Gardening

I love to garden and want to share my gardening tips, gardening advice, and garden know-how with you! Gardening topics include easy gardening ideas for beginners, gardening ideas for longtime gardeners, how to grow plants, how to grow flowers, how to grow herbs, vegetable gardening, how to fix gardening problems, advice on gardening tools and gardening supplies, and more!

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub

Do you like to make homemade soap and homemade scrubs? If you use your hands for gardening or other outdoor activities that leave them very dirty, this DIY gardener hand soap scrub is perfect for you! It is simple to make, soothing and mild, yet the Epsom salt and baking soda do a marvelous job of cleaning the dirt on your hands, including in lines and around your finger beds.

If you are like me and constantly “forgetting” to use yard work or gardening gloves, give this wonderful DIY gardener hand soap scrub formula a try. I bet you’ll be glad you did!

Note:

• For the mild soap, give Dr. Bronner’s a try. This is a peppermint soap. Peppermint is thought to have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It can also help keep your skin cool and lower skin irritation.

• The coconut oil will leave your hands feeling soft and smooth.

Lavender Essential Oil is thought to calm the skin, reduce skin irritations and may help with acne and eczema.

Geranium Essential Oil – is noted for its astringent properties and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Myrrh Essential Oil is thought to have anti-microbial and astringent properties.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


Gardener Hand Soap Scrub Materials:

• 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
• ¼ cup Mild Soap
• 1 tsp Honey
• 2-3 drops Argan Oil
• 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
• 10 drops Geranium Essential Oil
• 10 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
• ½ cup Epsom Salts
• ½ cup Baking Soda

Gardener Hand Soap Scrub Mise en Place:

Measuring Spoons
Measuring Cup
• Bowl (microwave safe)
• Medium Sized Bowl
• Spatula

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


Gardener Hand Soap Scrub Instructions:

• Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Add melted coconut oil to a medium size bowl.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Add mild soap, honey and Argan oil to the melted coconut oil.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Add Lavender Essential Oil.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Add Geranium Essential Oil.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Add Myrrh Essential Oil.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Add Epsom salts and baking soda.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Mix ingredients together.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Add to airtight container.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


To use Gardener Hand Soap Scrub:

• Apply to wet hands.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Rub hands together to allow the soap scrub to get into the crevices and get out the dirt.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Rinse hands thoroughly.
• Dry.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• Store the gardener hand soap scrub in an airtight container.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


• If giving as a gift, add a ribbon and label the contents. Well, you may want to label the contents regardless of whether or not you are keeping this or gifting to someone.

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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.

How to Make a Gardener Hand Soap Scrub. This wonderfully scented, very effective, homemade gardener hand soap scrub is very easy to make. If you have rough, dry, dirty hands from gardening and yard work, mix up a batch of this diy soap/hand scrub and let your hands feel good again. This makes a great gift for gardeners too!


If you enjoy the outdoors, you may be interested in these DIY recipes:

Homemade Bug Repellent Bars – With warm weather comes bugs! Mosquitoes, flies, and other bothersome insects can intrude when you are trying to enjoy a summer picnic, a backyard barbecue, or a day by the pool. While you can always use a commercial insecticide soap, spray or lotion, sometimes you do not want that on your skin. A great attribute of many essential oils is their ability to ward off unwanted insects.

Best Essential Oil Mosquito and Bug Repellent Recipes – One of the best attributes of quite a few essential oils is their ability to ward off unwanted insects. Check out these easy pesticide recipes to keep the little buggers at bay.


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Spring Container Vegetable Gardening

Spring Container Vegetable Gardening. Have a vegetable garden? Have you tried growing vegetables in pots? This year I went to all container vegetable gardening. This how I set-up my spring container vegetable garden in containers.


This year I switched over to all container gardening. I had dabbled in container gardening every since I purchased my earth boxes, but this year I had the herb island removed and sod laid down where it used to be.

Spring Container Vegetable Gardening

I had the thornless blackberry bushes removed, and dirt laid where they had grown for the last 7 years. I had them bucketed, and a friend took them to his land where he planted them near his raspberry brambles.

I decided to go to containers because the truth is I ain’t gettin’ any younger. I was tired of bending over, getting on my knees to weed, fighting slugs, etc.

