"wherever you go in the midst of movement & activity, carry your stillness with you. Then the chaotic movement around you will never overshadow your access to the reservoir of creativity, the field of pure potentiality"
Well, My kombucha turned out great! I made it cherry orange ginger flavored and bottled it up in these cute little bottles. I LOVE these, just want to start putting everything in these, but they are quite expensive.____________________________________________________________________
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you Thanks for all the snow here in Durango! Thank you thank you thank you. DOn't worry about bringing me anything else, you have already outdone yourself.
Yes, I know it has been a while since i posted, but hey.... I get bored easily by things and i guess this was one of those things. :) Too much has happened to do a recap of my life since i last wrote so i will just start at NOW.
My Early winter has consisted of the aroma of soup on my miniature stove, the dim light of two new lamps ( $2 each at the Fuita, CO Goodwill-- Very proud buyer), the sweet leathery smell of my elegant "MALIN+GOTEZ" candle- which is actually getting quite low... hint hint for anyone in the Christmas spirit-, and the sight of my 3 pairs of wool lined shoes resting by the door and waiting for the snow.
Things i have recently learned:
Gardening in a Greenhouse
Making Kombucha Tea
Making a Wreath (no $$ needed)
The best care for a Jade Plant
I was a little hesitant in planing right now because i had heard it might be too late in the season, but i guess i will find out in a couple of months. The Greenhouse was loaded with weeds, straw, and dead plants. First Step: Clean. This is the easiest part for me because i actually know what i am doing. Simple, right? Just rip up all the old dead plant and the growing weeds and vines( i left the edible ones like mallow) and prepare the soil. I took some compost from our yard and with my hands mixed it into the already existent greenhouse earth. I don't know if I learned this somewhere or just developed it on my own, but i firmly believe in using my hand to touch the soil as much as possible, i rarely use tools. While doing this i image the life in me touching the life in the earth and helping it grow.
Second Step: Plant seeds. I did some asking around and research to compile a list of things that enjoy winter greenhouse growing. This is what I came up with:
Cool Greenhouse Plants
Peppers- start late Feb. facing South
Tomatoes- start early Jan. in pot facing South
Eggplant- start mid Jan.
Cucumbers- start late Feb. facing South
And Lastly I planted them as directed on the package and have been watering almost every morning, as if I were planing outside in the spring. I hope this works, been using visualizing techniques to help them grow as well. I planted last Saturday 11/7/09.
* This recipe was given to be by one of the best raw cooks I know, Amber! She is awesome.
3-4 L. Filtered Water
1 T. Organic Black Tea
1 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Large or 2 Medium Clean/Sterilized Bowls
2-4 oz. Kombucha or vinegar
Sterilized (Soaked in Bleach Water) Cheesecloth or Bandana
1/2 Mushroom 'Mother'
BOil water and steep tea for 15 min. Remove tea and stir in sugar. Cool to room temperature, then pour into a glass or stainless steel clean bowl (or 2). Add Kombucha and 1/2 of a 'Mother'. Cover with sterilized cheesecloth or bandana and place in a warm (70-80 degree ) dark place. Depending on the temperature, it will take about 1-3 weeks. Will taste bubbly, vinegary, with a little sweetness. * Disturb the mother as little as possible while Kombucha is fermenting.
SO MUCH FUN!!! So, basically all you need is:
pieces plants you want to use
green florist wire
Bend wire hanger into a circle and connect the ends, this is the base for your wreath. Make a bundle of your plants and tie them to the wreath base. Continue to do this, keeping the branches going the same direction. I found that it works best putting on LOTS of leaves and tying them close together.
This sight might be more informative:
I helped this lady move into the house next door, when I first moved here and was living in Turtle Lake. As we hauled her things inside i could help but notice her AMAZING, huge jade tree. We chatted about it and she gave me a planted cutting from that tree! My plant hadn't grown much since then and that was almost 6 months ago. I never really knew how to best take care of it until I want over to a friends house for Monday night Potluck and he had at least 15 Jade plants. He told me this-
LOTS of Sun, preferably a South facing window
and to be completely dried out between waterings
Just in the past two weeks mine has sprouted 3 new little jade's in the pot!! YAY.