Back to Eden Garden Update – July 2015

On June 10th I posted THIS VIDEO and was preparing to convert our regular (tilled) garden into a deep mulch/no till garden using the Back to Eden technique.

I started adding mulch soon after and didn’t quite get it finished. I got about 1/2 to 1/3 of the garden mulched in with wood chips before things started to take off and get to the point where spreading mulch wasn’t very easy anymore.  Because of the some of the garden was a deep mulch garden and the other a traditional garden.  Seeing the two variations side by side was awesome. The mulch REALLY did make a big difference in the time spent weeding and watering (I haven’t watered ONCE this year).

I still did have some issues with squash bugs and cucumber beetles but I only lost 3-4 plants because of them and I expect to loose some each year as I do not spray or use any chemical (organic or not) on my garden.

All in all I am very pleased with the way it has turned out and how well the garden has been maintaining itself this year.  To see it yourself I took a little video of it while picking beans last night.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Lets face it, ladies… foaming hand soap is WAY easier than the goopey liquid hand soap and is much easier for kids to use.

But it also is used up a lot faster. Which makes it more expensive.

Here is a little trick I started doing several years ago that saves me quite a bit of money and I only have to buy soap about once a year or so!

Basically foaming hand soap is essentially regular liquid soap and water in a special pump.  For the last couple of years I have been making it by mixing NON-antibacterial liquid soap from SAMs and water inside of a foaming hand soap bottle. BOOM. DONE. Money saved. You’re welcome!

I talk about WHY I choose a NON anti-bacterial soap in the video and HERE is the article that explains it a bit more scientifically.

Welcome to the NEW

So I have made the decision to jump on the wordpress bandwagon and I am COMPLETELY over my head. But like most things in my life I will figure it out as I go.  I am planning on doing “Throwback Thursdays” and posting old blog posts from my previous blogs for you to enjoy and adding new blog posts (hopefully weekly). Bear with me as I get used to the new format!