Not all organic fertilizers are created equal, as is apparent with these Hydrangeas growing in over-sized olive jars.
For those of you who have been following along for a while, y’all know I’m a big fan of an organic tea from Authentic Haven Brand, made from cow manure. (Regular “users” fondly refer to it as Moo Poo Tea.)
I’ve been using cow manure tea on a number of container gardens, houseplants and bulbs for some time now - with fabulous results - and this year, it will become an ingredient in every single container garden for spring, so if you’re one of my clients, here’s what you have to look forward to!
Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew provides 100% natural soil nutrients, and it’s free of antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO/GE feed, herbicides and pesticides. The company, founded in 1924, is owned and operated by Annie Haven, an American rancher who inherited the company from her father. Her livestock is raised on permanent, native grass pastures at the Haven Family Ranch in California. Annie is committed to raising grass-fed livestock and providing a product that enriches the soil organically for herbs, vegetables, flowers, houseplants, bulbs, seeds, and anything else you’ve got growing in the landscape.
What makes this organic tea so different from others? It is harvested ONLY from the by-products of Haven-owned livestock. It has no odor (a common concern for people inquiring about the product), and it is easily “brewed” in a bucket with water from the garden hose. Not much effort to get results like this!
We’ve all been there… You get the hankering for a good, old-fashioned hard-boiled egg. And since you have your very own flock of chickens, you can hardly wait to boil up a batch. You carefully select the eggs, place them in the pot, and simmer them to perfection. Your mouth starts watering as you gently crushed the shell and peel the egg–with the salt shaker ready and waiting. And then you get this:
It’s enough to make you wanna say a bad word. With their gorgeous, orange yolks and rich flavor, there aren’t many downfalls to farm-fresh eggs. However, since the inner membrane clings tightly to the shell of a fresh egg, it’s near-impossible to have anything but ugly results when you try to hard-boil them.
There are lots of suggestions floating around to make the process easier, including:
Letting the eggs age first (I don’t know about you, but my 2-3 week old farm eggs are STILL hard to peel!) Boiling them with vinegar (this didn’t work for me…) Boiling them with salt (this didn’t work either) Boiling them with baking soda (this sorta worked…. almost) Using a pin to prick the shells before boiling (I REALLY wanted this to work, but alas, I think I’m too heavy-handed)
I had pretty much completely given up this whole concept, until I ran across the idea of steaming the eggs. It sounded kinda crazy at first, but in my desperation, I decided to give it a try. I started with these babies–fresh from the chickens that morning. An egg-peelers worst nightmare:
And I ended up with these. Yeah, I may have done a happy dance in the kitchen. Maybe…
How to Easily Peel Farm-Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs You will need:
Fresh eggs A metal colander or steamer basket A pot with lid Water
Instructions: So technically, we are steaming the eggs, not boiling them.… [Continue Reading]
Hey! Look who is on the Pinterest Blog? Read the interview here. I was thrilled to be asked for a Pinterview from my absolute favorite addiction, Pinterest. I started Pinning years ago and immediately fell in love. Didn’t we all? I mean if you have ever created a scrapbook, dream board, or heck a Post-It Note, you know that Pinterest made ...
The Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed plant in Portland, Ore., has initiated a limited recall of certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels. The products were distributed to retailers in Oregon and Washington.
Last fall, we went a little crazy again with bulbs. We didn’t go as crazy as 2012 where we bought 150 bulbs in one day then kept buying because Aldi and Costco had them for cheap. But we did indulge in several more bags of bulbs from Aldi and Costco. If you’re keeping score at… The post View of the
The nurseries are filling with the colors and scents of spring, the birds are singing and I find every excuse to be outside working in my garden rather than sitting at a computer. It’s a time of anticipation – what 2015 new releases will growers ask me to trial this season? What color combinations s