Companion Planting Part 2 – Don’t Plant These Plants Together Too

Many gardeners know that some plants do well when they’re planted near each other. For example, When you plant basil and dill among tomatoes they protect the tomatoes from hornworms. Also, sage scattered in a cabbage patch reduces the impact of cabbage moths. But there are also plants that should not be planted near each […]

Companion Planting or What NOT To Plant Together

Usually when you see an article about companion planting, it discusses which plants to plant near each other. However, this is a nice twist. Mindi discusses which plants you should NOT plant close together in your garden. Here’s an example: Plants in the bean family does not normally thrive if planted near vegetables like onions, leeks, […]

9 Powerful Home Remedies for Arthritis

If you have arthritis, you know how the aches and joint pain can slow you down, and interfere with the enjoyment of life. This article discusses 9 powerful home remedies that can ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis. One of more of these methods may help you. The article discusses: Lifestyle changes Supplements Recipe for a […]

How to Make Agua de Pepino (Cucumber Cooler with Lime)

  Mexico and Central America have a variety of Aguas Frescas which are refreshing drinks made with fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers and other healthy ingredients. This is a recipe by Andrea of Greenbacks Gal for Agua de Pepino.  It’s a summer thirst quencher made with cucumber, lime juice and other ingredients.  It’s both refreshing and […]

Ultra-Nourishing Herbal Foot Butter Recipe

Do you have dry, scaly or cracked feet?   Andrea has created a wonderful, homemade foot butter to make your feet soft and happy! Shea butter, natural oil, essential oils and other ingredients all combine to make a soothing foot butter.  Shea butter has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties. […]

17 Old Time Granny Cures That Still Work

In this article, Debra of DIY Natural shares 17 old time “Granny cures” that have been used in the southern Appalachians and Ozarks for ages. Debra explains the properties and purpose of each herbal remedy. One thing I like is that she also includes health precautions where appropriate. For example: White Willow Bark was used […]

10 Ways to Preserve Summer Fruits & Vegetables Without Canning

Many people are intimidated by canning, and are afraid if they do it wrong they’ll end up with unhealthy preserves. As a result of this fear,  it’s likely that a lot of garden fruits and veggies likely go to waste each year.  Emma of theKitchn comes to the rescue with 10 different ways to preserve […]

Homemade Lavender & Labdanum Body Oil

This is a recipe by Marie of Humblebee & Me.  She uses two oils as the base. They absorb quickly into the skin and provide the moisturizing power. Then Marie adds lavender and labdanum essential oils for scent. It is one of the easiest recipes to make: Mix, shake and then apply. Click on the […]

10 Easy Jams & Pickles for Beginners (Recipes)

In this article,  Faith shares 10 different canning/preserves recipes.  There is something here for everyone. Refrigerator jams really are an easy and excellent way to start preserving the fruit from your garden. Faith then recommends trying pickled radishes or a small batch of dill pickles. All of the recipes are very clear and easy to follow.  […]

How to Make Homemade Lavender Hand Cream

Jami of the Happy Housewife shares her recipe for homemade Lavender Hand Cream.  She’s a gardener and finds that gardening makes her hands and cuticles dry.  She decided to make her own hand cream in order to use natural ingredients and to get a consistent cream that would work on her hands and also on […]