75 Alkaline Friendly Plants

75 Alkaline Friendly Plants. If you have alkaline soil, you need plants that flourish within an alkaline soil environment. Flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees all have specific soil needs; these 75 Alkaline Friendly Plants are great choices for your gardening and landscaping needs.





75 Alkaline Friendly Plants

So why is a soil considered alkaline? Well, it is defined by pH. So, what exactly is soil pH?

• The pH soil scale ranges from 0 to 14.
• A pH of 7 is neutral, which is neither acid nor alkaline.
• A pH below 7 is acid.
• A pH above 7 is alkaline.

A pH of 5.5 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 6.5. A pH of 8.5 is 10 times more alkaline than a pH of 7.5. A soil test will determine pH.

You can test your soil’s pH with through your local County Cooperative Extension Office (in New York State there is a Cornell Cooperative Extension in every county), or using a store bought soil tester or kit. You should test your soil before beginning any new landscape or vegetable growing project.

Here are some of the best soil ph tester kits you can buy online (I went with the reviews):

Soilster
MoonCity
Luster Leaf (This is Home Depot, so you can get it in-store too)

From the USDA:

Soil testing of the garden site is essential. Soil tests provide valuable information about fertility and pH and provide the basis for fertilizer and liming recommendations. Plan on soil testing the season before the garden is planted, preferably before the ground freezes. This allows for planning of fall applications of nutrients and lime to prepare the garden site for spring planting. Another benefit of fall testing is that fertilizer prices are more likely to be discounted during that season.

Many plants do well in acidic, slightly acidic, neutral, near neutral soils, alkaline soils; in other words, they will grow fairly well in some to all ranges as long as they are not extreme. Some plants prefer a highly acidic soil.
Soil is more likely alkaline due to the limestone parent material when soils were formed. If the pH of your soil is greater than 7.5, then the soil may contain a large amount of free calcium carbonate. Wood ash will raise the soil pH and make the soil more alkaline.

If you are looking for a list of acid-loving plants, check out my list of 75 Acid Loving Plants!

Below is a list of alkaline friendly plants you can grow in alkaline soil. All of these plants listed below have some alkaline soil level requirements. Some love alkaline soil more than others – they range from liking slightly alkaline soil to loving very alkaline soil. It was interesting to me how many vegetables went on this list, and how few flowers or fruits. I cannot say I grow too many alkaline friendly plants, mostly chives, oregano, and beans.

75 Alkaline Friendly Plants

• Artichoke
• Arugula
• Asparagus
• Aster, New England
• Beauty Bush
• Beans
• Beet
• Bigroot Geranium
• Bluebell
• Boston Ivy
Broccoli
• Broccoli Rabe
• Brussels Sprouts
• Cabbage
• California Lilacs
• Campanula
• Cantaloupe
• Cauliflower
• Chinese Cabbage
• Celeriac
Chives

75 Alkaline Friendly Plants. If you have alkaline soil, you need plants that flourish within an alkaline soil environment. Flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees all have specific soil needs; these 75 Alkaline Friendly Plants are great choices for your gardening and landscaping needs.


• Chokeberry
• Cilantro
• Clematis Vine
• Cockscomb
• Collard
• Crab Apple
• Crocus
• Emerald Gaity Shrubs
• Endive
• Escarole
• Fennel
• Forsythia
• Green Velvet Boxwood
• Hebe ‘Great Orme’
• Honeysuckle
• Horseradish
• Hyacinth
• Iceland Poppy
• Jack Frost
• Japanese Wisteria
• Jerusalem Artichoke
Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Lemon Mint
• Lettuce
• Lilacs
• Lima Beans
• Marjoram

75 Alkaline Friendly Plants. If you have alkaline soil, you need plants that flourish within an alkaline soil environment. Flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees all have specific soil needs; these 75 Alkaline Friendly Plants are great choices for your gardening and landscaping needs.


• Mock Orange
• Mustard
• Nectarines
• Okra
• Onion
• Oregano
• Parsnip
• Peaches
Peas
• Photinia Berries
• Radicchio
• Radish
• Rhubarb
• Sage
• Shasta Daisy
• Snapdragon
• Spiraea
• Summer Squash
• Swiss Chard
• Tarragon
• Tomatillo
• Trumpet Honeysuckle
• Watercress
• Watermelon
• Weigela
• Worcester Gold

More reading:

10 Common Household Items to Use as Garden Fertilizers
20 Fabulous Bulbs to Plant in the Fall for Spring Blooms
Tips for Growing an Herb Garden Year Round
Vegetables That Are Perfect to Plant in Late Summer

Sources:

Farmer’s Almanac
Horticulture Magazine
Iowa State
University of Minnesota
USDA
Wildflower Information

Do you have a favorite alkaline friendly plant?


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Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.





Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle

This candle recipe is designed with the breathing and allergy sufferers in mind and has a great combination of four essential oils that all have a wonderful scent and (possible) health benefits. Breathing them in should help open up airways and helps relieve sinus pressure, so if we use them already to help with these things, why not make a candle scented with them as well to take it a little further in our household?

If you are missing one of these oils, you can just add a couple more drops of the others to make up the difference.

Unlike so many of my candles, this one is made with paraffin. If you prefer soy wax, give it a go! (I have not done so, but truly it should work). If you are interested in candle making, you may also like one of gthese DIY candle recipes: Homemade Vanilla Sugar Candle (oh so pretty!), Homemade Mason Jar Soy Candle (I love this one! So simple to make!), Homemade Coffee Bean Soy Candle (if you like the smell of fresh brewed coffee, this candle is for you!), How to Make a Candy Corn Candle (a fun candle to make!), Homemade Autumn Spice Soy Candles (probably my favorite on the blog), Homemade Cinnamon and Spice Candles (simple, simple, simple!)

