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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Dirt: lavender


Last week, I posted about a ceramic box that I freshened with a faux ceramic paint makeover. I used lavender from my garden in the photos {above}. I’ve used lavender several times as a prop or as d├ęcor but I don’t think I’ve ever made anything with lavender.



I researched lavender projects and couldn’t believe the amazing things you can do with this herb. Lavender water, soap, potpourri, sachets -  not to mention using it as an edible herb in a variety of recipes.

I decided to make some lavender bath salts and potpourri. But first I had to cut and dry my lavender.


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I cut bunches of lavender, bundled them up and hung outside to dry. Nope, this isn’t my backyard. I took pictures of my lavender drying but the photo above from the website Everything Lavender is so much prettier.




These bath salts are extremely easy to make and would make a great gift {Mother’s Day is just around the corner…}. Here’s what you need
  • Salts – you can purchase fancy bath salts or just use Epsom Salts like I did
  • Lavender Essential Oil {I left this out because I’m really sensitive to perfumes and fragrance}
  • Dried Lavender buds
Once your lavender is dry, remove just the buds for this project. Mix your salt, a few drops of essential oil and the lavender buds in a small bowl.



Place your lavender salts in a pretty jar and seal. I picked out this pretty jar from my jar stash and then couldn’t find the lid. To seal my jar, I rolled corrugated cardboard into a coil and used it like a cork stopper. A ribbon and tag finish off the look.



With the remaining dried lavender, I made some Lavender Rose Potpourri.


I dried the rose petals in the oven on a cookie sheet. I used the lowest setting on my oven which is 170 degrees and the petals were dry within a half hour.



I mixed the remaining lavender buds, the dried rose petals and some whole lavender flowers to create this potpourri. Use whatever you have on hand, dried leaves, bark, cinnamon sticks etc. You can also add the essential oil to the potpourri for more fragrance.





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Carolyn

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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Dirt: newspaper seedling pots

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A few weeks ago I posted about my DIY tomato cages made from branches. You can see how I made them here. I’m still working on my spring garden and want to plant some herbs to go with my tomatoes.



I’m going to start the herbs in pots and then transfer them to the garden once I clear out {uh, weed} an area. I was intrigued with newspaper starter pots that I had seen around various websites and wanted to give them a try.



The nice thing about newspaper starter pots is that once the plant is large enough to be transplanted, you just plant the entire paper pot in the ground. You can rip the bottom open a bit so the roots easily spread out. Your plant will be protected until the newspaper breaks down and composts.



To make these newspaper pots, you’ll need:
  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Optional: paper for labels and scraps of fabric
I found a nice, easy to follow tutorial here. I added little labels that I cut out on my Cricut and stamped with the herb names. I also reinforced each pot with a little scrap of fabric.



Once your pots are done, fill them with potting soil and add your seeds or little starter plants.



The pots are sitting on a bed of pebbles and paper shreds in this galvanized container.


Now I just have to buy the herb plants, clear out an area of the garden and get ready for some delicious fresh herbs.


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Carolyn

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Dirt: snap, lock and go - I need this

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Isn't this lawn pretty? Even without the daffodils I would be envious of this beautiful grass. Now that the weather is warming up, I've been making plans for our garden. This weekend, I'm going to weed out the flower beds and work some more on my herb garden.



Our lawn is on my "honey-do" list for this weekend - he just doesn't know it yet. It's time to feed the grass and get rid of the winter bare spots. I think if I pick up one of these Scotts ® Snap® Spreader Systems the lawn will definitely get checked off of the honey-do list quickly.

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I love this time of year. Tending to the garden and spending time outdoors is so enjoyable. And before you know it, the flowers will be blooming, the vegetables growing and the lawn thriving - just in time for barbeque season.

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Carolyn

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Dirt: spring planting and diy tomato cages

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I’ve mentioned here before that my neighbor generously gives us fresh produce from his garden every year. Vine ripened tomatoes, bell peppers in assorted colors, fresh zucchini, beans and more.



Once you’ve been spoiled with home grown produce it’s hard to go back to store bought vegetables. I’ve also always put off growing my own vegetables because bags of my neighbor’s harvest would show up on my doorstep.




Sadly, my neighbor is quite elderly and his health is failing. It’s hard to see him so frail and I’m sure he won’t be able to tend to his garden this year.




So for the first time in a long time, I'm planting my own small vegetable garden. I’m growing the tomatoes in pots but I couldn’t find a tomato cage that worked. Plus, why spend money on a flimsy green cage when you can make your own.




The cage looks pretty primitive but I think it will work. I started with four bamboo stakes and used sticks that I had for the cross bars. A dab of hot glue kept them in place while I secured them with twine. 




I made some plant markers out of a paint stick and small resin alphabet tiles. This tomato plant is called Better Bush Hybrid but I didn’t have enough tiles to spell that out. I had just enough tiles to spell out "Bush" and "Roma".




I’m anxious to see how my tomatoes do. Next up for my garden – fresh herbs. I have a nice galvanized tub that I plan to use. I’ll keep you posted on the harvest.

 Thanks for visiting.

 Carolyn


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