The Harvest

This season has been full of up and downs, not unlike this roller-coaster of life. Just when I thought the whole thing was a total waste, we miraculously received the most plentiful application of rainwater that seemed to revive and restore the land to a time before concrete jungles and rush hour traffic. In fact […]




What are some challenges of the first year back to eden garden?

It’s extremely exciting to find out that the seeds you had planted over 2 months ago which hadn’t yet germinated, are in fact viable when they start poking their little leaves out of the soil. For  a minute there, I was starting to wonder about my skills as a gardener. Very few of my seeds germinated […]




Spring deep woodchip mulch garden planting is complete!

Spring is here and the deep mulch back to Eden Garden has officially been planted! I spent the beautiful weekend finishing up instead of playing, but it had to be done! Now that is not to say I am done. Lord knows that I am not even close to finished on the things that I […]




How to create a Back to Eden garden in a hurry

So being that I didn’t have nearly enough time for the woodchips to decompose, and that I wasn’t actually able to acquire the soil from the old garden, I decided that my original vision for this season simply needed a readjustment. So instead of waiting for the chips to decompose because it just takes too […]




how to repurpose a garden

Repurposing is the trendy thing to do these days. Pinterest has made it so. But lets just get real, repurposing is a fancy way of finding new uses for old things, because you can’t afford the new thing that would function in that way. It’s also an opportunity to be creative you poor old sap, […]




What can I do to cut back on spending?

I am so impatient. I try to pretend that I am, but I’m not, I’m just disciplined. Nothing can ever happen fast enough for me, and that is the real truth. I have a little reminder next to my desk outlining my student loans and each month I write the new balance and cross out […]




I can’t believe it’s not Shea or Cocoa butta!

So it has been almost a few years since I made my balm and I still have the oil I was using for my last batch which has been double infused with more skin friendly herbs. So the only ingredients I was missing was the shea butter and cocoa butter which I just received in […]




How do I make tallow soap? Just don’t make it, not worth it!

So you want to learn how not to make Tallow Soap. If that is not your objective, than I’m sorry for linking you here from my facebook page like any random unsuspecting victim, I mean, “visitor”. What makes me an expert on the subject?  Long story short, I decided to take the plunge. I had several […]




My front yard back to eden garden is ready for spring!

This is the progress of my front yard in the style of back to eden garden. You can see the transformation which spanned a few weeks of giving up my weekends to get this ready pre-winter so that the mulch would be sufficiently saturated with moisture to decompose adequately in order to plant in spring. […]




Rebuilding the compost heap

  I inherited a compost heap, which is great, but needed some serious updating. Unfortunately, I didn’t take before pics, but let me describe it for you.   A small 4×4 rebar with chicken wire enforced square surrounded on all sides by rotting straw bales where she threw her organic matter into, haphazardly and often still […]




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