Bringing The Garden Indoors

This fall we decided to bring in our plants instead of letting them go with the first frost. Usually for us, the tomatoes in the garden are still productive at the end of the season and it is a shame to see them die before they are done. We planted everything this year in containers so it wasn’t difficult to bring them in, and the experiment so far has been going well.  We are lucky to have a sunroom to use as our makeshift greenhouse, but I am sure that any sunny window would do.  Someday it would be nice to have a real greenhouse, but I will save that discussion for a later date.

The sucesses: the majority of our plants are doing very well, the rose and jalepenos even started to bloom again! It is nice to know that we will have fresh herbs and a few veggies to enjoy throughout the winter.  The ginger is doing great, and I am hoping for the strawberries to bloom sometime soon too.

The failures: we lost the cherry tomato plant after it was finished producing fruit, and one of the larger tomato plants is looking like it might soon join its friend. The chamomile and cilantro are gone also, along with some turnips that we planted. I think for the plants other than the tomatoes this might have occured from placing their pots in too shady of a location for their needs. Live and learn.

Now I just need to decide what to plant in the new vacancies. Maybe some blueberry seeds for the shady locations!

Strawberries                                                             Sage

Coffee Hair Dye Experiment


The results of the coffee hair dye experiment are in… and it receives a resounding “meh” where grey hair is concerned.  Perhaps it works well for those with light hair who want it slightly darker, but it didn’t work for me.

I started with very strong, almost mud-like coffee to which I added about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.  I put these into a wilton pastry bottle for easier application and applied it throughout my hair.  I also added some coconut oil to the ends (why not, right?) and placed it up in a bun.  I put a shower-cap on and left it on my hair for about 2 hours before rinsing it out.  If you do try this, remember to wear an old black shirt – since you will end up wearing most of this mixture.

After rinsing out my hair, the greys are still visibly noticible.  Perhaps they are a slightly more “coffee” kind of grey now, but they are still standing boldly there like a bunch of white wizards on top of my head.  Off to do more research for the next “natural” hair dye experiment.   On the plus side, I now have a pot full of extra strong coffee to enjoy tonight so I am looking forward to a very productive evening!

 

Busy October

<< From our friends engagement party this fall – they are so creative it is awe inspiring.  Ok, now wipe that drool off your face.  :)

Fall is such a busy time and our favorite time of the year.  It has taken us a little longer than planned, but *most* of our soaps and bath products are now up for sale in our online store.  We still have yet to list our favors and gift baskets but those will be coming in the next few days.   There are a few tweaks we need to do on the website itself, so if you have any suggestions feel free to send them our way.  We are trying our best to make our site as friendly as possible to all who visit.

I have been reading up on how to dye my hair with coffee – so tomorrow morning I will give that a go and report on what happens.  Not sure if it will work, but it is worth a try!