COMMON NAME: nasturtium GENUS: Tropaeolum SPECIES: T.major; T. minor FAMILY: Tropaeolaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: annual DESCRIPTION: Very colorful, five-petaled blossoms grow on short or trailing plants. The leaves are round and attractive. Blossom colors include red, pink, and yellow and hues in between. CULTIVATION: Nasturtiums are very adaptable and can grow in poor soils and … Continue reading Nasturtium.
Use vegetables and spices to create egg dyes that are natural and beautiful.
An Ostara without dyed eggs wouldn’t be much fun at all. And why waste money on artificial egg dye, especially when you’ve already grown your own natural grass and made a basket from recycled containers?
Natural egg dye is easy to make using berries, vegetables, and spices, and you can create just about any color you want, from pastels to deep hues. The results vary from batch to batch, which adds to the fun in my book. In some cases, you can have your dye and eat it, too! We will be having pickled red cabbage some night soon, with mashed berries over ice cream for desert. Even if you don’t eat the dye leftovers, you can toss them in the compost pile.
At our farm, eggs come in creams, browns, olive, and even pale blue-green—right from…
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Save some money on your Easter shopping this year by forgoing those cheap plastic baskets and that fake grass, which will just wind up decorating a landfill when the holiday is over. Dig through your closets and storage spaces for creative, recycled alternatives to plastic, and instead of buying grass, learn how to grow your own! It takes only a few days, and even if you don’t celebrate Easter, you can use your fresh grass as a pet treat or houseplant.
Green Easter Baskets
If you have last year’s basket(s), dig them out (I’ve had some of the current baskets for 20 years and they are still going strong, since they spend most of the year tied up in bags). If not, swing by your local thrift store and pick up some natural wicker baskets. Vacuum any dusty ones, or wash really dirty baskets in warm water with a little…
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Soap Berries are a Fruit Soap Nuts are related to the Lychee family, a subtropical fruit with a sweet taste. While the lychee fruit maybe good to eat we wouldn’t recommend eating soap nuts since their saponins have a strong bitter taste. A common terminology in botany refers to a nut as being a dried … Continue reading Soap Nuts.
Consumers have many questions about soap nuts / soapberries. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are answered straightforwardly with meaningful details. Source: Soap Nuts FAQ | Organic Detergent | Natural Laundry Soap | Soap Nuts Pro