A lot of people tend to think that learning How to Make Homemade Soap from Scratch is a daunting, complicated task, but I like to tell my readers - if you can bake a cake, you can make soap! What is Soap? First off, What is soap? "Soap", technically, isn't something you just mix and pour to cleanse your body. REAL soap (for us soap snobs) only occurs when the saponification … [Read more...] about How to Make Homemade Soap From Scratch
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It's that time of year again. Mosquitoes are swarming. Caterpillars are invading the garden. And ants are crawling all over the kitchen counter. I know I'm not the only person who has that problem. Instead of poisoning your home and plants with toxic chemicals, I urge you to consider natural alternatives for your pest control needs. Allow me to share a few of my favorite ways … [Read more...] about How To Combat Pesky Bugs Naturally!
Visitors to my home are often intrigued by the cook stove in the kitchen. Frequently guests are curious and question why I’d use a wood fired cook stove, instead of a conventional electric, natural gas or LP range. The answer is simple: I use a cook stove because I don’t choose to be dependent upon big energy corporations for my everyday needs. To my way of thinking, a cook … [Read more...] about How To Use A Wood Cook Stove
Forbidden fruit has its allure. As the Scripture says, "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” (Proverbs 9:17) No matter where we are in life or what we've been given... we always seem to want something we don't have... or can't have. The same is true with gardeners - particularly ones who travel. If you live in North Dakota and take a trip to Miami, … [Read more...] about Trees: Natural Frost Protection
Chances are you've never heard of chaya. Heck, I hadn't heard about it until just a few years ago - and I'm a plant geek. Now that I have it, however, I'd never go without it again. This is a must-grow vegetable for anyone in USDA Zone 8 and south. Further north it's probably still worth growing - I'd just keep it in a pot through the worst of the winter. What is Chaya? Chaya … [Read more...] about Grow Chaya for Years of Free Greens