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Using epsom salt in the garden

PLANTING WITH EPSOM SALT For setting up your garden and the initial planting stage, Ultra Epsom Salt is especially useful for getting a nourishing start. Prep your garden soil by sprinkling up to 1 cup of Ultra Epsom Salt per 100 square feet, and then work it into the soil before seeding or planting. This helps the seeds to germinate better, and start with a strong and healthy growth. It is also very beneficial for more mature plants that you are going to add to your garden, since the transition can be difficult for their growth and health. VEGETABLE GARDENS & EPSOM…

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Why Epsom Salt Works in the Garden

Composed almost exclusively of Magnesium Sulfate, Epsom salt is intensely rich in these two minerals that are both crucial to healthy plant life. These same minerals which are so beneficial for bathing and using around the house are also a wonderful facilitator to your garden, helping it reach its fullest potential and creating a lush and vibrant outdoor space. Unlike common fertilizers, Epsom Salt does not build up in the soil over time, so it is very safe to use. MAGNESIUM Magnesium is beneficial to plants from the beginning of their life, right when the seed begins to develop. It…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening

Three Sisters Garden

The ancient Native American technique of growing Corn, Beans, and Squash together in an arrangement called the Three Sisters is the ultimate in companion planting and helps increase harvests, naturally! Corn acts as a support for climbing bean vines, the beans fix nitrogen in the soil for the high feeding requirements of corn and squash, and the squash provides mulch and root protection for the corn and beans! After cooperating beautifully in the garden, corn and beans form a complete protein when eaten together! How’s that for a mutually beneficial relationship? The Three Sisters are all easy to direct sow in the garden and are a great project for children, teaching…

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What should I plant in March in my High Desert garden?

For High Desert planters, this is what I suggest: Bean, bush Bean, lima beet, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Chard, sweet corn, Cucumber, leaf lettuce, spring peas, Pepper, Irish seed potato, Radish, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer squash, Tomato plant, Turnip, Watermelon Some of these might need some protection if a frost hits so pay attention!  This would include squash, tomatoes, peppers and melons.  The rest should do fine with bad weather for the most part.  Some straw wouldn’t hurt and neither would some plastic, or a milk jug. March Bean, bush Bean, lima beet Cantaloupe Carrot Chard Corn, sweet Cucumber leaf lettuce Pea,…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening

Transplanting cucumbers and green beans

Ok, I have a question. This is the first time I have started seeds indoors. We planted in egg cartons. It’s been a week and the green beans and cucumbers are huge. How long can they stay in the egg cartons? I had no idea how fast they’d grow and thought I’d just go from the egg cartons to the ground in a few weeks. Now, it’s looking like I’ll have to transplant. What do you think? I’d direct seed the green beans for sure and don’t usually transplant cukes. They don’t like to be transplanted, but transplant ok as…

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in Blog, Canning, Recipes

492 Meals in a jar recipes

This is awesome.  There are 492 meals you can make in a jar.  I’m definitely going to use these.  Imagine how easy it would be to just go to your cupboard and grab a jar of pre-put together from scratch soup, put some water in it and microwave it.  As easy as a cup of Ramen noodles or a can of chili or whatever, but healthy and so much cheaper!     http://www.budget101.com/frugal/convenience-mixes-181/

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in Blog, Horse riding, Natural Health

Horse Workout Update

I haven’t written about my horse riding lessons for a while now, but I wanted to give an update.  Wow, what a difference.  It’s been 6 months and I’ve been taking 3-4 lessons a week.  The difference in my riding skills is amazing, but more amazing is the difference in my strength and endurance. I had a potassium deficiency that made me lose a ton of muscle and six months ago, I wrote that 30 minutes of very light horse riding totally wiped me out.  Now I can ride for an hour and a half of intense exercises and come…

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in Blog, Homemade, Natural Health

So sunburned!

I am really sunburned.  Between riding lessons, gardening and pruning the vineyard, my poor skin is really suffering.  I have the weirdest farmer’s tan too.  But ignoring that, I wanted to learn what ways I could treat a sunburn naturally.  Turns out there’s lots of ways. We all know good ole aloe vera.  This spiky plant has tons of moisturizing goo inside that cools off your burn.  which is also wonderful for minor scrapes and cuts and an all around wonderful substance for the skin. Just break off a branch, cut it open and rub it on your skin-or buy…

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in Blog, DIY, Homemade, Homesteading Skills

Homemade Fly Trap

I found some awesome plans online for homemade fly traps.  These come from a book published in 1915 back when people still did things for themselves.  The book is Shop Projects based on community problems.  What a concept!  It does make sense though considering the time period.  This was the age of American Functionalism, an early movement in psychology that said we should apply the ideas of psychology towards making a better society and teaching children to be good citizens.  These ends were to be achieved through hands on, practical tasks. So here’s the basic idea.  I will update this as…

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