This post has been a long time in coming. I planted the day after Mother’s day (perfect for my area). May was a simply glorious month after a (very) cool April. I took photos of when I started, a week later, a week after that… and ended up with so many photos I became overwhelmed. And in truth, my container gardens have become overwhelming too!! My backyard patio looks like a jungle. People cannot believe how my plants in the containers have taken off.

Container Garden Vegetables Planted:

• Green Beans (earth boxes and regular garden pots)
• Cucumbers (earth box and regular garden pots)
• Peppers (earth boxes)
• Roman Tomatoes (the city picker boxes)
• Cherry Tomatoes (regular garden container)
• Cabbage (regular garden containers)
• Brussels Sprouts (regular garden containers)
• Peas (regular containers, three different types)
• Lettuce (bags)
• Spinach (bags)
• Mustard Greens (bags)
• Herbs – 2 different basil, thyme, spearmint, and something else…

So, here’s a few photos of how things are coming along this week.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Lettuce, spinach, mustard greens grown the same way.


This is a blend of lettuce. It is soft, soft, soft, and tastes great! Hubby and I have pulled off a few leaves to taste, but I have not yet cut to harvest.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Cabbage in a single pot.


I am growing several different types of cabbage. It is interesting as two were planted as singles in smaller containers, and six, three per container were planted in very large containers (I “thought” one or two would die off per container… thought wrong). I plan on keeping a notebook with all the tags and notes on what went right, and what went wrong, in my move over to container gardening.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Roma tomatoes in city pickers.


There are far, far, FAR too many tomatoes in these city pickers. Again, I expected some to die off. I am considering transplanting into the ground before it is too late, but the whole experiment was to see how many would grow successfully in a planter. I know the Romas grow well in these containers as they did last year, so even though it makes me twitchy, I am prepared to ride it out and see what happens.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Various types of peas, each different type in a single pot.


My peas are climbing. This is a new vegetable for me to plant. I have not done it at this house, and we’ve owned it for 13 years now. I am excited to see how well they will produce.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Banana Peppers growing in an earth box.


I am growing: banana peppers (shown above), red peppers, green peppers, and orange peppers. I planted 17 pepper plants (various types), lost 2, and am “down” to 15 plants. The banana peppers are already producing.

A real perk to this container gardening is the bunnies are not eating all my plants. Last year, the peppers didn’t survive to flower as the rabbits came through and simply ate the leaves before the plants could grow. This year? We have at least four rabbits hopping through the backyard every day, and {knock on wood} so far they have left hungry.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Cabbage in a single pot.


These are my Brussels Sprouts. The pots are enormous. I planted six Brussels Sprouts plants altogether, 3 per pot. In this pot, one has already died off. In the other pot, all three plants have been attacked by bugs. I think this weekend I’ll be transplanting one of these two plants into the other container, remove those three bug-eaten plants, and stake these so they can grow.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Garden tower of herbs.


When I decided to transition to (what was supposed to be exclusively) container gardening this year, I knew I’d need a few containers. I had all my earth boxes, the city pickers, and large containers I had saved from prior years that had held flowers. I purchased a few cool aqua and purple containers to add a pop of color. And, I purchased this garden tower.

Hubby and I started looking at for a garden tower two years ago. I simply didn’t want to pay the price (they were going for $500!!!) So this year when I found this garden tower (post) at gardener’s supply for under $200, I snatched it up.

IT. IS. AMAZING!!

I am so, so, soooooooooooooooo happy I bought this. I decided to grow all my herbs in it this year (well, except for some oregano that has been in the ground for the last five years). We chose not to install the irrigation system, and I water (nearly) every day. I plan on buying at least one more next year for flowers, possibly two more (I may try peppers in there). For the small footprint, it really packs a visual whallop (not to mention it grows herbs pretty darned well!)

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Green beans growing in an earth box.


I have green beans growing everywhere – earth boxes (above), single pots, in the ground (because I overbought and didn’t want to waste them) – in all I have 18 green bean plants growing and starting to flower. I have no idea what I was thinking. All I can say is if these all produce… I am glad we like green beans.

Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Flowers.


Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Flowers.


Spring Container Gardening. Experimenting with container gardening. Flowers.


I even managed a few flowers!

All-in-all this year’s container gardening is off to a good start.

If you are wondering how I planted the planters:

The earth boxes followed these directions: earth box set-up I have not really deviated from those instructions since I started using them in 2014.

The pots and city pickers were as follows:

• A scoop of drainage rocks not covering any drainage holes.
• A half full layer of Miracle Grow Potting Soil.
• A layer (yes, a layer) of Garden-tone vegetable food.
• Water (I use a sprinking water can for this).
• Fill the remainder of the pot with Miracle Grow Potting Soil.

