Cleavers – Galium aparine

Cleavers – Galium aparine

Meet Cleavers! The correct botanical name is Galium aparine. We need that botanical name because plants have “nicknames” that vary with culture and geographical area. Some of the common nicknames for Galium aparine are Catchweed, Bedstraw, Cleavers,...
Did My Iridotomy Fail?

Did My Iridotomy Fail?

Remember this post on my iridotomy? I remember clearly my eye doctor telling me that if my eye got red, swollen and painful, to see him right away because the holes created by the laser could fill back in and it was imperative to have it fixed quickly so I...
Soap time again!

Soap time again!

Starting in the morning (Monday, November 2nd) at 8:00 am EST, my little soap shop opens.  It is full to bursting – when we “open the doors” I fully expect soap and salves to explode right out those doors! You will find Elijah’s new invention...
Last Jewelweed Harvest

Last Jewelweed Harvest

We have rain predicted for the whole weekend with a drop of temperatures, so we took a trip down to the bottom of our mountain today to see if we could find any Jewelweed still in bloom.  I’ve made a lot of Jewelweed oil for soaps and salves but I needed to...
Roots & Seeds!

Roots & Seeds!

Are you gathering roots and seeds? Now’s the time! We’ve been saving seeds from our garden; squash, loofa gourd, tomato, tomatillo, mullein, comfrey, and more! We can save seeds from our garden because we plant heirloom varieties.  Each year we have...