UPDATED :Garden Spray Using Castile SoapΒ 

So I wanted a natural garden spray to repel bugs, etc so as per usual I decided a quick rundown of Pinterest was needed ( I have an addiction I’ll admit it) I found one that I suggest NOT using it says to use pepper flakes and it clogged my spray bottle I couldn’t get it unclogged WORST IDEA EVER. 

I decided on the next best thing cayenne pepper, a bit of garlic powder, and most say dish soap but I decided to try Castile soap instead I used Bronner’s Lavender Castile soap.

I did a half a teaspoon of the C pepper and Garlic then some Castile soap admittedly I really didn’t measure I did a few drops in the spray bottle then filled with water. ( of course later I looked and found a similar recipe on Pinterest hehe). 

I used a smaller spray bottle but a bigger one would yield more and you’d need probably a tablespoon of the garlic and CPepper long with the soap probably about a tablespoon as well. ( ugh I would have made more BUT those dang pepper flakes clogged the bigger one oh I’m still steaming!)  

Anyway I’m excited to use this spray on the garden. Very inexpensive and it will do what I need it to do.

UPDATE: I’ve had some clogging occur in the spray bottle with this mixture. I’m not totally sure what needs to be done or changed to keep this from happening. I thought about heating up the water in my tea maker then pouring into a bowl and mixing the garlic and cayenne pepper since it will be pretty hot. Then adding soap later it works so well on the plants I hate to even think about buying an organic pesticide at the store… I’ll figure this clog thing out 

-Alexis 

 

Working in the GardenΒ 

Our garden was very impromptu. Weather had not permitted us to plant in April as planned. I ended up being the one to start seedlings and get things going while the hubs had training. 

Anyway this year has proved to be the teacher when it comes to gardening. I’ve always been blessed with the green thumb, gardening comes easy for both my husband and me.

But sooner or later there was bound to be a place to test my skills and my sanity. Colorado has been that test and I can’t say I’m terribly upset. We’ve had hail- some plants took a serious beating from such. Lesson learned and next year we will plan accordingly. It’s all about budget for us really so I’m actually planning out the garden design for next year. 

Which will include something we can place over the garden to block that hail from damaging the plants. Along with that lesson we have also some soil that’s more clay-like ( we blended it) so I’ve made a point to aerate the soil by using an old fork to poke holes in the soil. This is something I’m not used to but when I saw how compacted the soil was I knew it was necessary. 

A green house is also a must. If I have a green house set up I can start seeds early, keep them safe and have more success. Herbs are going to be in the house I’ve decided. I can use them year round and I really like this idea I found on Pinterest my kitchen window is going to be utilized for sure! 

I’m even contemplating getting lettuce and spinach going I have two windows that can be used for plants. Spinach might do better in the house my chickens attacked it. Another lesson learned. I had to chase my ladies out of the garden. 

On that note I’m also pretty sure I’m going to start a chicken feed garden as well for them. 

My house may end up surrounded by plants galore but that’s alright with me! πŸ˜ƒ

My garden so far: 

 Yellow summer squash growing    
Bibb lettuce 


My beets     
The ladies roaming the yard 

 
 My little helper πŸ˜ƒ 

Herb Garden Window link is here and below is a picture of the pin. Definitely visit the website! It’s a wonderful idea! 
  
I guess that’s it for now πŸ˜ƒ

-Alexis 

Our Week So FarΒ 

So far this week we were a bit lazy Mon-Weds we just vegged and did a few chores. We did have to do some chicken chasing out of the garden boxes but nothing too strenuous.

I’m getting some crochet projects going like this blanket:    
We also made this awesome castle with munchkin’s wooden blocks 

 
Jimmy whipped up these awesome ladders leading into the coop. Before we had a pallet propped up. These are so MUCH better! Attached with chain you can lift them up when raking out the run. 

 

I need to work outside in the garden but not sure where to begin with it I want to start making walk ways around the garden boxes. Most likely will use pallet wood to create a walkway. 

So exciting right πŸ˜‰