Hello – I hope you are all home, safe and comfortable. I am here in Oregon and really not sure what to think about the world right now. I am thankful for simple daily activities that are keeping me balanced and busy. Simple self-care activities such as face washing or taking a bath are now moments of peace and calm. I am embracing The Mother Earth Living Magazine mission of being self sufficient, healthy and learning new skills. I have even found myself going through back issues. Remember the pollinator garden, Jessica Walliser showed us all last year in an old garbage can? Well mine has become more of an herb garden but I love the idea of reusing containers and creating garden spaces full of healthy plants, herbs and produce. My daughter and I just made a bunch of “newspaper pots” and planted them with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, and sunflowers (all her choices). It was a relaxing activity as we talked, played music and connected as we rolled and planted. We read on the seed packet that they should all germinate in 14 days – the same time that hopefully our “self quarantine” should be over. Be well, be healthy and know we are all in this together.
Here is one of my favorite bath soak recipes for you to make at home (it also makes a nice foot soak). Oh and if you want to make newspaper pots – I’ve included that info too. Thinking of you all – You are beautiful!!
Soothing Bath Salts
When times are stressful a good soak helps, calm both your mind and body. Using natural minerals and salts also help soothe tired bodies and help you sleep. Epsom Salts are a natural source of magnesium. If you do not have a bathtub you can use these salts as foot soak.
1 cup Epsom salts
1 /2 cup baking soda
1 /2 cup sea salt or kosher salt
3-4 drops essential oil of lavender
dried herbs & petals (optional)
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes in the evening before bedtime. If using as a foot soak just use half the amount of salts called for and fill a large tub or basin with warm water.
Yield: 16 ounces
Make your own newspaper pots
These simple pots work well for seed starting and they can be placed right in your garden when the chance of frost is over and your seedlings are ready to transplant. They are also a good activity for children of all ages.
Sheets of newspaper
Empty can with both ends removed or pvc pipe
A smaller can or wooden dowel
Tape or twine (optional)
Fold the newspaper lengthwise
Place the can near the top of the paper.
Roll the paper around the can.
Turn the can upside down and push all the loose ends of the paper inside the can.
Turn the can right side up and then, using a smaller can or wooden dowel, tamp down the newspaper inside the can to create a pot.
Remove the can.
You can secure the pot with a bit of twine or tape. I have not found that I need to do this if planting right away. I fill the soil and the pots seem to keep their shape.
Note: You can also recycle other household items such as toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, cans and paper cups to start your seeds in.