Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meet Blaze

This week's spotlight is on a critter that was made right here, Blaze the bunny. What do I mean he was made right here? Well when the oldest country kid wasn't that old, he let two of our bunnies (yup, one male and one female) out to play together. I'm pretty sure you can figure out that when he told me they were giving each other "piggy back rides," what was really going on. *smacks forehead* So Blaze was born here just 28 days after that fateful day of piggy back rides.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos August 14th - 20th

Time to take a deep breath and relax! The 4-H projects made it to the fair, my health is rebounding, the temperature is dropping, and we have nothing on the schedule! It feels so strange to not be going in fifty different directions, but I'll take it.

The ducklings are growing well and will be heading to their new homes soon. The chicks we got this spring are now starting to lay! And for once they finally got their eggs IN the nest box. Hey, it is the simple things that thrill me.

The oldest country kid is already planning for the fair next year (and it isn't even over yet for this year.) I am planning for the coming school year. The littlest country kid is heading off to public preschool and the oldest country kid will be homeschooled again.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 20th

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tasty Worms Review and Giveaway

From time to time I am asked by various businesses to review their products. I don't always say yes, but when I was contacted by Tasty Worms about their new Tasty Grubs, I was not only willing to give them a try, but excited to do so. You see the folks behind Tasty Worms are a small family business that not only provide quality protein treats for chickens, but they support bat rehabilitation effort in Central Florida! They also work with the endangered gopher tortoise.

Did you know insectivorous bats can eat their own weight in insects per night. We here at The (mis)Adventures love bats, so this product is not only great for our chickens, but supports wildlife! Win/win!!! If you would like to know more about the work the folks behind Tasty Worms do, check them out at City Bats Conservancy on Facebook!

When the 5 lb bag of Tasty Grubs arrived, I was excited to see what these dried Black Soldier Fly larvae were all about. My first impression was the size and quality of these larvae. Mealworms are small and rather light and airy, not a lot of substance to the the treat, kind of like a fast food meal. These Tasty Grubs were bigger, thicker, and actually had some substance to them, like a sit down meal!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bloggers are people too!

The internet has become a part of our daily lives. Whether you are doing a google search, looking for information or participating in social media for entertainment, the majority of us find our way to the internet on a daily bases. But do you ever stop to think about where all the information floating around out there comes from? Those articles and tutorials are the work of real people, just like you. Do you ever stop to consider those people who produce these works?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos August 7th - 13th

I know I sound like a broken record, but this heat! Ugh. This is been such a yucky summer with heat and humidity that just make it unbearable to get things done outside. Lucky for us, there were lots of things to do inside since it was the last week before the county fair and the oldest country kid had lots of projects to wrap up.

I had to take a trip to the emergency room this week which put a wrinkle in getting fair projects finished. But I am excited to say not only did I get out of the hospital but I was able to get him to judging day at the fair! It may have been exhausting but it was so wonderful getting to see him show the projects he worked so hard on.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 13th

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos July 31st - August 6th

Summer heat is in full force and I am wilting like a flower! While I am not keen on long Michigan winters, I would take them over sitting still in the shade and dripping sweat. Ugh! Not to mention the heat is causing havoc on the littlest country kid's bowls. He just will not take a break from playing outside in the heat, and well, ummm. I am too old for this "crap." I gave up cleaning drawers a year ago! Despite the oldest country kid's horror at my wastefulness, I have tossed a pair of undies or two this week. LOL

Our nest of duck eggs decided it was too hot too and started hatching on 2nd. I wasn't expecting them till today! We currently have 14 adorable ducklings. Of course in life, things happen, so we will keep our fingers crossed for those 14 little ones.

The heat has been great for the garden and my peppers are growing amazingly! It is so fun to finally see the rewards of all the early spring planting. Another month though till it is time to check the onions and potatoes, but I am so delighted with the way things are going.

This is the final week before our county fair. The oldest country kid is in panic mode trying to finish up all the projects he signed up to take. Even if he doesn't finish all of them (like a total of 30!) he still has a LOT of really nice stuff to take.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop August 6th

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Ducklings are Here!

