I don't know if you have been in the shop lately but a lot has changed and thanks to all your support, we have grown.
Our retail space has expanded and now we can offer some more cool products that I have always wanted to have and that you have been asking for like Fragrance, Canning Supplies, and Water Gardening Supplies.
I am super excited about the Tokyo Milk Perfume and lotions and I still can't decide if I like Dead Sexy or Honey and the Moon the best.
Talking about smelling good, we just harvested our First Lavender of the Season and it smells terrific. I can't wait to get busy and make some something special. Here is our recipe for Lavender Sorbet.
New Design Studio and Classroom!
In addition to our shop getting a wee bit bigger, we have also added a new Design Studio and Classroom. Watch out for our new classes in Canning, Ice Cream Making and of Course, Floral Design and Terrariums.
Rooftop Garden and Apiary
We have installed a rooftop garden and apiary where we are growing our Dwarf Fruit Trees, Herb and Veggie Starts and bees for our Honey which will be available this Fall. One of our Italian neighbors came to visit and told me (with the help of her daughter translating) that she raised bees and chickens back in Italy and she was so happy to see them here.
Do you think we should add some chickens? Let us know on Facebook.
Help Us Help Schools
We are trying to win a small business grant and plan on using the funds to put together a program that teaches teachers and school children how to raise plants for food and for fund-raising. We only need 250 votes to be eligible, please show your support! https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
Water Gardening without the Pond
You can turn any Container into a little Pond for you to enjoy. The sound of trickling water is so soothing and makes any space feel like a Zen Garden. Perfect for small spaces and balconies, We have all the kits you need to make your own fountains and water loving plants like Water Lilies and water hycanthe to make it complete. Click here to see this Bad Dog in action.
Yank Out those Lettuce Plants!
Veggies You Can Plant in July
Who says that Spring is only the time to garden? I don't get it, so much is happening at once, it is a hectic time of year. Our spring veggies are maxed out by by now and if you havn't started, your garden, now is the time to get going.
When September rolls around you will be dining on Lettuce, Beans, Carrots, Peas and Beets. October, some Kale, Scallions, Peas and Chard along with your Tomatoes and Peppers. So many of us are so busy in the summer, we don't get to enjoy our gardens. Plant Now and you will have lots to Eat and preserve In the Fall when things Slow Down a Little.
Yank out those Nasty Plants! Did your Lettuce suddenly get Tall and Bitter? Peas Crispy on the Vine? Hot, isn't it? Lettuce bolts in the heat so now is the time to yank it out, toss it on the compost pile and add some fresh organic nutrients, Happy Frog, Chicken Poo, Compost, whatever you prefer. Give the soil a little dig and start with some Fresh Seeds. Lettuce, Peas, Beans, Kale and Chard are great things to Plant Now.
Water is Key. The trick is to Keep the Soil Moist until the seeds sprout. I like to plant in a space that gets a little shade (not hard to find in our back gardens) or cover the ground with some cheese cloth to add a little protection. Make sure you water every morning for about 3 weeks.
Fall Gardens are Wonderful. There is a chill in the air and the madness of spring is long gone, so are the bugs that bug us in the summer. You get to enjoy fresh veggies and have delicious food to enjoy up until Thanksgiving. Last year my Kale and Spinach lasted through the winter without any help at all.
You can Can
Yes you can Can and we have all the Supplies you need to create your own little Canning Factory and the know-how to get you started.
Some times I feel like the Appalachian Laura Ingalls. When I was little, we lived down a dirt road on top of a mountain in the house where my mother grew up. Our closest neighbor was an 80 year old Mennonite lady named Van who had a small farm and still used the hand pump and wooden sink in her kitchen. She made jellies, jams and pickles all summer long. I loved to run down the hill and sit in her kitchen to watch her. I helped shell peas and snap beans in exchange for some fresh jam on home made bread. Wonderful.
I learned to can from my Mother and she learned from her Mother and all of her Mennonite and Amish Friends. They still grow their own food and make their own Pickles, Jellies and Chutneys. Nothing feels better than pulling out something you made during the summer in the middle of winter, its like opening a jar of sunshine.
Holiday gifts of something you made using your most precious resource, time, are always appreciated and loved. With all the bounty available to us at the farmers market, its awfully tempting. Who knows, you could be starting you own Pickle Empire! Watch out Brooklyn Brine!
Is it safe? Yes like putting together Ikea Furniture, you just need to follow the directions, The Ball Blue Book is the one I always turn to when I am double checking a recipe or times for processing. It has the most up to date and safe information. Here is a little video I made about making Jelly.
You don't need a lot of equipment to start, the big pot you make spaghetti in will be just fine. When you are ready to graduate, we have the big, Old Fashioned Enamel Canner that my Amish friends used, and still do. They work and make excellent Ice Buckets at parties too (they use them for lemon aide). The canners come with jar lifters and everything you need to get going. We also have jars in all sorts of sizes and the IMPOSSIBLE to find PECTIN. Pectin made from Citrus Rinds makes the brightest, clearest jelly and it is the only thing I use to make my Lavender and Hot Pepper Jellies.
Did Someone ask for Citrus Plants?
We have a fresh shipment of Citrus Plants. Citrus trees like Meyer Lemons, Limes and Oranges make excellent house plants. They love to be outside in the summer and inside in the winter and can produce flowers and fruits year round.
We have a fresh shipment of fruiting plants from 1 gallon (tabletop) to 75 gallon (loft) our 75 gallon tree has five (5) types of citrus grafted onto the branches. Wow.
Here is my recipe for making Meyer Lemon Marmalade. It is so so delicious and would make your mamma proud.
Hope to see you in the Shop Soon!
Rose Red & Lavender
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