My Journey to a Chemical Free Lifestyle: DIY Veggie Wash

One of the joys of growing your own food is that you can control what you put in the soil and on your plants. At my home we are trying to grow our food as organically as possible.

Maybe you don’t have the time or place to grow your own garden. If that is the case, food at the local farmer’s market is a wonderful place to buy your produce. You are buying food that is grown locally and most of the time you get to meet the people who grew it. This allows you to ask questions about whether or not they use pesticides. The best part, to me, is that the food is usually picked fresh that day and isn’t sprayed with any waxy substance. Read More »

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What’s in the Garden? Zucchini and Crookneck Squash

The zucchini plants have grown a lot in the past month.  Big yellow flowers began appearing and the honey bees have been busy spreading the pollen from flower to flower.  I have enjoyed my morning strolls in the garden watching the tiny zucchini grow larger each day.  This week I began harvesting zucchini and crookneck squash from my garden.  Oh, the joys of springtime in the garden!Read More »

Quick and Easy Crabstick Cucumber Snacks

This week’s recipe is perfect for quite a few scenarios.  The first time I had this, I ate it as a great finger food at a family wedding.  Then I learned to make it at my home and served it as an appetizer at quite a few dinners.  Lately, I’ve been using it as my Lenten-friendly Friday lunch.  It does fall under the category of “easy recipes,” but I’m not so sure how healthy it is with the crabstick and mayo.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure you could substitute greek yogurt for the mayo.  Let me know if you try it this way and how it comes out.Read More »

All About Young Living Ningxia Red – Why Should You Try It?

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Ever heard of Young Living’s Ningxia Red?  This sweet & tangy drink is a powerful whole-body supplement. It includes wolfberry purée, which is touted for its health benefits, as well as plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts. It also includes pure vanilla extract and lemon, orange, yuzu, and tangerine essential oils for a great tasting healthy treat. (My kids look forward to their daily serving of Ningxia Red!)Read More »

What’s in the Garden? Tomato Plants are Growing!

Spring is here.  It’s my favorite season.  Today, I thought I would take you into the garden with me to check on my tomato plants.  Plants that I started from seeds in January (What’s in the Greenhouse-Seedlings post).  In February, after the seedlings grew a set or two of true leaves, I transplanted them into small foam cups (What’s in the Greenhouse You win some You lose some). Only four weeks ago in my post (What’s in the Garden Tomato Plants), I shared how I planted 32 tomato plants (8 varieties of tomatoes – 4 plants of each variety) into two raised garden beds that measure 4 feet wide by 16 feet long.   Most of these tomato plants were still quite small.  In four short weeks, they have grown amazingly.

It is time to support each plant.  My original plan was to tie the plants in one bed to a hog panel and allow all branches and suckers to grow.  In the other bed, I planned on attaching them to strings and breaking off most of the suckers. After my husband set up the hog panel in the first bed, I decided to put hog panels in the middle of both beds.  In the first bed we placed the panel 18 inches above the ground so that we would end up with about six and a half feet of height to support the tomato  plants.  In the second bed we already had a frame that allows us to put shade cloth over the bed.  Because of the height of this frame, we placed the hog panel only twelve inches above the bed.

Tomato Plants Growing 2

Next, it was time to start  training them to grow toward the hog panel.  In the first bed I attached one end of a piece of  bailing twine to a long spike  and the other end to the hog panel.  I pushed the spike into the ground.  Lastly, I used plastic tomato trellis clips to attach each plant to the twine.

Tomato Plants Growing 1

In the second bed, I already had twine attached to the frame and spike in the ground, so all I had to do was attach the plants to the twine.

Tomato Plants 3

Once the plants are tall enough, I will begin attaching them to the hog panel.

The plants have grown a lot in the past month and upon closer inspection, I have found a few plants have begun flowering.   Oh, the joys of springtime in the garden!

–Penny