How to Make the Perfect Hummingbird Food


We live in an area where hummingbirds are here all year long, even when it is bitterly cold, raining, etc. We keep feeders out all year long and have learned a lot in the past 11 years. I have planted flowers that bloom all year. When the season is over for one, another is ready to bloom. Some flowers, like pineapple sage, only bloom in fall and winter and they are red! Bonus.  A lot of people don’t understand how important it is to keep feeders clean, change the nectar and clean the feeders every 3 days…no excuses, and that not doing this will kill a hummingbird with an invisible fungus. None of us wants to be responsible for the detriment of our beautiful, tiny friends.

The attached article at the link will give you expert advice on how to make perfect nectar. NO RED DYE PLEASE.  Although it says to boil the water, you really don’t have to. A lot of people do it so that the sugar dissolves faster. I make a gallon at a time and I use warm filtered water. Yes, one gallon is what it takes to keep up with my little bird friends’ appetites!

For more information, Click here: perfect hummingbird food

homemade elderberry syrup recipe


i love elderberries and this year, the scientists have declared that elderberry syrup will bind on your cells and PREVENT the flu virus from entering. no side effects and yummy syrup. i will have to admit that i take it daily. it prevents me from getting sick and makes me feel healthy. i do have lung disease but had zero flu or bronchitis till i ran out of elderberry syrup for 10 days. oh em gee! i was sick for weeks till i started taking a tsp. 4 times a day. pretty soon, i had no more fever and was feeling much better! i have bought 6 more cuttings to plant more elderberry bushes. that will make 9 or 10 depending and how many live through our weird, wet, winter.

if you’ve noticed, i have gone back to my writing style i stole from e.e. cummings when i was in high school. no caps. i love to write this way and on every other site i have stuck to it. i’m not sure why i felt i couldn’t be myself here. my bad.

the recipe is at the link as is the great article written by happy healthy mama. enjoy!!

elderberry syrup recipe

Home Composting Made Easy

Home Composting Made Easy

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One of the most valuable assets to my garden has been composting. It’s a great way to “clean up” your yard, keep vegetable peels, eggshells and so on out of the landfills and adds invaluable nutrients to your garden which make your harvest more plentiful and nutritious. The article at the link will further inform you of the many ways to and values of composting. Happy gardening!



Preserving Dandelion Roots

Dandelion roots can be used fresh from the ground for both culinary and medicinal purposes but if you want to store some of your harvest for future use, you’ll need to dehydrate it.

If you have a dehydrator, simply slice the cleaned roots into strips of equal size and dry them until brittle.

Alternatively, wrap each whole root with a long piece of string and hang in a cool, dry location with good airflow for several days until completely brittle. Once dry, cut into small pieces.

Whichever method you choose, store your dried root in a glass jar for up to a year. If dried correctly, the outer flesh of the dandelion root should have a dark color while the inner flesh should be creamy white.

for the rest of the story, click the link: harvest/use dandelion roots

2-Hour Project: How to Build a Cantina Bird Feeder

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this is one of the cutest bird feeders i have seen. it wouldn’t take a lot of work and it’s such an interesting addition to your garden. the birds will love it! the article is from family handyman. click the link to get directions.

Build a Cantina bird feeder

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#diy bird feeder


#diy bird feeder


Treating Hot Spots on Dogs


If you have a dog or dogs, you probably have experience with hot spots. My elder dog, Oliver, is a super mix. We had his DNA done and it was amazing that a dog could have that many breeds. Even the testers labeled him as a “super mix”. But I digress…Oliver is a sound, solid dog, even at 12.5 years of age. He is chow, lab, rottweiler, german shepherd, collie, and 10 more mix. As a mixed breed, he didn’t come with health issues and is living a long life. The one thing he does have issues with are hot spots.

I also have cats in the house so I have to be careful with anything I put on the dogs being tolerated by the cats. We grow calendula and lavender as well as a lot of other herbs and healing herbs. Calendula is a healer so I am always looking for ways to use it. As luck would have it, I need to treat Oliver’s hot spots and this herb is the hero.  I am posting an article on the ways to treat hot spots and use herbs and tinctures. If you are treating hot spots, use some made without alcohol because the alcohol will burn.  Click the link and start reading and, hopefully, make a healing tincture or balm for your fur babies.

the ultimate guide for hot spots on dogs

Strange uses for peppermint that really work click the link to learn some very interesting uses for peppermint. hate spiders? spray diluted peppermint oil in the corners and voila! spiders disappear because they HATE peppermint! i use it regularly. check out all the uses and get busy!