Apr 052014
 

Build Your Own Simple Seed Starting Shelves with room for up to 576 seedlings under the grow lights. Sturdy, moveable and easy enough for a weekend project

Each year I start several hundred vegetable, herb and flower seedlings.  Almost all of them begin on the simple seed starting shelves my husband built over 15 years ago. I wasn’t blogging then (I started that around five years ago), so I didn’t snap any photos. Heck, I didn’t even have a digital camera back then.  Photos or no photos, these indoor planting shelves have served me well, and are fairly inexpensive to make.

The lights are suspended from chains on hooks, so they can easily be adjusted up or down.  Mounting casters on the bottom makes it a snap to move – even from one house to another.  If you use standard 22″x11″ nursery trays with 72 cells per tray, there’s room for 576 seedlings under the grow lights, plus an extra 288 seedlings on the top shelf, if you have room for it in your greenhouse, sun room or very well lit room.  Cross supports and water proof paint make it sturdy and durable.  I pair it up with a fan on a timer, to help keep the seedlings sturdy, and I also use a timer to turn the grow lights off at night.  Once the seedlings get bigger, they graduate to the greenhouse or cold frame, and then are hardened off (gently exposed to the elements over several days) and planted out into the garden. Continue reading »

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Dec 142013
 

Make Your Own Perfume with Essential Oils @ Common Sense Homesteading

Why subject yourself and those who are close to you with a chemical cocktail when you can make your own perfume with non-toxic ingredients? The modern fragrance industry uses some pretty scary chemicals.

In “Scent of Danger: Are There Toxic Ingredients in Perfumes and Colognes?“, Scientific American discusses a 2010 study of perfumes and fragrances by the Environmental Working Group, they found that:

The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label…. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.” EWG adds that some of the undisclosed ingredients are chemicals “with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.” Examples include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, which concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.

All you need to make perfume at home is a quality oil to use as a base, good quality essential oils, and a non-reactive container to store it in. I’m sharing some perfume making tips from my friend, Jo, at Jo’s Health Corner. You can visit her Young Living Essential Oil store here.  Jo is a wonderful lady with years of experience in natural health and using essential oils. Continue reading »

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May 252013
 

I love to cook, and really love using fresh herbs. But, with my busy lifestyle, I am always trying to figure out how to grow them in an easy, quick, and affordable fashion.  These ideas repurposed planters for your herb garden don’t require a lot of work or space, and look great using recyclables found in my own garage. Last but not least, they are a great opportunity for me to teach my own kids about growing and tending plants. Continue reading »

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May 242013
 

Homemade Hummingbird Food and My Favorite Nectar Feeder @ Common Sense Homesteading

This time of year the bird food section of stores includes packets of pre-mixed bright red nectar and nectar powder mix for hummingbirds.  When I first started feeding hummingbirds, I actually bought this stuff (sad, but true).  If you like to feed hummingbirds, save yourself some money and skip the red food dye, and mix up some homemade hummingbird food.  It couldn’t be simpler.  Also, I’d like to recommend my favorite hummingbird feeder to date, and some tips for keeping your hummers healthy.

Homemade Hummingbird Food – DIY Hummingbird Nectar Recipe Continue reading »

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Dec 152012
 

I always cringe when I look at the prices on gift labels at the store. Often I deliver gifts as I package them through the season (or make up gift baskets) and just skip the labels, but sometimes it’s nice to dress things up a little bit, or to label similar looking packages.

Gift Labels for Packages

With some help from friends, I’ve pulled together a few different printable gift labels.  We’ve got snowmen and trees and snowflakes for package labels.  Right click on either image, select “Save Image as” to save to your computer and print. Continue reading »

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