Monday, November 20, 2017

How to care for air plants

I like to think I'm pretty good with plants. I can usually manage to make them grow and thrive, but at the very least I always manage to keep them alive. There is only one type of plant I ever managed to kill. I actually killed four of them. Air plants.

I'm sure you're wondering how that's possible after all, an air plant has virtually no care necessary. The problem was, I thought that too. I believed the little cards that came attached to my air plants that said "just mist with water once a month" and that is all I did. Every single one died.

How to | air plants

That's when I learned something about the instructions that come with air plants. Everyone lies! Well, maybe not everyone, but every plant tag on the air plants I bought did. *sigh* Now I don't know exactly why a plant would have incorrect information on the tag but they do! I'm guessing they think it's a selling point, but Air plants actually need a lot more water than the tag says. They actually like to be, well ... soaked.

Monday, November 13, 2017

How to force an Amaryllis to bloom again

If you're like me, everyone in your circle of friends and family knows you love plants. Which means you probably receive a lot of seasonal plants for gifts! Over the years I have gotten some of the most amazing poinsettias, paperwhites, evergreen bushes and even a rosemary topiary shaped like a Christmas tree!

A few years back my cousin gifted me with a beautiful red amaryllis. It bloomed right at Christmas time and had 2 flower stalks with 3 gorgeous blooms each. When she gave me the amaryllis she said something quite bizarre (at least to me).

How to force Amaryllis blooms

She told me "Sadly these are only good for one Christmas. Just like poinsettias." I told her not to worry, I'd figure out how to make it bloom again. After all, I turn my poinsettias red in time for Christmas every year. I figured out how to make my Christmas cactus bloom often. I can definitely figure this out! 

A few weeks after the holidays were over, my plant drooped over and all the leaves dried up. I plucked them off but continued to water the bulb. Shortly after, it started to sprout again. The leaves grew just as tall and beautiful as before with one exception. No flower stalk. I had done some research though and knew this was normal. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to grow Japanese white egg eggplant

In the summer I told you about the cucamelons I grow and how much I love them. This was was my second year growing them. Every year I choose something brand new to grow....and the weirder the better! This year my weird plant was Japanese white egg eggplant. 

Japanese white egg eggplant

I chose to grow Japanese white egg eggplant (Solanum melongena) this year because their so darn cute! Plus, I really wanted to try a different eggplant to see if I could get the kids to eat it. They basically look like chicken eggs growing on a plant, they even hang by one end like a mini egg tree. They are great to cook with and have a mild, more subtle flavor then regular eggplant. These are great in stirfrys and baba ghanoush. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

17 Home remedies for muscle soreness

The older I get the harder it is to bounce back after any kind of hard work. Whether it be gardening, chopping wood, cleaning chicken coops, taking a long walk through the woods or any other activity, I now get sore easier and it lasts longer. Oh sure, I try to remember to stretch, but unless I go to the gym it just never crosses my mind. I remember the next day though, when I wake up sore! 

Speaking of the gym, I have a serious love hate relationship with the gym. I love to be in the gym, but I hate to go there. So when ends up happening is that I never go and when I finally do, I way over do it. That is not a recipe for a great feeling body! In fact, that is the #1 way to make yourself sore for 3 days. 

home remedies for muscle soreness.

It's inevitable that I'll have sore muscles for time to time. The question is how to get rid of the soreness naturally? I have a few different methods I use from muscle rubs and essential oils to herbs and stretches. 

17 Home remedies for muscle soreness

Epsom salts:
Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulfate from an area called Epsom which is in England. It hasn't actually been proven that these can soak into your body through your skin...but a soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts sure does help me feel better!

Yoga:

The gentle stretches of yoga can help relieve muscle pain. Be careful not to overdo it! Simple poses like the child's pose, spinx pose or standing forward bend can help ease muscle soreness.

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