Category Archives: Eco Friendly

7 STEPS TO AN ORGANIC GARDEN

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My babies are growing 🙂

Last Fall I saved some seeds from my favorite organic home-grown (in my backyard) gourds… and THIS is what they’re doing now! 🙂

Here’s how to harvest and plant your own little organic garden:

1. HARVEST SEEDS
Select a generous fruit/veggie to harvest seeds from. You want your future plants to have the best chance for success! Choosing a bountiful, large, healthy “mama-fruit” to take your seeds from is the first step in a productive garden plan!

2. CLEAN SEEDS
Gently rinse the fruit matter (pulp) and debree off of your seeds with cool water (not hot or soapy!). This insures there’s nothing for fungus, mold, or gnats to feed on while your seeds are stored. These culprits can destroy your hopes for next years garden! Lay seeds out on a plate or paper towel to air dry after rinsing.

3. STORE SEEDS
After you’ve allowed your clean seeds to air dry, seeds need to “winter” or “harden” by spending a season asleep. You can safely store seeds in a breathable container (allowing fresh air to circulate) in your fridge to mimic the winter season. I use simple envelopes that I’ve painted or labeled for seed storage. Cotton tea bags work great, too. Just remember to label them so you can identify what you’re planting next Spring!

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4. START SEEDLINGS
A few weeks before Spring officially starts you can sprout your seeds indoors! This is where the magic happens! Begin with a clean seed-starting medium (seedlings don’t actually need soil until they’re about a week old – before then the seedling lives off of the nutrients that were stored in the seed itself!). You’ll have more success if you sprout your seeds in a damp paper towel overnight. Transfer these little sprouts gently to a tray or container of soil. Keep them damp (not soaking wet and not dry) and watch your garden grow before your eyes!

5. TRANSPLANT
After all danger of freezing has past in your area (no chance of temperatures dipping below 32° at night) then you’re ready to bring your teenage plants outside to mature! By now they’ll be bushy mini plants anxious to spread their roots and leaves in the warm earth and sunshine! To help them adjust to the outdoor life, set them outside (still in their tray or pot) during the daytime for a few days before transplanting them permanently. This helps them get use to the elements (like wind or rain and fluctuating temperatures) gradually and lessens the likelihood of shock (which could destroy your precious plantling). After a few days of this they’re ready to join the soil outside! Pick a spot with plently of sunshine and rich healthy soil and hasn’t been exposed to chemicals or artificial fertilizers within the last 3 years. If necessary, you can purchase organic soil to add to your garden area from your local garden center. I make my own rich organic soil (instructions on how to do that will be in a later post).  Thouroughly water the spot before planting so the new plant will have optimal conditions for thriving in its new home!

6. WATCH YOUR GARDEN GROW
For the rest of the garden season keep an eye on your plants. You’ll want to keep the ground watered frequently enough that the plants do not wilt. If you see some of the leaves turning yellow this may be an indication that they’re getting too much water. Decrease your watering over the next week or two and your plants should recover.

7. HARVEST TIME
Let the fruits and veggies ripen on the plant. When they look tasty… pick them and eat! And remember, save the seeds from the biggest, most delectable, generous fruit for next year’s garden!

Enjoy your HAPPY LIFE!

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Take your places!

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As I was snowed in today… I took a moment to prep for Spring.

I painted this tomato plant marker. I love it.  Somehow will laminate or seal it… paste it to a stick and then cherish it in my gardenscape.

I’d like to offer these at my booth at the farmer’s market this next season, too! I’ll keep you posted.

Until then… daydream with me of sunnier days.

Live happy.

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This spring I’m looking to welcome a few friendly feathered friends to our little urban farmland.

Cayuga ducks are some of my favorites as they are rather docile and tend to not wander outside their yard. They’re also one of the less noisy breeds – less quacks means more tolerant neighbors when you live in the city!

Another sure way of keeping neighbors happy is to share the bounty – these ducks are excellent egg layers!

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One of the best duck breeds for production.

Their egg shells are an exotic gray to black. 

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Ducks love some space to swim and I plan not to disappoint!

While, this year, my pond will probably look more like this one:

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I have a much more attractive, and elaborate, plan in progress!

It will look more like this dream water garden:

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Enjoying the journey of Urban Farm Living!

Have tips you’d like to share?

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Garden Muse

There’s something magical that happens… to me… when I’m in my garden.

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Something exotic, erotic, entangling, esoteric…

I’d imagine it is most similar to the inebriation that blurred the eyes of the sailors as their Sirens sang.

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I get swept away.

My heart smiles.

My thoughts drift to the hope and wishes of mother plants dropping their fruit.

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And every thing is good.

The light is hot.

The earth is warm.

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The water climbs it’s way through the veins of stems to find thirsty pockets in leaves.

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Curious flights of butterflies land delicate on brightly bursting blooms.

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I want nothing more than to always be… where magic happens… inside of me.

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Packing an Eco Friendly Kiddo Lunch

Pack an Eco Friendly Kiddo Lunch

In my attempts to withdraw from using plastic baggies I have begun packing bite-sized side items into mini mason jars.
The jars in the picture have raw sunflower seed and home-sprouted beans. Works wonderfully, the kids feel really special at school, and the number one benefit: NO PLASTIC.

Preserving all living beings, one consumer’s choice at a time.

Eco-Friendly Lunchies!!

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These lunch bags are super cute and a perfect alternative for the savvy-souper!

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I suppose if you had LOTS of TIME you could sew your own… or just buy it here!

Bring your lunch in style and save the planet… ONE BAG AT A TIME.

And, Be Happy! ❤

Friendly Fox Play Tent

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I’ve created this character for children’s stories – he’s a friendly little fox named… well, Friendly Fox! 🙂

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He adventures around the forest, climbs trees and his best friend is a little girl named Bea.

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Now your kiddos can adventure with Friendly Fox in a whole new way – Play Tent with Friendly Fox!

Perfect for a rainy day indoor playtime! Or pitch it outside under their favorite tree.

Imaginations soar with this sweet little tent.

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BUY IT AT MY ETSY SHOP

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Each tent is hand painted by me and slightly unique.

The first in a series of Friendly Fox adventure children’s stories will be coming soon!