Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream: Homemade Gift Ideas

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How to make homemade shaving cream with coconut oil and shea butter that smells of a delicious rosemary-mint pairing. Great for personalized Christmas gifts or just to pamper yourself. Around the same time that I started washing my face daily with the Ginger Coconut Oil Body Scrub I had concocted in the kitchen, I also […]

Caring for Seedlings Indoors

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You’ve put the seeds in small dirt cups, watered and given them a home to grow. Now that there are tiny plants, how do you care for those seedlings until it’s time to place them in the ground? Here in Chez Olmanson, our first batch of seedlings is coming along nicely. Nearly all the seeds […]

When to Start Your Seedlings Indoors

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Gardening can be difficult if you aren’t familiar with it. I mean, when do you start seedlings from seeds, and when do those seedlings get put in the ground, and what is the frost date for my hardiness zone, but first, what is a hardiness zone? This year we are starting most of our plants […]

How to Make a Seedling Tray Out of Recycled Products

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Here in the Midwest, there is still snow on the ground, but temperatures are on the rise, and it’s time to start thinking about gardens and, more importantly, getting seedlings started. We’ll be starting our seedlings indoors because the temperatures still drop below freezing at night, and to do this, we’ll need to build a […]

Green Does My Garden Grow: Preparing for Next Year

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When I considered what I would plant in my garden in the spring after Ole had finished placing each and every rock around the bed, I really just picked things that I liked. I didn’t do much planning or thoughtful introspection. I knew I wanted a kitchen garden, a potager, and already had my herbs […]

Planting an Herb Garden…in a Pot.

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I have a relatively large backyard for living in an urban area, yet my herb gardens live in pots. There are many reasons for this, but I first became a believer in the potted herbs after my first attempt at growing them. I had purchased seedlings and planted them hoping to serve more flavorful dishes […]

7 Ways to Reuse Old Food Containers

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Photo by kennymatic Food packaging can be such a waste. Everything seems to come in a plastic bottle, a tiny box, plastic clamshells and aluminum pans. All of that packaging results in a lot of garbage, but it doesn’t have to make its way directly to the garbage. Reusing that packaging is a great way […]