I have not posted in a long time o_O I've been so busy. Winter was so hard and now that spring is here, I've been very active outdoors and also gardening a lot. My computer also crashed recently.
There's two new soaps available now; Summer Time Citrus Gardener's Soap
and Vanilla, Lavender, and Peppermint Soap
. My favorite is the Vanilla, Lavender, and Peppermint. My goodness I want to freaking EAT IT it smells so good haha. But alas, I can not ~_~
Now onto gardening. I have become absolutely bonkers addicted to gardening. I've never really done any half way serious gardening before other than helping my mother out with carrots and radishes when I was younger, but this year, I decided to give it a go. I joined a gardener's forum and also met a couple gardener's recently so luckily I am not going into it totally ignorant. I was given a ton of local organic heirloom seeds, containers, and cage free chicken egg shells recently for cleaning a room for someone, so that was a big motivation. Of course, getting to eat a bunch of fresh grown veggies and herbs for next to nothing is a great motivation too ;)
Then when I went to put a basket of my soap up for sale in the 66 Produce Shop in Kernersville, Cindy hooked me up with a lot of starter veggie and herb plants for super cheap.
I'm doing most of it in containers. We have a lot of land here but no time to deal with all the tilling and whatnot, plus we live in the country sort of, so I'm kind of afraid of little critters and deer eating everything up. I put a few things in the ground next to the fence by the swimming pool though because they got so big.
I'm doing everything as "organic" as possible. The only "pesticide" I'm using is taking some of my natural soap and putting it into a spray bottle with warm water so it dissolves, dropping in a little neem oil then lightly spraying the plants with it. I notice a little bit of bug nibbles on some leaves (usually just the pepper plants) but nothing worth going nuts over. I'm using 3 different kinds of potting soil; the cheapo $2/bag Timberline stuff, Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix, and Sta~Green Moisture Control Potting Mix. The reason why is #1, most of this is given to me free or for really cheap, #2 experimenting!. So far it looks like they all do the same, no lie. Isn't that strange? The only difference is the Timberline potting mix retains moisture a lot more which attracts gnats, but I kill the gnats off by dumping peppermint tea and coffee grinds in the pot.
Here is one picture, but the rest I'm putting under a cut because there's so many...
This is a cucumber plant, yellow bell pepper plant, and zucchini plant:( More Gardening PicturesCollapse )