19 Reasons Why You Should Go & Pick Nettles Right Now

Let’s face it – nettles aren’t pretty, they pack a mean sting and they spread like wildfire. It’s no wonder that these weeds are the bane of most gardeners’ lives and are given wide berth when encountered on nature walks.

But there is much more to the nettle than meets the eye – they are one of the many backyard weeds that have extraordinary health benefits…click the link  below for all the info.


19 things to do and make with nettles

how to fill up a water barrel


this is good advice and very informative. my barrels are brand new and already sanitized, so I will fill with water and then add the purifier to keep it fresh. store out of the sunlight or you will grow algae. water storage is very important. I live in a wildfire and earthquake danger area. now, after the fires of 2017, California is in the rainy season and we are having mudslides, rock slides and that blocks the highway to any city. if you don’t have supplies on hand, you may suffer shortages. always good to have water (most important!) and food storage. please read this author’s ideas in the link.

the best way to fill up water barrels

No Bake Raspberry Tart


No-Bake Raspberry Tart


This mini version of a simple no-bake tart is easy to take to work as an afternoon snack, but you could also make several portions to serve as individual desserts at a party.

• 8-oz (250 mL) mason jar

1⁄4 cup graham cracker crumbs (60 mL)
1 tsp melted butter (5 mL)
1 tbsp granulated sugar (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup cream cheese, softened (60 mL)
2 tbsp sour cream (30 mL)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup raspberries (60 mL)
2 tbsp raspberry jam (30 mL)

1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, cream cheese, sour cream and lemon juice.
3. Press graham cracker mixture firmly into bottom of jar. Layer cream cheese mixture and raspberries on top.
4. Spoon jam into a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 seconds or until runny. Stir jam, then pour over berries. Let cool completely, then seal jar and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until chilled, or for up to 2 days.

Makes 1 serving

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i use this stuff for everything! from keeping ants out of my house, to de-fleaing the pets, to taking for a detox for myself… this stuff is “magic”. i never put any poisons on anything in my gardens but DE makes it possible to still grow organically while killing those little suckers! i buy the FOOD GRADE ONLY in 50 lb. bags. i even bought a bag for my mom and she thinks it’s wonderful, as well. check out the article…it’s informative and helpful.

best uses of diatomaceous earth

Usnea: Is There a Natural Antibiotic Growing in Your Backyard?


Be sure and look for this in your backyard. Learn all about it and its medicinal value by clicking the link below the last paragraph.

There has been plenty of concern in recent years with the overuse of antibiotics, and the risks that overusing them can bring, even to a normally healthy person. While prescription antibiotics certainly have their place and benefit, overusing them, or using them inappropriately, can contribute in creating a resistance to the medication that was developed to heal. Another concern is all the uncomfortable and serious side effects that can come with taking antibiotics, such as nausea, rashes, sensitivity to the sun, and potentially fatal c. diff colitis.

Is a natural antibiotic growing in your backyard

40 Shrubs & Vines to Grow from Hardwood Cuttings | Fall & Spring


How fun is it to share cuttings with a friend? Take note of these wonderful instructions and let’s all grow new plants!

Starting new plants from hardwood cuttings is a slow but reliable way to grow more, free plants for your garden. This method is done in the late fall or early spring, and works with many deciduous shrubs and vines.

40 Shrubs & Vines to Grow from Hardwood Cuttings | Fall & Spring