THE SHOW-DRYING PEPPERMINT -PRESENTS=A SURPRISE IN MY FRONT YARD

26 05 2015

GREETINGS

Clouds and sun today with temps soaring near the 90’s.  I am going to plant some herbs before it gets too hot.

THE SHOW

The show was great I think there was more people there  Something to see and do for every member of the family.  I saw so many old friends and co-workers and got rid of much of my weaving things.  Glad we had nice cool weather.

DRYING PEPPERMINT

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I am trying to get a head start on drying peppermint. Not only am I going to use it in teas but will use it in the chicken’s nesting boxes next winter.

PRESENTS

Three of my friends brought me three wonderful and different presents while I was at the fair/.

Lisa of Spinners Hill Farm brought me this wonderful pottery cullender with a llama on it in memory of Elliott.. We both know farm loss all to well, she lost her faithful dog companion this spring.  Her Mom helped me with my first rug hooking.  We see each other about once a year but keep in touch through-out the year via internet.

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I put this geranium in it till i can get it planted but plan to use it for draining fruit and herbs after washing them.  Just the right size for a quart of blueberries.  I have been collecting this pottery for years and love it.  I try to buy a few pieces every year this year it was plates.

My blogger friend Patti had another surprise for me.  Some caps for my Milk bottles.  I am so happy with them, what a great surprise.   SHe gets her milk delivered.  Its wonderful that in some communities that its still happening.

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And last but not east my friend Susan of SUsan’s Home and Garden brought me some wonderful rose scented geraniums.    They are very hard to find and she usually has a few.  I will use the dried leaves in many things.  

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To all a heartfelt thank you.

A SURPRISE IN MY FRONT YARD

Yesterday morning I gathered the first bunch of peppermint.  Walking back to the stairs I spotted this lone Lilly of the Valley.My Great-Grandmother had some in her yard and I just loved the smell.  It was such a nice treat to find this one.

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The year after I moved in here after trying to keep the hill mowed I started turning it all into bushes and flowers.  It has filed in nicely.  Last year I planted 2 lilac bushes which are doing well and the Bleeding Hearts love it here and are spreading.  I am always looking for things to fill in .  No lawn mowers and grass to contend with.  I do love the smell of a freshly cut lawn and sometimes wish I had some but then remember the mowing and am quickly glad that I don’t

Hope you have a wonderful day, many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 


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26 05 2015
Dora Friedli

Hi Carole,
I am looking for an organic way to get rid of parasites on poultry. You mentioned using peppermint in your chickens nest boxes. Is this effective in ridding them of pests or is it just for odor control?

Dora

26 05 2015
wspines

Hello Dora,
. I have not had a problems with parasites because I use DE -Diatomacious earth. Get food grade . I sprinkle some in their food and when I clean the coop i put it on the floor before the shavings., It should be readily available at your local grain store or you can get it online. It is not expensive at the grain store. Use a mask when using it for your safety. Peppermint will be used in the nesting boxes to repel any mice and help with parasites , also chickens like eating mint and might snack on it when they are laying. It will also help to keep their home smelling nice.
Carole

26 05 2015
Sharon - creativityandfamily

Such lovely gifts Carole. The little thoughtful things mean so much. x

26 05 2015
wspines

I agree, they are were such thoughtful gestures.

26 05 2015
Patricia Smith

Dear Carole, We have moved and at present are in p.o.box 36 Rockwood, ME 04478. It is not permanent but we would like to live somewhere around Katherine and her family. Love your articles. So sorry for your losses. Love, Patricia

27 05 2015
wspines

Patricia
So glad to hear from you have been wondering what was happening. Does Katherine still live in Ma? Think of you all so often so glad to hear from you. Love
Carole

27 05 2015
Eliza Waters

Glad the festival went well for you and what beautiful & useful gifts you received! Nice we got a bit of a shower tonight – we so needed it!

27 05 2015
wspines

We didn’t get any rain am hoping for tonight. Put some herbs in yesterday. Gad you got some rain.

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