DIY Day

Well, I spent the day making do it yourself products.  

First I made Powdered Laundry Detergent. Thanks for the recipe pinterest — via http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/make-a-years-worth-of-laundry-soap.html

Then I had been searching the same site, I found a recipe for homemade fabric softener and making reusable dryer sheets.  So I made both of those. 

Rosemary Mint Fabric Softener

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/rebeccas-rosemary-mint-fabric-softener.html

Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2011/08/giving-bounce-dryer-sheets-bounce.html

Anyway, so I made all of these products today.  I have done one load of laundry and I have to say that my clothes came out clean and smelling good.  So therefore, all three of these products work and at least have my full endorsement.  (Not that that is worth much, but they work!)

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Laundry — Again — Never Ending Process!

I tried what was called a “miracle stain remover” on pinterest.  The recipe was Hydrogen Peroxide and dawn dish soap.  I definitely wouldn’t call it a miracle stain remover, but maybe I need to start from the beginning.

During the summer, my husband likes to wear white t-shirts and white tank tops, due to them being cooler.  I tend to hate white t-shirts, because I end up spending $20 on new white shirts every month, because he gets them so dirty!  So that’s what led me to try this miracle stain remover.  

I sprayed the stain remover on the stain, scrubbed it, and then threw it in the washer.  Didn’t do so well the first time, so I figured I’d give it another shot.  I sprayed the stains again and let them sit for a couple of hours — no scrubbing this time.  When I pulled them out of the washer this time most of the stains were gone, there were still faint spots from where they were, but they are definitely something that he can wear again.  

I think that if I get to the stain immediately after it happens it may work a little better (but that’s not going to happen!)

Speaking of laundry — I also bought the ingredients to make homemade powdered laundry soap.  I haven’t put it together yet, but hopefully I can get that done tomorrow.  

Planning on waking up earlier tomorrow to clean out the van, make my laundry soap, and get around for a busy day at the new house.  

Bought a bundle of culled lumber at Lowes tonight for $20.00, so we can fixed the ceiling in what is going to be my father–in-law’s room.  The ramp that goes into the house was finished today, so he should be able to get into the house now and our progress should move a little faster!

Since I called myself an herbal housewife, I guess I should post some pictures of my herb garden!  The one picture I am missing is the original herb garden that was started several years ago that is now sitting on the porch.  Will have to get a picture of that.

Lavendar Dill and Cilantro Basil Garden

There are miniature roses on the steps too, but mostly herbs.  Different types of basil and some mint.

There are miniature roses on the steps too, but mostly herbs. Different types of basil and some mint.

Rosemary

Herb Garden Pictures

Vinegar for Fabric Softener

Started to use vinegar for fabric softener today.  It works really well, but there is still the smell of vinegar in the clothes after I taken them out.  I put the vinegar in the downy ball (because I’m lazy and don’t want to stand over the washer until the rinse cycle).  Am I using too much (up to the line in the softener ball) or is this just normal?  Just curious!

Fertilizer for Wisteria

From Distant Shot of Wisteria

From Distant Shot of Wisteria

Wisteria Fertilizer

By Country Joe of Country Joe’s Landscaping (retired)

Planted that wisteria and you’re still waiting to see it bloom ten years later.  Here’s something that will help.

Go to a good nursery store and buy triple phosphate this will be 0-0-46 or higher on the label.  Sometimes used for potatoes and other root crops, but also works very well for flowering vines.

Take one 8 ounce cup and sprinkle at the drip line.  Wash the fertilizer into the ground with a sprinkler.  Do it in the spring or the fall, but never more than once a year.  This will cause the vines to grow stronger, happier, healthier roots.  The more roots you have the more flowers you produce.

It is not uncommon for a wisteria to take ten to twenty years to bloom if it is not well tended.  So feeding them is very important.

After this process, I have seen wisteria bloom in the spring, but produce random flowers through out it’s growing season.

Closer Shot of the blooming Wisteria

Closer Shot of the blooming Wisteria

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Fertilizer Recipe from a Landscaper

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High Acid Plant Fertilizer

By Country Joe of Country Joe’s Landscaping (retired)

20 lb of rhododendron dry fertilizer

10 lb of bone meal

5 lb Aluminum Sulfate

2 – 5 gallon clean plastic buckets (one with a lid)

Put all the dry ingredients in a bucket, make sure you are wearing a mask, gloves, and eye protection.  Pour the contents from one bucket to the other four or five times — this will mix the ingredients evenly.  Any plant that likes high acid fertilizers will respond very, very well to this mix (ie roses, any type of evergreen, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, ground cover).

Application: Use an 8 ounce plastic cup

Put one cup, per inch per caliper (caliper is determined by measuring the truck of the plant eight inches up from the ground, using tailors tape wrapped around the truck). For every inch use one cup of fertilizer at the drip line.  If you look at the plant and see where the longest limbs are hanging.  The drip line is on the ground under where the

No earlier in the spring than Easter and no later in the fall then labor day.  Twice a year is more than enough.  This fertilizer will cause new growth within ten days, so that’s the reason for the time limits.  Feel free to look up your plants online to see if they are acid loving plants.

If you’re using it on ground covers, sprinkle it on the plant and then wash it into the ground.  Do not let it sit on the plants.  This does not need to be buried.

This fertilizer mix has been recommended for about twenty years and everyone who has used it seems to love it.  A five gallon bucket full, should last about 3-4 years depending on how large and how many acid loving plants you have.  Make sure keep in a dry place with the lid on tight.

Another Day

Well, I didn’t post last night — decided it was time to sleep instead of staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning.

Not too much to report from yesterday.  Went to the new house to show it to my parents.  Set up the couch and the chair in the right spot in the living room.  So my living room is starting to look like a living room.

When we first went in the house I noticed that the kitchen was very, very dark.  Even when we turned the electricity on the kitchen was still dark.  So I decided to paint the dark seventies wood paneling.  I know, I know it’s supposed to be a no-no and I went on pinterest to see if there were any ideas to painting paneling.  It was suggested to sand the paneling and a bunch of other steps, that sounded like way too much work.  Any way it turns out that all you need to do is prime the paneling and then use a good quality paint and painted paneling looks good.  Hard to see the color, but it’s Glidden’s True Peach from Walmart.

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Hopefully will post more later tonight, need to figure out what to make for dinner.  Have to take my father-in-law to a doctor’s appointment at 3:40pm.