Today we make lotion with all natural ingredients! In this demo you will learn the secrets of blending up the perfect mix of oils and waters to create a lovely creme for face and body. All-natural and with lavender hydrosol for a memorable herbal experience. Thank you to Rosalind Parducci for taking the video!
As we move into the darker parts of the year, do you find yourself wishing for those "seasons in the sun"? It can be hard to embrace the dark and cold of the coming winter. After all, Autumn is the season of dying things. Some might feel that they didn't accomplish all the things they wanted this growing season, or that the untimely weather patterns dashed their garden dreams. I can relate!
Here at Sweet Pea Gardens, we had a summertime infrastructure emergency and had to dig up the back plot to make way for a new septic system. The garden area ended up not needing excavation but heavy machinery compacted it as the crew performed their amazing earth moving feat. It was difficult to watch as my specialty mint bed and lovely full grown jasmine was crushed, but I lifted many of the plants beforehand and made a sweet little nursery bed for them. And the soil amendments I had added years ago are finally breaking down and got a chance to be tilled in, creating a healthier and more integrated medium for plants!
The Alpine Strawberry bed was right in the path of the bulldozer, and I just knew this was a GOOD thing because when I created this bed I had no idea how much everyone would love strawberry flavored teas! And as you strawberry gardeners know, a healthy patch will make lots of babies! So it's time to divide and replant. Although the fall is not the time I would choose to dig up all the mother plants, I had to realize once again that sometimes things happen "out of season". Sometimes we have to improvise in the garden and in life. Whether we have lost something (or someone) before we are ready to let go, or we have missed the right time for an opportunity, we have to try to go forward salvaging whatever we can. And it's been that kind of year for me and many people. I want to offer up that it's been hard but we are learning the lessons we need for another year of vision and fruitfulness.
Here on the north coast of California we are having cold nights and sometimes very sunny warm days. We just ate the last of the heirloom tomatoes from our friends out in Willow Creek when usually they are finished for the year in early September. So I'm soaking up this unseasonable glow even as I wonder what it means for the plants exactly. The still-warm soil is ripe for tilling because the rains haven't come in full yet. But they are close and then its mud city until the spring, most likely. So I have to scramble to put the lifted plants in before then...or will I? Maybe I'll keep them in the nursery zone, cover with remay cloth, and sip on tea while listening to music about life and death. What do you think?
As the daylight hours begin to wane, we shift gears on the farm. But we can't slow down yet! This is the harvest time and we need to get busy picking and drying herbs for holiday gift-giving season. The Tulsi patch is bigger than ever, and because we have acclimated our seed over many years (more on that later!), we are sure to be harvesting Tulsi for a few more months. Calendula is brightly shining along with violets to ring in the darker months of the year and bring some healing energy from the ground to us humans. Even mama nettle has come back for a third round of growth after being lovingly tended through its less-than-favorite summer season.
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Spilanthes is a unique herb native to Brazil which many people have used for tooth and mouth issues. It has the amazing ability to create more saliva in the mouth while producing a tingly sensation with a rush of energy.
Last year we sampled some of these bright and sunny blooms at the Arcata Farmers' Market, and people have been begging for more ever since. We only have a limited amount, but if you can't live without spilanthes let us know and we'll hook you up. With any order, we'll throw in a bloom to try, just let us know!
How do you ring in the Fall season? There's still time to capture that expansive summer energy to be tapped in the darker times. Preserving the sweet fruits through jams or using syrups, infusing oils or vinegar with potent herbs, and all things pepper related (canning, drying, grinding) are on our radar. We'll show you how! Look for our vlog entries, coming soon. First up will be a tutorial on using salt scrubs, then we'll delve into some preservation techniques! Thanks for stopping by. Lets grow together!