Since my second bed was put together by the church gardeners, all I had to do is plant some tomatoes, peppers, basil, tomatillos, etc. But I also planted more flowers for our pollinators in the first bed. Last year, we had bees and beautiful butterflies visiting the garden. I would like to see, if a hummingbird is coming over for a visit as well. Pollinators are so important for a vegetable/fruit garden. Some plants get wind pollinated, others need a little help from our insect and bird friends.While most of the flowers still have to grow, before they will bloom; I captured photos of some flowers, which are in bloom right now. And of course, the vegetables are growing very well too.
When I came back from our local Community Garden, I put some plants back inside the greenhouse. I checked on my other plants and noticed, we have a little visitor. It must have been attracted to my flowers and got trapped in the greenhouse, last night. When I opened the window, I helped the butterfly to find it’s way out. Now, she’s free to fly to any flower outside.
Essential oils are in my family for the last 30+ years. But I didn’t know there was such a variety, until I stumbled over it in Spring 2011. Seven years ago, I purchased my first 14-piece set. It took about another year and a half, until I really got interested into mixing and diffusing them. Today over 75 bottles later, I can’t imagine living without essential oils.
A few years back, I finally found a shelf where I could display my oil bottles and have easier access to them. I’ve got the idea in an oil forum. A lady found a pretty nail polish shelf.
Due to the rains in February and the warmer temperatures in March, our lawn looks like a meadow. We have henbit, chickweed, dandelion, blue field madder, baby blue eyes, wood sorrel/oxalis, and many other little blooms flourish in the yard. Of course there are blooms, what some gardeners consider as weeds. Because they are very invasive and hard to get rid off in a “perfect” yard/garden. What a lot of people don’t know is that some of these plants are edible. Here are some examples of the plants from our yard.
- Henbit can be eaten fresh or cooked, and be used in teas. It is very nutritious, high in iron, vitamins and fiber. Henbit can be added to salads, wraps, and soups. But it shouldn’t be consumed in high amounts, because it is a laxative.
- Common Chickweed leaves can be added to sandwiches and salads. They are also good for soups and stews.
- Wood Sorrel/Oxalis can be used to spice up salads. It should not be eaten in extensive amounts, since it can cause kidney stones in some people.
- Dandelion can be used in salads, tea, and as coffee. While it taste like coffee it doesn’t contain any caffeine.
Joshua slipped out the patio door, this afternoon. And the first thing he did, was rubbing all the Winter itchies out and all the good great smell of Spring into his fur. “Spring feels sooo goood! When you gonna grill more chicken for me?” he asked with this particular look in his eyes, when he came around from behind the grill.