THIS is why everyone sprinkles ground cinnamon all over their gardens! Genius!

want to keep pests of all kinds out of your garden while also giving some extra health to your plants? click this link for more info!

gardening with cinnamon…whew knew?

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









  • cans
  • a double boiler (or here is a handy candle making kit)
  • wax (soy wax, paraffin wax, old candles)
  • pre-waxed wicks with tabs (150mm / 6”)
  • citronella oil for candle making (use 1 oz per lb of wax)
  • other scents for candle making like pine, mandarin orange, eucalyptus, peppermint)
  • hot glue gun





How to Make Super-Sturdy Tomato Cages: Organic Gardening

At the Organic Gardening Test Garden, tomato plants grow in heavy-duty wire cages we’ve used for years. These square, vertical columns keep our tomatoes standing tall, even when wind whips through the farm. We expect to get a few more decades of use out of our tomato cages—they’re that durable.

What’s the secret of their strength and longevity? Our cages are constructed from livestock panels—rigid, 16-foot-long fence sections, made of heavy-gauge galvanized wire and sold at farm-supply stores. The panels are designed with different sizes of openings for various types of farm animals. For this project, we chose cattle panels that are 50 inches tall with openings 8 inches by 6 inches. Panels with wider-spaced wires cost less and are easier to work with, and it’s easier to pick ripe tomatoes through the larger openings.

tomato cages

tomato cages

How to Make Super-Sturdy Tomato Cages: Organic Gardening.

How to Build Your Own Outdoor Mud Oven | Wake Up World

Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive.

There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. One solution, of course, is to use a cast iron Dutch oven or camp stove. These are great options, sure, but what about something made from the ground we stand on? I am referring to what is commonly caused a “Mud Oven”. Until my recent visit to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, I did not know such a thing existed. Live and learn, right?


How to Build Your Own Outdoor Mud Oven | Wake Up World.

hummingbird after laying first egg – YouTube

hummingbird after laying first egg – YouTube.

this is the nest on my deck. i have watched her build her nest from the ground up and lay 2 eggs.  she is very busy.  her nest is right by our slider door. we go in and out and so do our animals.  doesn’t seem to bother her.  she is out of the weather, has a decent wind break and is up high enough, that no one bothers her.

she is an ANNA hummingbird and this location is in the bay area, california.  i feel very blessed to get to look into her little life and the lives she’s responsible for.