All Natural Bug Spray

it’s that time of year again… the sun is shining, it’s light longer, we’re grilling, chilling, and enjoying the great outdoors..but those pesky mosquitoes are out in force, searching for their next meal!

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Organic Hummingbird Food Recipe

kreationsbyjulz.comi love hummingbirds! ..they’re beautiful, fun to watch, and even friendly once they get to know you..

..and best of all they don’t leave a huge birdseed mess all over the ground, attracting, slugs, rodents and weeds.

in nature, hummingbirds eat flower nectar for energy and bugs for protein, flower nectar is 21% to 23% sucrose.

making your own organic hummingbird nectar will cost you pennies using just one ingredient from your pantry.

the feeder.

first, you’ll want to choose a feeder. the most important feature when selecting a feeder is, make sure it’s easily taken apart for cleaning, it’s extremely important to keep your feeder clean.

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Natural Pest Control in the Garden

just say no to poison.

chemical pesticides are not only cheap but easily accessible, but do you really want to be spraying your edible garden plants with toxic poison..? doesn’t sound appetizing to me.. nor is it healthy for your children, pets, environment, beneficial insects or you!

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Eggs in the Garden

the incredible, edible egg.

not only are eggs good to eat, they’re great for the garden too!

the next time you hard boil eggs, save the water, let it cool and pour it on your garden. the water becomes enriched with calcium when the eggs are cooked… plus, why pour water down the sink when you can reuse it!

..and once you shell the egg, rinse the shells and save them for use in the garden, i toss mine into a jar. why? because egg shells have beneficial nutrients and uses in your garden.

five uses for eggs in the garden.

  1. deter slugs, snails and cutworms by adding a perimeter of crushed egg shells around your plants. the sharp egg shells scrape their slimy bodies and they’ll likely turn around and head in the other direction. a great organic pest control for those slow crawlers that reek havoc on our garden veggies late at night.
  2. when planting your tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, drop eggs shells into the planting hole before adding your plant, some even toss in a whole egg, yolk and all. these crops are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is caused by calcium deficiency, there’s no harm in making sure your plants have a steady source of calcium.
  3. use crushed egg shells in your vermicomposting and/or compost bin, it’ll add calcium to your finished compost.
  4. use crushed egg shells in your seed starting pots.
  5. if you’re feeding birds in your yard, add a small dish of crushed egg shells near the feeder, females need the extra calcium, especially when they’re egg laying or recently laid.

Urban Gardening

i haven’t had much time for quilting this past week or so, because i’ve been busy getting my raised garden boxes prepped, planted, and fed.

i started gardening last year in a very limited space along side our house, i started with 1 raised garden box, then 2, 3 and ended with 4 because that’s literally all i could fit. as you can see in the photo above, we even went vertical with our herb boxes, making use of all the space we could.

last year i learned what vegetables worked well and what did not. i quickly discovered that the zucchini and squash outgrew their space, so this season my daughter is fostering my zucchini and squash in her large garden.

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DIY Natural Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner

many of todays cleaners not only remove dirt, they leave behind toxic chemicals, are not safe for use around children or pets, and shouldn’t be inhaled.

all one has to do is read the ingredients on the label to understand, modern day cleaners are not a healthy option for you or your family.

a few years ago, i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers, and search for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.

this formula is not only cost effective to make, it cleans, disinfects, fights soap scum, mineral deposits and smells great too, and no it doesn’t smell like vinegar!

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DIY Natural Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap

about four years ago i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers and look for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.

i’ll be sharing all my natural cleansers, laundry soap, stain fighters and more in a series of blog posts, beginning with this all important one…..handwashing!

i do love bath & body works sea island cotton foaming hand soap, but i don’t love the cost, even on sale. i’ll show you how to create your own natural antibacterial foaming hand soap using just two ingredients mixed with water!

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