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Stinky T-Shirt Collars

Stinky T Shirt

Several years ago I wrote a post summarizing my results of a year-long experiment in using homemade laundry detergent. One of the challenges I faced in using the detergent was the unpleasant odor of t-shirt collars once they met with a sweaty workout. Since my original post I’ve read several online blogs where folks were [...]


Something I learned about Bokashi Soil

Bokashi Container

Nutrient-rich bokashi soil retains more moisture than “regular” soil. Regular is in quotes because there is nothing regular about regular soil. Soil is supposed to be nutrient rich, but we’ve become so accustomed to the stripped down version, which requires synthetic fertilizing, so that anything different is considered an anomaly. Last year when I created [...]


Make Shift Bird Deterrents

Bird Spikes

We’ve been having problems with birds building nests under our back porch. I don’t mind the birds so much but our garage is under the porch and our cars are constantly bombed with bird poop. Our cars looked like they spent the night in an aviary. So the battle began. I tried removing the nests [...]


I Love This Time of Year!

Early Strawberries

As I was evaluating my container garden this year, I couldn’t help but snap a photo of my early strawberries. These are the very same strawberries I almost tossed in the compost pile (thanks Crystal and her SIL for talking me down). There was also another surprise. For seasoned gardeners this isn’t a big deal [...]


Container Gardening Year 2


Last year was the first year of container gardening. All in all, I think my growing season was pretty successful. Now it’s time to get things prepared for this year’s growing season. This year I’ve removed the wheels from the bottom of my containers. While the idea was a good one, it wasn’t truly necessary. [...]

Kitchen Cleaning Spray

If you’re one who uses kitchen wipes to keep your counters clean and as bacterial free as possible, why not make your own homemade disinfectant spray and accomplish the same thing for a fraction of the cost. The big difference between your homemade kitchen spray and the store-bought wipes is your homemade spray is non-toxic [...]


Stocking Up on Cleaning Supplies

Baking Soda

I was running low on cleaning supplies so I made a trip to the local Walmart. While there I bought several bottles of hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar and witch hazel. To that I added several boxes of baking soda. The bottom of my cart was lined with nothing but those items. As I looked at [...]