When you let nature do what nature does, you can never be sure when nature will do it! What do I mean by that? Well I wasn't expecting our nest of duck eggs to start hatching till around the 7th of August. Well, nature decided they were going to start hatching on the 2nd! That's right, Tuesday morning I woke to a bunch of eggs pipping under our two mamas, Betty and Baby Girl. Pipping is when the duckling pecks a small hole in the egg's shell to allow oxygen in.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Meet Ratty Rat

This weeks spotlight is on one of the newer members of our homestead household. She is not your typical kind of livestock! Okay, she isn't livestock at all. She was a gift. Yes, a gift. Who gives the gift of a rat? My hubby! Why you might ask, well I will tell you......

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos July 24th - 30th

We had an amazingly busy week of fun and wonderful news this week. The country kids and I had fun going to library in the park and seeing a free movie. The family visit the zoo, went to a Pokemon party and watched the volunteer firemen's firework show. Over all it was a wonderful week of just being with family and enjoying our time together.

I also got back some wonderful news from my doctor this week. I had a biopsy on Monday and in just a couple days she called to let me know I do NOT have cancer!!! While I still need to have a hysterectomy, at least there is no cancer!! I am so thankful that there is one less thing to have to "handle."

The oldest country kid continues to work on fair projects for next month. He is really doing an amazing job on his projects. He is such a creative kid!

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop July 30th

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Easy DIY Beehive (with Bees!)

Our county fair is coming up next month and that means the oldest country kid is busy making projects to enter. This easy DIY beehive decoration is one of the projects he made! I don't know about you, but I think it is super cute!! And I love how the wind makes the bees on the wire dance around the hive. This is such a fun project, not only to make, but to interact with when it is done.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meet Heidi the Homestead Hound

This week's Critter Spotlight is on a member of the (mis)Adventures that wasn't supposed to be. What do I mean by that? Well you see, for many years we had an amazing dog named Mazzie. When he passed, we decided a few month later that maybe we should start looking for a small dog for the country kids. Why small? Well because Mazzie had seizures near the end of his life and he was really hard for me to carry back into the house when he would collapse.

Now you noticed I said small dog and that we would START to look, not that we were going to go to a shelter and bring home the biggest dog they had. But, that is exactly what happened. *smacks forehead* While none of the smaller dogs were clicking when we would visit with them, the littlest country kid had squatted down in front of a pen containing a lab/mastiff mix and was becoming bestest friends. Fine, we would look at her. She was a nice dog, but way to big. And she was young, just 10 months old. This was NOT the dog I was looking for, but it was obvious that we where who she was looking for. And so my hubby went to start the adoption paper work. As I stood there crying and saying "I don't think this is a good idea" Heidi the homestead hound became part of our family on November 14, 2013.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos July 17th - 23rd

It has been a very long and emotionally hard week here at the homestead. You may not know this about me, but our first son was stillborn at 38 weeks. Sadly this week, my niece's little girl was born still. My heart breaks for her know the pain she is going through. It also brought back a lot of emotions for me. I struggled, trying to handle my emotions, be there for her, and continue to be the mommy my boys needed me to be. I am doing better, but the blog has been quiet. Honestly, I just had nothing worth saying this week.

But one of the things I learned when I lost my dear Andrew is that you have to cherish the small things in life, find happiness where you can, and smile as often as possible. And despite the pain this week, I did find moments that made my heart smile.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop July 23rd

    

Welcome to the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!


Please join us, submit YOUR Self-Reliant post (maybe even 2 or 3), browse around, visit a site or two and learn some new Simple tips or Self Reliant How'To's!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos July 10th - 16th

We have been working on my hubby's genealogy as one of the oldest country kid's 4H projects. We found that he is related to the 7th Earl of Douglas (also known as James the gross.) *giggle* James and King James II of Scotland didn't get along to well. Probably because King James stabbed the guy 26 times and threw his body out a window. Seriously! I can't make this stuff up!! Amazing where 4H can take you!

Our hearts broke this week when the national spotlight got too close to home. My father is a retired police officer. He took another job serving the public after he retired, as a bailiff. My dad retired from the court house in Berrien County where two bailiffs where gunned down.  He knew both of the men who died and is taking it rather hard. Our family, friends, and neighbors rallied around him with love and support and that made me smile.

Our garden is growing, our ducks are jerks, and life goes on. It has been a busy week of ups and down, lots of activities, and well this mama is exhausted!

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Oops, They Did It Again......

If you have been around our blog a while, you may remember last year how we got Betty (our female duck) a boyfriend because she was getting, ummm, mature, and that was one need I could not fill for her. Of course they "fell in love" and had a little family. If you aren't familiar with the whole sorted story, you can read all about it over at our Duck Tales. Trust me, they are some crazy ducks!

