Spring chicks March 2017
It’s a little weird here on the homestead. Yesterday Jeff and I walked through the woods to check out the deadfall from the high winds we had a few days ago. Lots of trees that will hopefully be turned into fire wood. I looked for signs of spring and saw a few little green leaves popping up through the decayed vegetation on the ground. I thought about the black caps and wondered if we’d get a good harvest. I daydreamed about getting some baby goats.
And then there’s today… Continue reading
We planted three apple trees this past spring, and while they appear to be doing great, they also seem to have “inherited” the fungus that all of the maple trees have. I haven’t done any testing to determine what it is specifically. I just know it’s fungal and it looks like yuck. My hunch is that it’s a rust disease but I don’t know if rust diseases are common for maples, and they look the same. But I digress… I don’t believe it will kill the trees, but since the apple trees are still new, it may be a little harder for them to adapt. Continue reading
Planting a fall garden is a great way to extend your growing season. Enjoy fresh vegetables when most people are stuck with canned or cardboard-tasting grocery store versions. And you’ll be proud to serve fresh vegetables at your holiday celebrations.
Modern lives are more stressful than they used to be. Stress can lead to many serious health issues so managing it is important. Left un-managed, stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, a weakened immune system, gastrointestinal issues, depression and more. Homeopathic remedies can help you manage stress as long as you know which remedy will work best for your type of stress. Continue reading
As someone that has suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember, I’d like to offer a few tips to try when you first notice your pain is increasing. You need to act fast because waiting, at least for me, will mean a full blown migraine. And that’s the last thing you want.
A couple of months ago I ordered some lemongrass essential oil to make an insect repellent that I never got around to doing. Then I goofed on my Essential Rewards order and got a repeat of the previous month – resulting in two nice big bottles of lemongrass EO. I love the smell of lemon so it isn’t as bad as it sounds, but I wanted to find out a few more lemongrass oil uses and benefits.* Here is what I found. Continue reading
As fall approaches you are likely doing a variety of garden chores from cleaning up spent plants to planning your fall vegetable garden. Don’t forget to re-plant some of your favorite herbs for an extra harvest before the snow flies. Continue reading
Comfrey has been used medicinally since as early as 400 B.C. Its name literally means to grow together or to heal. It is known by other names as well including knitbone, bruisewort and boneset. This herb has been proven valuable through the ages and continues to have value to us today. Continue reading
Organic gardening is becoming a popular movement even though it was common-place to our ancestors. Of course, our ancestors didn’t call it organic gardening; they called it feeding their family. With the advent of synthetic chemical pesticides, farmers and gardeners thought their worries were over as they doused their crops with toxic chemicals that not only killed all the insects, but as was later discovered, also contributed to a variety of health issues. Continue reading
Of the many natural remedies for allergies, vitamins and nutritional supplements are useful tools for strengthening your body against seasonal attacks because they can balance your immune system. This balance is essential because allergic reactions are due to an immune system that is over-active, attacking harmless substances with the same vigor as it would a virus or bacteria. When your immune system is functioning properly, allergic reactions are reduced. Continue reading