Want to learn how to grow garlic, but not sure where to start? Growing garlic is easy, and it's usually pest free – you can even use it to make a pest deterrent spray. This fall's planting yields green garlic scapes (from hardneck varieties) in late spring/early summer and garlic bulbs in mid to late summer. [Read more…]
This post is for the garlic lovers – or those who aren't sure if they like garlic but do like to use natural and organic practices in their gardens. It turns out that this fragrant bulb is good for more than just cooking, and can be a real helpmate around the yard and garden. So – without further ado – 5 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden and Yard. [Read more…]
Winter weather and the accompanying coughs and sniffles can all too often lead to ear pain and ear infections. Thankfully, most ear infections get better without treatment, i.e., antibiotics are not required. In fact, clinical studies have noted that the most commonly prescribed antibiotic, amoxicillin, is no more effective than a placebo. That said, they can still be pretty uncomfortable. I've put together a list of home remedies for earaches to help relieve ear pain.
*Note: Never use eardrops or oils inside the ear if a child has ear tubes or there is a chance of eardrum perforation. Please see your healthcare practitioner if pain is extreme or persists for several days. [Read more…]
In this post I'll discuss the easiest vegetables to store and how to store them. These crops have all moved onto my “must plant” list because they require little or no processing and last reliably in storage for months. I also have a quick video of our awesome new root cellar makeover. August and the boys did a great job adding a ton of storage to the root cellar under our front porch. [Read more…]
Cough and Sore throat remedies don't have to come from the drugstore – quick and easy relief may be right in your pantry. Sometimes sore throat pain is just caused by winter dry air; sometimes it's linked to a cold, flu or other virus. Whatever the cause, these home remedies can help relieve throat pain and speed healing. Remember – If pain is severe or persistent, is accompanied by high fever, bleeding or trouble breathing, please see a trained health care provider. Take care of yourself and get help if you need it. [Read more…]