Well as spring rolled around this year, Bill and Betty decided they wanted to do the whole parenting thing again. How do I know? Well because eggs stopped showing up where they should have been, and Betty would disappear for long periods of time. That could only mean on thing, she wanted to be broody (aka hatch some more kids.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meet Lizzy

Our Critter Spotlight falls this week on one of our odder critters here at the homestead, Lizzy the leopard gecko. Why do we have a gecko?!?! Oh well that is an easy question to answer, because we homeschool of course! She was our "classroom" pet this year and helped the oldest country kid learn all about the food web and other nature based scientific topics. Not to mention, she is just plan cool!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos July 3rd - 9th

And another week is in the books. We have had lots of Leave it to Beaver summer fun this week playing with friends, swimming, going to the park and watching a free movie at the near by mom and pop theater. I love that we still live in an area where there are free and affordable things for kids to do in the summer.

We stayed home this year for the fourth and had a small backyard display. Our neighbors joined us as we oohhhed and ahhhed over our little fountains. In this crazy world, it was so nice not to have to fight the crowds or deal with other people's drama.

Hubby and I also celebrated our 13th anniversary this week as well. 13 loooooong years. LOL Here is to another 13 long years.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cave Tools Rib Roast Rack

I am so excited to bring you another great product from Cave Tools! If you remember back in February I was contacted by the company to try out their Wood Chip Smoker Box and was very impressed with not only the amazing quality but the affordable price. So when Cave Tool asked if I would like to try out another of their products, I jumped at the chance, much to my hubby's delight!

We love to grill out, but we also use our grill to smoke and preserve meats, so having quality tools to use is important. Cave Tools didn't disappoint with their Rib Roast Rack. As soon as we took it out of the box, you could see and feel the quality of the rack in it's thick stainless steal construction.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Meet Steve

Today's Critter Spotlight lands on our oldest bunny boy, Steve. You may not have heard much about Steve lately on Facebook or our blog because, well, he is just a quiet, in the back ground kind of guy. He isn't pushy like those chickens and ducks who always seem to want to be in front of the camera.

We got Steve many years ago at a pet store. *gasp* Yup, you read that right, a pet store. Why would we ever buy a rabbit from a pet store?!? Well because the oldest country kid had been begging for a bunny and we were there picking up something and well we are suckers for a hard luck story!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos June 26th - July 2nd

What a week! Mother Nature is back to her bipolar ways. We started the week pushing into the 90's and ended with temps in the low to mid 70's. And I am NOT complaining! But this up and down stuff is really messing with my garden. We have been getting down to the 50's and even the 40's at night a few times. Sorry pepper and tomatoes.

The oldest country kid went to his grandparents for most of the week. We both needed a break from each other. It is hard sometimes to homeschool a kid on the spectrum. Yes, homeschooling is over for now, but summer break isn't really a break, we are all still here. LOL So it was time for a change of scenery for him. The littlest country kid and I stayed close to home, having fun in our own little corner of this crazy world.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

How to have a Leave it to Beaver summer

I will be the first to admit that like other kids in his generation, the oldest country kid has a desire to be a screen addict. Be it television or computer, he wants to just plop in front of it and let his mind turn to mush. Since we homeschool, I think he spends more than enough time sitting on his bum in front of a screen for doing his work! Necessary evil I guess.

Recently my hubby and I got into a little discussion about how much time the country kids sit in front of the computer or watching cartoons. My hubby claimed that in this day and age there is no way our kids could have a "leave it to beaver" summer like we did growing up. I disagree 100% In fact his words lit a spark in me to do exactly that! Welcome to operation "Leave it to Beaver" summer!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Meet Bill

Today is your chance to get up close and personal with one of the biggest characters that lives on our homestead, Mr. Bill. He has one of the biggest personalities I have ever seen in a critter and his life here has been an interesting roller coaster of a ride. You see, Bill is one of the few critters here who wasn't raised here from a baby. And let me tell you, that has made a world of difference in his behavior!

