair, Hair Loss also a antimicrobial and antiseptic along with so many other benefits!

The French Medicinal Uses were for Dandruff, hair loss, insomnia and much much more!

Lavender Is a universal oil that has been known to balance t he body and work wherever there is a need!  If in doubt use Lavender!

Aromatic- Influence:  It promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being.

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Dried Herb

i love drying my herbs and flowers and use them in sachets, wax tarts and cooking.  Here is my dried Lavender that I used for my recent Scent Tarts.

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