Posts Tagged ‘organic’

If you haven’t already received your stack of seed catalogs, get online and order yourself a bunch!! I have a bunch gathering dust as I am *gulp* not buying seeds this year. I might get around to reading some just for recreation later in the season.

So, yeah. I’m not buying new seed, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be trying any  new varieties. I’ve got a couple newbies waiting in the wings, don’t worry. The reason? With a new baby I’ve got to streamline my life. That means working with what I’ve got and just growing the basics. And only growing what I can handle, which is a lot less than I’d like probably.

But on the other hand, that doesn’t mean less produce. In fact, we’ll be rolling in produce cause I just bought our family a CSA subscription! Wheeee! This is the first year I can afford it, and luckily I remembered before they were sold out. In case you don’t know what a CSA is, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture and basically means you prepay for a share of veggies (and sometimes fruit, eggs and poultry), grown by a local farmer and pick up your said produce weekly. Sound good? Look here for one near you.

I’ve signed us up for this one. It is a great farm that I’ve been ogling for 1 or 2 years already. It’s about a half-hour away but I can pick up my share of goodies at our local farmer’s market. Bring on the variety! They grow tons of stuff I have had no luck with like broccoli and carrots. Plus I’ll be able to make delicious organic vegetable purees for my baby in lots of different non-store flavors like parsnip, eggplant, and kohlrabi. And try lots of new recipes!

This farm also does fun farm activities too, which are included in the cost of the share. So Corin’s birthday will be spent having a fun hayride! They also do canning classes and bonfires/camping. And the farm owners have a baby boy only a few months older than my daughter. They could have farm related play dates 😉

CSAs mean everyone wins! It helps the farmer financially, and gives the client the benefits of gardening without the work. And it’s organic. 🙂

A friend's CSA share from mid-season.


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So why make homemade Fabric Softener? It’s cheap, safe, and super effective. We recently put this to the test: Scott and I both warmed ourselves in front of a smoky fire pit twice in a week. Our clothes stunk like smoke as you can imagine. I washed our clothes like normal, using my homemade liquid Laundry Soap and Vinegar Fabric Softener. I used normal quantities of each. Our clothes came out smelling fresh and clean.

You can add 10-15 drops essential oils per batch, but I find it to be pointless. The vinegar removes odors, including essential oils. One gallon makes 60 loads or so.

With each batch you make, you will get better at combining the ingredients, so no explosions will happen. I admit I exploded my first batch, but haven’t had a problem since.

1 cup baking soda
6 cups distilled white vinegar
8 cups water

Warm 4 cups water in a large sauce pan on the stove. Add baking soda to the warm water. Stir to dissolve.

Pour into clean gallon container, such as an old milk jug. Add 4 more cups water. Slowly add vinegar. Watch out for fizzing and or pressure building. Agitate gently to combine. Once combined, there is no further need to shake.

Leave the lid off overnight, as the mixture will become carbonated. Leaving the lid off will relieve any pressure from the released gasses.

Use 1/4 cup per load for HE machines.

Cost Breakdown (using Amazon prices. If you buy in a local store, you can get them even cheaper):

$1.50/6 cu  1 Gallon Distilled White Vinegar________$3.99
$0.51/1 cu Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, 13.5 lbs____$13.71
$2.01/gal or $0.03/load

Downy Free & Clear, 240 loads________$36.76

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