Yesterday I tackled the weeds, applied fresh (homemade) compost around some of the veggies and gave everything a drink of fish emulsion-water. With last nights thunder-lightening storm, the charged air and metal fence surrounding the garden produced a natural nitrogen fertilizer.
The apple trees have been thinned of excess fruit to keep the branches from breaking. This needs to be done before the fruit gets too big and wastes energy. We'll have enough to store and can lots of apple sauce and make pie fillings for winter. The sour cherry tree is loaded with fruit as well. For several years our trees were producing every other year .. and this is the second year for consecutive fruiting. Yea!
|apples getting thinned out|
|jalapeno pickled eggs|
|dried peony flowers for winter pot-potpourri|
update: here's a link to homemade deodorant . I use a little less tea-tree oil and add a little lavender oil. Start with the room temp coconut oil .. and gradually add up to the suggested amount in the recipe of corn starch and baking soda .. I prefer organic corn starch (minus Monsanto round up ready corn) and organic baking soda (aluminum free). If you live in a hot, hot climate, you might need more cornstarch .. or make it as a powder form and skip using the coconut oil and place in a small jar with a screw cap lid. Store in a cool location during the summer. If you make this in a cold climate during the winter, the mixing bowl needs to be warmed to help soften the coconut oil.
|'refilled' deodorant containers|