Last year I made the most amazing plant discovery ever. Seriously. This plant is a medicinal powerhouse. Chew it or chop it up and apply it for immediate relief from bug bites, bee stings, nettle stings, and rashes. Apply it to a deep sliver and it will actually pull it out of the skin. It cures infections, stops bleeding, and, oh yeah, you can eat it too.
As you are probably imagining, this is a rare rainforest plant only recently discovered and this is why the general public doesn’t know about it yet. It is sold at such high prices that only the elite have access to it. Um, not quite.
This plant is actually a “weed” that grows prolifically just about everywhere. Even city dwellers can probably find it sprouting between side walk stones. But somehow, in the ease of plunking down our money at the nearest drug store, it’s medicinal use has been long forgotten.
This amazing plant is the topic of my last instalment of the Forgotten Plants series over at Gnowfglins. I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this garden weed in the pages of my medicinal herb book and I can’t wait to make better use of it in my garden, and medicine cabinet, in the spring.
If you know of any other “forgotten plants” I’d love to hear about them!Read More
It has been a little quiet on the sewing front in the last month or so. There have been other projects taking up my time.
The garden is in! And now it’s just a matter of weeding and watering and harvesting (so far I’ve been eating lettuce and herbs and radishes.) And yes, the big garden on the left is planted too, but so full of weeds I didn’t want a photo record of it. A perfect gardener I am not.
And the renovations on the house are moving along at a faster pace since we recently found out we will be having a whole lot of family visiting soon. And since the kitchen table is currently the only place to sit at our house at the moment, it’s time for us to get a move on! Nothing like a deadline to get one moving.
But things are coming along. I forgot to take “before” photos (but I remember keenly the pink insulation/pipes exposed/wires hanging from the ceiling look that our living space has been sporting for the past couple of years.) As of today, we have….
New walls! (The cool opening under the stairs will one day be a built-in bookshelf.)
A bright and sunny office space.
A future dedicated sewing space!
Our future family room! (We have been without television since the renos began in earnest a few months ago…..not that I have missed it any…..) I can’t wait to be able to cuddle up to the wood stove on a cold winter’s day with a good book.
It has been a long project, this house of ours. But I feel so incredibly blessed to have this space to call our own. And though it may not be our “forever home” it is perfect for us right now. I wonder what we will do with all our extra time when it is finally finished? :)
What projects have you been busy with lately?
When I was deep into gardening plans this winter, wanting to grow more things than we have room for in our current gardens, I thought “wouldn’t it be great to turn the big patch of lawn in front of our house into a garden?”
There were many reasons this would work – we already had plantings on the other side of the house and this would even things out, it’s a hard space to mow because of the hill, and we need the space. Hubby had his reservations, but decided to trust me on this one and went ahead and ordered the necessary soil and compost. (I love that man!)
So, on Saturday morning, when I woke up, the front of my house looked like this. (Well, not exactly like this because I forgot to take a before photo, and this was taken a few years ago, but you get the idea. There is lawn in front of the house.)
About mid-morning, it was looking more like this. We put down thick layers of cardboard to suppress the grass and started piling 6 inches of soil/compost on top.
By the end of the day – success! Instant garden! I transplanted a few plants from elsewhere in our gardens, plus seedlings I had started a couple of months ago indoors. Then I planted the rest of the space with seeds for a variety of flowering plants. Hopefully the birds won’t discover them before they have a chance to sprout. Next year, when the grass and cardboard has had a chance to decompose, I will probably plant a few bushes along the house.
Hubby also took the opportunity to re-do our walkway, and I rearranged the other front flower beds and topped them up with soil and compost.
Not bad for one day’s work! (But goodness were my muscles sore this morning!)
What’s growing in your gardens this year?Read More
Despite the cold chill in the air, there are signs of Spring popping up everywhere.
These pretty little flowers are always some of the first to bloom in my garden, nestled among my tulip and hyacinth leaves. (I never actually see any tulips or hyacinths as the deer like to keep them well pruned!) I have no idea what type of flower they are, but have found them growing all over my lawn!
The rhubarb is beginning to grow! It won’t be long now until we are eating tasty rhubarb treats again!
And then….drum roll please….we have…..
Asparagus!!!! I am so excited to see the asparagus return to the garden. Last year we plunked it in with everything else and hoped for the best. Over the winter I was doing some gardening reading and realized that there are a tonne of things you are supposed to do for Asparagus when you plant it. None of which we did. To try to make up for the lack, I did give them an extra dose of compost when the ground thawed and then have hoped for the best. I am so excited to see these beautiful green spears poking up out of the ground.
There are a few signs of spring inside too….
My flower, herb, and tomato seeds have begun to sprout! I am always so excited when the first leaves begin to appear. Just another month and we’ll be setting them outside!
Is there anything growing in your garden or sprouting in your house this spring?Read More
He has risen! He has risen indeed!
Although the snow (yes, snow!) may fall outside, inside we rejoice because He lives!
I am sure the snow won’t last long, but it is a strange sight to see on an April Easter morning. Especially when it felt like summer only a few short weeks ago.
I was, however, excited to see the first few sprouts poking out of the soil this morning. Spring is coming!
I hope wherever you are, and whatever the weather, you enjoy a wonderful Easter!Read More