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Remedies for Poison Ivy You Can Find in Your Kitchen
This article list many different remedies for battling poison ivy. All of these ingredients are common household goods and help heal the rash quickly.
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No Fear Guide to Being a Vegetarian
New to vegetarianism? Don’t be scared you can eat good and eat healthy while note eating meat! This guide will help you eat enough protien to maintain a healthy diet; it also includes some recipes!
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I mentioned earlier about flea beetles messing with my potato plants. Here is an article I wrote about natural ways to control flea beetles. All the methods are effective, but the garlic and onion recipe worked  the best for me.

Natural Methods for Controlling Flea Beetles in Your Garden

There are many natural methods for controlling flea beetles in your garden.
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Ok so I found a bunch of tiny white dots on my potato plants, and after some researched I realised there were flea beetles digesting parts of my plants. Gross right? So I made a garlic, onion, hot pepper sauce concoction and tried that. It doesn’t seem like they have gotten worse, but I will update in a few days. Flea beetles suck and will destroy many plants! Evil little buggers.

My dad got me two apple trees this spring, and they were growing great until recently. They started getting little golden orange-yellow spots.

After some research I found out it was cedar apple rust. I have no idea where there are cedar trees near my house, but there definitely are somewhere.

So I started looking up natural treatments.

I read in several places that baking soda, dish washing liquid, and oil are a good mixture to spray on plants so I tried it. This worked for a week and the apple trees were growing well.

I pulled off all of the cedar apple rust infected leaves before spraying and the trees were looking healthy.

For about a week.

Now the leaves are starting to turn brown and fall off. My poor apple trees. Cedar apple rust is my new enemy, and I am determined to figure out how to get rid of it.

I read that garlic can be blended and mixed with water as a spray, but you have to remove the pieces of garlic before it clogs your spray bottle. So I am going to try this on the cedar apple rust this weekend.

I will keep you all updated on the results because it seems that this is a common ailment with not many common solutions.

If there is a natural treatment for cedar apple rust I will find it and let you know about it!

This year I started a new garden. I cleaned out all the stumps, rocks, and weeds and planted in new fresh soil. If any of you has started a new garden in a forested area you know how the first season isn’t all the best. Many of my plants grew and some of them died, but my jalapenos flourished. My jalapenos grew into big bushes and I can pick about 20- 30 peppers every week or less. I have been putting jalapenos in everything; I have even been giving them away. I realized that I can not eat all of these peppers, and I do not want them to go to waste. I have found some very delicious and effective methods of preserving jalapeno peppers. The simplest and easiest recipe for preserving jalapenos is pickled jalapenos. The best part of pickled jalapenos is that you can pickle them with many different vegetable combinations.

My favorite pickled jalapeno recipe is pickled jalapenos and carrots. To make pickled jalapenos and carrots start by boiling enough vinegar to cover your vegetables and fill you jar. I like to use old pickle jars because the rims are wide enough to pour into, and you can stick your hand inside to get the delicious treats out.

When the vinegar starts to boil, add the carrots and boil them for 10 minutes. I use baby carrots because they are already in small pieces but you can cut up regular carrots if you like. The carrots will become soft. Make sure to check how many carrots and jalapeno you can fit in your jar before boiling any of the vegetables.

The next step is to slice the peppers in half and remove the seeds. For a much hotter pepper leave seeds in pepper and poke a hole in each pepper instead of slicing it. A few seeds mixed in with the vinegar will add a little spice so season according to your spice preference.

After the carrots have become soft add the jalapenos and spices to the vinegar and simmer. I like to use sage, thyme, and cilantro to flavor my pickled mixture, and I also add about 10 whole garlic cloves because I love pickled garlic. Simmer all of the ingredients for 5- 10 minutes. The longer you simmer the mix the softer your jalapenos will be.

Remove the pickled vegetables and season lightly with salt. After the mixture has cooled slightly fill your jar and let sit out for one hour. This will allow time for the mixture to cool; after one hour you can refrigerate the finishes pickled peppers. These vegetables are delicious on their own or in many other recipes.

I live in New York, and I have recently noticed that I have two mulberry trees growing in my back yard. One of these trees hangs right over part of my vegetable garden. All the mulberries kept falling on my garden, and this made it really hard to keep up with the weeds. I decided that I would have to figure out something to do with these mulberries, so I decided to start cooking with them. I tried a lot of recipes, but this mulberry cobbler is by far the best!

Okay so first the ingredients! You will need about 2 cups of mulberries, now remember to cut the stems off because the stems are not delicious. The next ingredient is sugar, and you will need about a fourth to a half a cup of sugar depending on how sweet you like things. You will also need six tablespoons of butter, three-fourths of a cup of flour, two teaspoons of baking powder, half a teaspoon of salt, and three-fourths a cup of milk.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees . Next you will need to mix the berries with the sugar, and you can add some apple slices if you like. Sometimes I slice and chop one or two apples and throw them in for variety. After the fruit and sugar is thoroughly mixed melt the butter and pour it into an eight inch square glass dish.

Now mix all of the dry ingredients, and add the milk; remember to keep the berries separate! You can add some granola and/or oats to add some texture. You can also add some lemon zest to the batter in order to spice it up a bit. If you do not want to add these ingredients it will still be delicious, but you can always keep them in mind for latter.

A very important step in this recipe is to pour the batter into the dish. You do not want to mix the batter when it is in the dish because the butter is there first for a reason. Now that the batter is already in the pan you can add your mulberries. Sprinkle them all over the top of the batter.

This may seem like an upside down cobbler, but it is truly scrumptious, and is very easy to make. Bake this dish for about twenty minutes. You will know it is done when a knife comes out clean of batter when it is inserted in the middle of the cobbler.

About Art for a Home and Sustainable Living

Okay, I am an artist. First and foremost I am an artist. I see art in everything, and I think in visuals. I have been making arts and crafts for years, and I have sold a lot of my arts and crafts on ebay and etsy, but lately I have been writing more than anything because I need to make money. But, I think I am finally going to be able to work on my art again, and I am thinking about putting towards a goal in my life. I have dreamed of owning an earthship for years. This self sustaining home is an amazing work of art that would make my living energy efficient and in tune with nature. So, I have decided to sell my art again and put all of the money towards my earthship home. Hence, the title. So I will be posting all of my art here, ans several other sites, and I will post links to my site. I am going to sell my recycled art for my dream home, and this might be the only way that my dream can come true. So if you like art and the earth check out my site and my art. Thanks for listening to my rambles, and I hope to hear from anyone with feedback, comments, and other ideas or inspirations. Let inspiration always move you brightly


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