Everything is an experiment this year outside the earth boxes. It should be interesting to see how much, or how little, the pots produce compared to the in-ground planting I have done for years.

Are you gardening this year? Containers, in-ground, or a mix of the two? How is your garden growing?


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7 Benefits of Growing Citronella

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When you hear the word citronella, you probably think of citronella candles or citronella oil and what a great insect repellent citronella is. But before either of those things can be made, you first have to grow a citronella plant – an easy to grow garden plant that has many benefits! Below are my 7 benefits of growing citronella. See why the citronella plant should be on your growing list this season!

A few things about citronella: it is a warm weather plant. Citronella is considered a perennial. It grows best year-round in zones 9-11. However, people in cooler growing zones can grow citronella. You would either dig up the citronella from the ground at the end of the season, and then plant it in a pot to bring inside, or grow it in a large pot keeping it outside in the summer, inside in the cooler months. (Citronella will die if exposed to frost.)

Citronella needs 6-8 hours of full sun each day. If you are growing it in the ground, space the plants 24 inches apart. Citronella plants can grow to 3 feet high and spread up to 4 feet, so take that into account when planting.

Note that in cooler climates citronella can be grown as an annual (you’d replace it yearly as it will die with a frost).

Now on to the good stuff:

7 Benefits of Growing Citronella

Citronella is easy to grow

You can purchase citronella plants from your local gardening center, or if you have a friend who already has citronella plants, propagate from those! Stem cuttings will root in perlite or potting soil, Keep the rooting evenly moist spraying leaves with water every day. Roots should form in two weeks. You can transplant when larger.

As everyday care, citronella plants require basic watering and nutrient-rich soil, 6-8 hours of sun and warm weather. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can handle citronella plant.

Citronella repels garden pests

This might be the number one reason to grow citronella! Citronella repels biting pests such as mosquitoes and flies. If you grow citronella in planters or containers around your patio, you can enjoy less biting pests in the area. The scent (while lovely to humans) is repellent to these bugs and will keep them away.

Citronella smells amazing

As mentioned, the smell of citronella is very satisfying. It has almost a lemon balm smell (they are in the same plant family) and can add ambiance to your deck and patios when placed in containers. If growing in the garden you can cut some and place it in centerpieces to keep the table smelling great and keep pests away when barbecuing or picnicking in your backyard.

You can use citronella foliage indoors

Snip foliage from the citronella plant and keep them in vases, places strategically around your home to keep biting bugs away. If you enjoy the scent you can even place bundles of the plant around the home for air freshening purposes.

Citronella can be added to your DIY beauty products

Did you know that people claim the oils from the citronella plant can help reduce inflammation and acne? There are all sorts of recipes online for DIY beauty products that use dried citronella, so this is worth looking into and considering. As a start, check out these Homemade Bug Repellent Bars1

Citronella will not repel beneficial yard critters

While citronella repels biting bugs such as mosquitoes, it won’t harm those beneficial bugs like bumble bees and it does not seem to repel spiders, which can help keep your pests in check. It also won’t keep away butterflies or hummingbirds which are so pleasant to have around.

You can easily grow citronella indoors once the weather shifts

When the growing season ends, bring those citronella plants indoors if you live in an area that gets frost. They will continue to grow and flourish for you so when the growing season returns, you can place your even bigger and better pots outdoors.

As you can see, there are many reasons to grow citronella plant. Consider these benefits of the growing citronella and see why this is the perfect plant for you.

If you enjoyed this citronella gardening post, you may also enjoy these bug and pest repellent posts:

Best Essential Oil Mosquito and Bug Repellent Recipes – With beautiful warm weather comes the not so awesome side effects – insects. When you are trying to enjoy a summer picnic or a day by the river, the last thing you want to deal with are mosquitoes, flies, and other creepy crawly insects. Of course, you can bring along a commercial insecticide spray, but sometimes you don’t necessarily want to spray that on your skin. One of the best attributes of quite a few essential oils is their ability to ward off unwanted insects. Check out these easy pesticide recipes to keep the little buggers at bay.

5 Pest Repelling Plants – While pesticides or insecticides may have their place, most gardeners would prefer to keep insects and rodents out of the garden as naturally as possible. There are natural, organic methods, and better yet, plants that repel pests.


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