We got Bill because our little female duck Betty was starting to get to the age of needing more "attention" if ya know what I mean, then I was able to give her. It was time to find her a man!! So, sight unseen, knowing nothing about him, Bill was dropped off by a Facebook follower of our page who had waaaay to many drakes, aka boy ducks. By adopting Bill, we gave him the opportunity to skip the oven, and find happiness, or so we thought.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos June 19th - 25th

The weather finally broke! I was dying in those 90+ degree days last week. It is amazing what a 10 - 15 degree difference makes! The chickens appreciate it too as I have noticed they aren't panting at lock up time, but resting comfortably on their roost.

We are continuing with operation "Leave it to Beaver Summer" or as the oldest country kid says, "Why can't I sit in front of the (fill in electronic device)?!!?!?!" We have been working on our sidewalk chalk skills (I must admit, I'm getting pretty good), hitting a library in the park event, the country kids are learning to make their own treats, and of course swimming.

I also let them spend an afternoon playing Wii games. What? It's not like I didn't have an Atari when I was a kid. Ahhh good old pong...... It was so funny listening to them fight, laugh and learn to work together to accomplish goals.

So what made me smile this week?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Helping Chickens Beat the Heat

Summer is here and the heat is on. Chickens do not do well in heat! In fact, heat can be downright dangerous for your chickens. We live in Michigan and let me tell you, going from negative digits in the winter to over 90 in the summer can be hard on not just us humans!

Chickens like temperatures up to 75 degrees, kind of like me. But once you start getting up into the 80's and higher, a chicken's body begins to go through changes in order to deal with the heat. One thing you might notice is a drop in food consumption, an increase in water consumption and decreased egg production.

Once temps hit the mid 80's though it is time to take action to help your chickens beat the heat, because no one wants their chickens to over heats and collapse.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet Nate!!!

This week's Critter Spotlight goes to our oldest homestead kitty, Nate. At the time we got him, we were not thinking about his role in our family, but he quickly proved his role as a mighty mouser! What can I say, when you live in a house that is over 100 years old, you occasionally get a mouse or two during the colder months.

Now Nate wasn't always know as Nate. When we first got him, we were told he was a she and since she was born in July, we decided to call her Julie. Well our first trip to the vet gave us the heads up that Julie had family jewels and a new name was needed. Now, never ask a 3 year old what he wasn't to name his cat because Nate was then know as 9-G. See, I told you, never let a 3 year old name a cat. Luckily over time, some how 9-G morphed in to 9-G Nate Nate, and then just plain old Nate.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos June 12th - 18th

It was the first official full week of summer vacation around here and the country kids have been having a blast! My goal this summer is to give them a summer like I had as a kid. My hubby says there is no way kids today can have a "leave it to Beaver" summer, so I am going to prove him wrong! Who needs computer games and screen time when there is so much fun stuff to do!

As for things on the homestead, the garden continues to grow, the flock continues to hide eggs from me, and life goes on as normal. The weather has been all over the map, even pushing into the 90's! That's a little much for this Norther girl to handle. But I still did my chores, weeded the garden, sweated my parts off, and then feel out in front of the air conditioner.

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When you clean the critter shed and find......

When you are a homesteader, you learn to roll with the punches. Oh sure, you try your best to plan, but nature has a way of laughing at you sometimes. This was the case recently when I had the oldest country kid help me clean the critter shed.

Now I don't know which is worse, the complaining of a 10 year old boy about having to clean the critter shed, or the smell of critter crap on an 80 degree day. Both are highly annoying in their own right! But, it was high time we cleaned the shed, so with shovel and pitchfork in hand, we headed in.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Meet Ester!!

Part of the fun of homesteading is getting to spend time with the critters we care for. This week on our first ever Critter Spotlight, I want to give you all the chance to meet one of our amazing friends, Ester! She is currently our oldest hen and while she doesn't lay an egg everyday, she still pops out a few a week at the age of four.

Ester came from a feed store at just a few days old. She is an Americana and lays light blueish/green eggs. Now most critters around here are family pets, but this pretty girl has the grand distinction of belonging the oldest country kid. I dear say she started his deep affection towards birds. While we had chickens before her, and have added chickens since, the fact that she holds a special place in his heart sets her apart.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos June 5th - 11th

We have wrapped up homeschooling for the year!!! The oldest country kid is happy, but the words "I'm bored" are already starting. Ugh. Time to relearn how to entertain yourself, child. Time for mom to bust out her craft supplies. This might be a looooong summer.

Things are starting to bloom and grow all around our property. While fall is my favorite season, I dearly love this time of the year. Watching the seeds I planted push up through the earth with the promise of a bounty of food for the family in the future always brings a happy feeling to my heart.