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle Materials:

• Glass Jar (4-8 ounce size)
• 15 drops Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil
• 12 drops Rosemary Essential Oil,
• 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
• 10 drops Pure Lemon Essential Oil
• 1 Brick Paraffin Wax (preformulated)
• 1 Candlewick (with a weighted bottom)
• Wax Adhesive (if desired)
Double Boiler
• Thermometer

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle Directions:

• Fill the bottom half of a double boiler to about one-third full and set the stove temperature to medium to high heat.
• Place the wax brick in the top half and let it melt. This type of paraffin wax is preformulated and will melt easily. You should not need to stir it more than once or twice until you are adding the oils. You do not want to overheat the wax, so keep a close watch on the water in the bottom pot and once it begins to boil, just turn your flame down to low heat. It should take about 10 minutes or so to melt.

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


• Read the directions that came with the wax for tips on the heat setting, and place the thermometer into the wax so you can keep an eye on that (this said about 150 degrees.)

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


• Attach the wick to the bottom of the glass jar so it is all ready to go when the wax is ready to pour. You have two options for this: Either use wax adhesive, which is sold in the craft store near the paraffin wax, or you can place a few drops of the hot wax from the pan into the bottom of your jar (seen in photo) and set the clip down in it, holding it in place for a few seconds to secure it on. (You can do the pencil trick to hold it in place, and readjust after you pour your wax mixture, or use a ruler and clothes pin as seen in the photo. Loop the wick around the pencil or ruler to hold it in place.)

• Once the wax has melted and is nice and clear in color, check the temperature with a thermometor to see if it is good, as per the directions listed on the package. It may need to cool a bit before adding the essential oils.

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


• Add in your essential oils to the melted wax and stir.
• Pour the wax mixture into the jar, until it is approximately ¾ full. You will need more wax later to top off the candle, so reserve some (keep it from the heat, and just turn off the heat for now).
• Adjust your wick if it moved from center.

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


• Allow your candle to cool for approximately 20 minutes or so, and using a sharp object poke a hole a few times in the wax, (I used the end of my thermometer), close to the wick itself, to remove the trapped air that gets in when you fill it.
• Reheat the reserved wax over medium heat and when it has reached the right temperature again, pour it over the holes in the top of the candle, filling them in and topping the rest of the candle off till the jar is full.

Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle. Help clear those sinuses with this wonderful smelling homemade candle. A fast and easy to make candle tutorial.


• Allow the sinus candle to cool off for a few hours. The bottom center of the jar should feel cool to the touch when it is ready.
• Trim your wick to approximately ¼” in length.
• Light and enjoy!

Safety tip: never leave a lit candle unattended!

• To print the Sinus Relief Blend DIY Candle instructions, click here.

Note: None of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor, and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using essential oils so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about essential oils.


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Rocky Road Cookie Bars Recipe

Rocky Road Cookie Bars Recipe. These rocky road cookie bars are made by placing layers of sweet goodness over a graham cracker crust base. These easy to make cookie bars taste a whole lot like rocky road candy! If you like road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!





Rocky Road Cookie Bars Recipe

Ever have Hello Dolly Bars? These Rocky Road Cookie Bars are an awful lot like that. Made by pouring layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bars recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!

If you are a cookie bar fanatic (and let’s face it, they are so simple to make, who isn’t!?), you might enjoy these Chocolate Cashew Bars, this Dutch Almond Bar Recipe, or perhaps this amazing Gooey Bars recipe!

Rocky Road Cookie Bars Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup Butter, melted
• 1 ½ cups Graham Crackers, crushed
• 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
• 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
• ½ cup Coconut Flakes
• ½ cups Walnuts, crushed
• 2 ½ cups Mini Marshmallows

Rocky Road Cookie Bars Mise en Place:

Measuring Cup
• Spatula
13″x9″ pan

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


Rocky Road Cookie Bars Directions:

• Pre heat oven to 350°.
• Pour melted butter at the bottom of a 13″x9″ pan.
• Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs all over the pass and pat until butter is absorbed into crumbs.

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker layer.

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• Spread chocolate chips evenly over the sweetened condensed milk.

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• Add a layer of crushed walnuts.

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• Cover with coconut flakes.
• Bake for approximately 22 minutes in the pre-heated 350° oven.

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• Pull pan from the oven and top off with mini marshmallows.
• Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until marshmallows are medium toasted brown color.

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into squares.


Rocky Road Cookie Bars Recipe

These rocky road cookie bars are made by placing layers of sweet goodness over a graham cracker crust base. These easy to make cookie bars taste a whole lot like rocky road candy! If you like road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Butter, melted
1 ½ cups Graham Crackers, crushed
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
½ cup Coconut Flakes
½ cups Walnuts, crushed
2 ½ cups Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

• Pre-heat oven to 350°.
• Pour melted butter at the bottom of a 13″x9″ pan.
• Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs all over the pass and pat until butter is absorbed into crumbs.
• Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker layer.
• Spread chocolate chips evenly over the sweetened condensed milk.
• Add a layer of crushed walnuts.
• Cover with coconut flakes.
• Bake for approximately 22 minutes in the pre-heated 350° oven.
• Pull pan from the oven and top off with mini marshmallows.
• Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until marshmallows are medium toasted brown color.
• Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

• Makes 18 Rocky Road Cookie Bars

Rocky Road Cookie Bars. Made by placing layers of sweet goodness over the graham cracker crust base, this easy to make rocky road cookie bar recipe tastes a whole lot like rocky road candy. Yum! If you like rocky road candy, you will love these melt in your mouth delicious Rocky Road Cookie Bars!


• To print the Rocky Road Cookie Bars recipe, click here.


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