It is early in the gardening season but, oh no, I’ve already spotted the damage. Several leaves are getting spotty. It could be aphids, or spider mites, or white flies…oh my! I need to call in reinforcements! Take a look at what happened after I found a lady bug in the back of my yard… Continue reading Ladybug Raising: Beneficial Gardening Meets Early Education
I must have been about 10 years old when I learned what a Lima Bean was and tasted it after picking it right off an organic vine in my Grandpa’s backyard garden. Little did I know how these brief childhood experiences would impact me for a lifetime.
I wrote this recently about blooming where you are planted. I hope you'll enjoy reading about living like a local and please feel free to share with others! https://www.theodysseyonline.com/if-youre-not-living-like-local-youre-missing-out
When approaching my landscape, I tend to have less is more approach to grass. My vision includes ornamental plants, more rocks, more mulch, more edibles, more edging, more pavers, more planters, and much less grass! I envision well-planned beds that will be easy to maintain and tiny plots of grass that are quick to mow.… Continue reading Making the lawn “bloom”
When you live overseas, you spend an awful lot of time lamenting the usual comforts of home. How often I have heard my friends say "Gee I can't wait to shop at Target (or Ross, Barnes and Noble, etc)" or "I can't wait to be stateside again so that I can eat Mexican food, be near… Continue reading Okinawa, I can’t wait to…
I love homemade gifts like this–making them and receiving them. Thank you Poppy’s Patisserie! It’s a privilege to give you a reblog!
It’s that time of year when I start thinking of all the homemade, kind and natural homemade gifts I can make for Christmas. With my 2 big sisters’ birthdays in October, it was the perfect opportunity to do some recipe testing!
Sugar scrubs are the one of the most easy homemade gifts to make, yet a beautiful gift that is indulgent and special for the receiver. For a basic scrub you simply need 2 ingredients, oil and sugar, but I like to add in some extra little luxuries to make the scrub smell good enough to eat and leaving your skin extra soft and vibrant.
In the coconut and lime scrub, coconut flour adds extra gentle exfoliating properties and adds to the delicious coconut fragrance. In the cinnamon spice latte scrub, the coffee granules add gentle exfoliation and along with the spices, make the scrub smell good enough to drink…
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Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success. Ambrose Bierce Some of you, who have been following my blog a little while, may remember my post titled Behold Our First Pepper. It was an account of the unfortunate discovery that my first pepper plants bought here in Okinawa were not the… Continue reading Persevering for Peppers
It looks like the living trap is working! Look closely inside the leaves and you'll see a few squished gnats.
I picked these peppers today prior to doing a little gardening!