Thursday, April 19, 2012

Planting Spring Potatoes

 We finally received our seed potatoes in the mail. We planted them in trenches because, as the plant grows, we hill up the dirt around the potato plant. This is because the potato grows from the seed up to the surface. This method works great for us giving the potatoes an area to grow. 

The trenches are 12 inches deep and 12 feet long.
We planted three types of potatoes:
  1. Yukon Gold
  2. Rio Grande
  3. Sangre (red skin potato)

Spring has definitely sprung around here! All our plants are starting to bud and are growing strong.
This is our blueberry bush. We have to be quick picking these because the birds in our area love fresh blueberries as much as we do.

This is last years herb garden, untouched! Because of the mild weather this winter, everything survived and flourished this spring. We had fresh parsley all year.

Our herb garden includes : sage, parsley, oregano, chives, cilantro.

Our strawberry plant is also a favorite of the birds. However, being so close to the ground, they face another threat, slugs! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Soy Candles for Spring

Every season we make candles. We make soy candles because they are made from sustainable product. It's a natural product that helps farmers and burns cleaner.
Here are the steps :
Whats needed: we used four candle jars we saved from cleaned our previously burned candle, a melting pot, a wooden spoon, a thermometer, a bunch of dyes, the wicks, and the vials of scents.

We start by glueing the wicks to the bottom of the jar.
Next we weigh the soy wax.

And melt them on the stove.

Once the temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit, drop 2 dye chips in and an ounce of fragrance & stir.

You then take it off the heat and let it cool to 125 degrees

and pour it into the jar, use popsicle sticks to hold the wick in place.

We repeated the process with four scrumptious scents : strawberry shortcake, lavender, lemon chiffon, and rosemary.
embellish with a cute bow, stickers or whatever you like! And your done! Candle making is a surprisingly easy and fun seasonal project that you can enjoy all spring! (or any other season you choose as a matter of fact!)

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