Stone Pond Farm natural skin care made with local organic herbs - SkinBasics and NaturalHealing

    My friend Linda Meek, skilled herbalist, plant lore expert, one of the cool women in the area, is opening a website devoted to organic skin care and natural skin care products that she has been making and giving to friends for years.

    This is worth taking a look if you have sensitive skin or just want natural personal care items, face and hands cleansers and lotions, or simply advice, or want locally made skincare options.

    Stone Pond Farm

    Stone Pond Farm Natural Skin Care Organic Healing Products

     

    All creams, lotions and salves are made from organic ingredients, with no alcohol, chemicals, abrasives or artificial fragrance. Many of the plants used are grown on the Farm, then diffused or distilled for their beneficial ingredients. Small batches, custom made with the best cold pressed carrier oils, butters, waxes, and essential oils, assure freshness and quality.

    Take a look: SkinBasics and NaturalHealing.

    I'm trying to convince her to start an affiliate program so I can sell her stuff - I love her lip protection stuff, carry it everywhere.

     

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    Starting seedlings - step 1 - preparing the seedling flats, filling peat jiffystrips with potting/starting soil

    This is seedling starting season - well, technically, it's past seedling starting season, and I messed up by not getting my seedling starting posts done on time - Bad Gardener!

    Right now we have 5 flats under lights, mostly planted with heirloom tomatoes, peppers, brassica crops, herbs, and cucumbers, zuchini, and squashes germinating under our lighting setup. Only five flats, but that represents between $200 to $250 worth of seedlings, and these are all much higher quality seedlings and much more interesting varities of of plants than anything you are likely to be able to get at the local seedling sources - especially the heirloom tomatoes.

    Here's how we prepare the flats. First, since I am reusing some of last years flat trays, I sterilized them by washing them (in the bathtub) and then spraying them with a mild chlorine  solution, of about two tablespoons of chlorine beach in a quart sprayer bottle filled with water. Spritz spritz spritz all over and then let it sit for an hour. Careful, the chlorine is pretty nasty - but it sterilizes the tub too.

    I like to use jiffy strips, preformed peat cups, to replace the molded plastic panels of individual seed starting  cups that come with teh seedling flats when you buy them. BTW, I buy these tray sets at Lowes, 3 trays for 9 dollars, which is pricey enough but they can be reused, and its still way cheaper than buying the seedlings.

    (And remember, last year all those seedlings were pre-infected with the tomato blight, which killed everyones tomatoes. So starting our own seedlings protected us from the worst of the blight, and we still had a decent harvestm altho all the plants did eventually wither, brown, and succumb.)

    Here's the rest of the proceedure for filling the trays, in pictures.

    The basic starting elements of a seedling flat. The plastic tray, the individual containers for the seedlings, in this case preformed peat pots, and some potting soil.

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    Growing Lettuce under flourescent lights in the winter

    Here's some winter lettuce pictures to raise all our spirits while the snow is deep and the february grinds on, and all we pennsylvania gardeners start to garden plan and prepare to start seedlings.

    My wife was reading about growing greens under lights indoors, and since we already have a system of flourescent lights set up to start seedlings, that wasn't being used in the cold of january, I decided to try a test of growing lettuce under lights.
    Winter lettuce grown under lights

    And here's the result - pretty winter greens for a tonic salad!

    Beautiful greens in winter, baby forellenschluss and arugula grown under flourescent lights. Read more about Growing Lettuce under flourescent lights in the winter

    Last winters covered lettuce patch EXPLODES with new tasty lettuce

    Sorry folks, we've been so busy, and as bloggers know, the blog is the first thing to suffer groan! I have a few posts nearly ready but nearly ready and ready are not the same thing, and nearly ready doesn;t put any pennslyvania gardening tips onto your screens.

    But, heres a piucture to warm a pa gardeners heart, this is todays photo of the covered lettuce patch that we started last fall, and which gave us lettuce thru much if the winter. (you can see the reinforcing wire hoops that supported the plastic.)

    Covered lettuce patch bursting with spring growth

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