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Chicken Dust Bath

First time chicken keepers may be a little startled the first time they see one of their birds in the act of dust bathing. Why? Because it can look like they are injured or having a seizure! A bird flopping around erratically on the ground can be startling. Finding a chicken who has finished dust bathing, when they are relaxed and sleeping in a twisted manner, can cause your heart to jump as they may appear dead. Just ask my hubby who found a hen so blissed out after a dust bath he actually had to poke her to get her to wake up and move!

So what is a dust bath and why do chickens do it? The what part is pretty simple, it is part of a chicken's preening regiment. Preening is a bird's way of grooming its feathers to keep them in the best condition. Preening involves a few components, including the dust bath!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Banana & Walnut Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting!!

Whenever we have bananas that get too ripe, everyone at our house starts begging for banana bread. Now, don't get me wrong, I love banana bread as much as the next person, but there had to be something else I could do with my over ripe bananas. So this time, I switched it up on them and came up with a banana and walnut cake that totally hits the spot!

With some simple ingredients from your pantry, you too can whip up this cake that will make you a culinary rock star with your family. Easy to make, simple ingredients and best of all, it smells so good while it bakes, they will be drooling before it hits the table!

So grab your over ripe bananas, head to your pantry and gather up the remaining ingredients and meet me at your mixer......

Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos May 29th - June 4th

Our garden is in and growing like gangbusters! The potatoes are going wild. I am so excited to see what kind of harvest we will get this fall.

It's been a pretty calm week here, well except for that one time the oldest country kid started a fire in the kitchen trying to boil water. LOL Yup, he turned on the wrong burner and I am still not sure why there were flames shooting up around the empty pan. No worries, I put it out quick enough and calmed a very upset young man. I am proud to say, he continued on with his cooking and finished making lunch! So proud of him for not giving up.

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Homemade Bee Condo (For Mason Bees)

I know a few of you are thinking "why would you want to build a bee condo!?!?" Well, because if you garden, plants need to be pollinated in order to reproduce. Many plants depend on bees or other insects to help with pollination.

When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens (the male reproductive organ of the flower) sticks to the hairs of the bee's body. When the bee visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the tip of the pistil (the female reproductive organ of the flower.) When this happens, fertilization is possible, and yummy goodness grows in your garden!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Week of Homestead Photos May 22nd - 28th

We had a battle for our porch this week as some raccoons decided we were their new hang out spot. While slightly cute, they got a little too pushy and we had to evict them for our safety and the safety of our flock. Don't worry, no cute trash pandas were harmed during the eviction. They were just repeatedly run off till they got the point. Oh and one of them sniffed one of hubby shoes and almost fell off the porch backwards. I think that might have been the turning point in the battle! LOL

We got more of our garden planted this week, but with the weather being so hot and humid, we had to plant a little then run inside to the air conditioner for a few. It boggles my mind we had snow flurries just a couple weeks ago and now we are baking.

So what made me smile this week?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mosquito Repelling Plants

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, and that means more time outside enjoying nature, gardening, and BBQs with friends. That also means the mosquitos are back. Yes, I have already seen a few and I don't want to see anymore!

As you may or may not know, I am VERY anemic (the doctors are working on finding the cause) and I really need every drop of blood I have. Sorry, mosquitoes, but I'm not sharing this summer! Luck for me, Clovers Garden has a mosquito repelling plant collection called The Mosquito Trio!

Hubby and I recently made a new patio area with mulch, plant beds and a lovely table and chairs. I would really like to get to sit out there this summer and not be eaten alive, so these mosquito repelling plants are going to go perfectly in the new beds around the patio area!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ring of Fire Hot Pepper Collection

I really enjoy gardening, the smell of the dirt, the feel of it on your hands, ahhh, the joy of spring time. Recently Clovers Garden contacted me about their Ring of Fire hot pepper collection and wondered if I would like to try it. Clovers Garden ships ready to plant plants. Who can say no to plants! I was curious, having never had plants shipped through the mail to me, how this whole thing would work, but I was excited.

What is the Ring of Fire hot pepper collection? Just a collection of some of the world's hottest hot peppers! Do you want to be the bravest gardener on the block? How about the ruler of every salsa contest from here on out? These super hot, but tasty peppers are almost impossible to find at a regular nursery (or even online) but Clovers Garden has tons of them.

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