Well, here we are. Another traditional May long weekend with traditional rainy weather. Here in Western Canada, we have experienced unusually mild temperatures leading up to this may long weekend. Many have had the urge to buy their flower baskets earlier than usual and planting seeds earlier than May long.. yes, me too. What's life without a little risk here and there and besides, if the seeds don't take... try again.
How easy it is to plant some Sage and Lavender plants at your local garden centre. Plucking these blossoms and sprigs when ripe and inserting them into large tea bag sachets is a wonderful way to carry the scents of summer long into the fall and winter.
But how do we care for these plants in the meantime? Although we claim to appreciate the eco-culture, pests can ruin our precious garden. Here's are a couple of easy mixes you can make in a spray bottle and protect your sacred garden, guilt-free and eco-sensitively. Here's an old prairie homesteader recipe and a hack:
Onion and Garlic SprayMince one organic clove of garlic and one medium sized organic onion. Add to a quart of water. Wait one hour and then add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of liquid soap to the mix. This organic spray will hold its potency for one week if stored in the refrigerator. You will smell it - but it's designed to keep those stupid ants and aphids at bay!
Attract Lady Bugs (aphid-eaters) by planting daisies in your garden. Beautiful and useful.
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Some customers ask me if I have any candles that smell like fruit punch, bubble gum, etc. I kindly respond that my products are solely plant based. For reference, how often do you come across a bubble gum tree on your nature hikes?
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