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NATURALLY March/April 2017

Natural Easter Egg Dye Spring Trend: Climbing Plants Sprouts: Delicious. Nutritious. Easy to Grow.

Be Centered

There’s something about spring that sets things into motion. The eruption of color and buzz in the air fills us with inspiration and renewed energy. Often, I find that energy turns into hurrying and scurrying in an attempt to get things done, but with no true purpose. What if we slowed down and centered ourselves so that we could appreciate the beauty of the season? Isaac Newton is quoted as saying, “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” Don’t we humans have a tendency to overcomplicate things? I find the more time I spend in nature, the more centered and focused I become. Working in the garden, walking the dogs on the farm or watching the baby animals at play inspires me to enjoy the simpler things in life. I think when we connect with nature, with something bigger than ourselves, we gain perspective. Let’s spend more time this spring with our hands in the dirt, lying in the grass and stretching in the sunshine, taking in the wonders of spring. What do you say?

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Table of Contents

Easter Egg Dye 8

Cleaning with Vinegar 12

Air-Purifyng House Plants 20

Growing Sprouts 28

Flourishing Flocks 38

Eucalyptus Oil 42

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natural Easter Egg Dye



Make coloring your Easter eggs even more fun with ingredients from the garden. It’s a great way for kids to connect with the environment and I find that the colors are softer and more pleasing than commercial egg dyes. Materials: Glass, ceramic or stainless steel pans (iron or tin will alter the color) 6 white eggs 4 cups vegetables OR 2 Tablespoons of spices (see color list below) 1 quart water 2 Tablespoons vinegar Empty egg carton for holding dyed eggs as they dry Colors: Orange: 2 Tablespoons paprika Light Blue: 4 cups chopped red cabbage Purple/Blue: 4 cups frozen blueberries Red: 4 cups red onion skins Pink: 4 cups chopped beets Green: 4 cups spinach Yellow: 4 cups orange or lemon peels OR 2 Tablespoons cumin Light Brown: 1 quart of strongly brewed coffee in place of water Steps: 1. Boil eggs for approximately 10 minutes and set aside to cool. 2. Boil 1 quart of water in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel saucepan. You will need a separate pan of water for each dye color. 3. Add the dye ingredients of your choice to the pan of boiling water. 4. Reduce the heat and simmer until water changes color. This will take about 15 to 30 minutes. 5. Strain the colored water into a bowl. 6. Vinegar helps the eggs absorb the color, so add 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to the colored water. 7. Place the boiled eggs in the colored water. Leave them to soak until the shells become the desired color. Remember to turn them occasionally for even coating. 8. Remove the eggs from the dye and place in an egg carton to air dry. 9. If you would like to eat the eggs, be sure to store them in the refrigerator.




Deviled Egg Salad I just love eggs any way I can get them, and the fresher, the better. It’s one of the great benefits of raising chickens at the farm. I’m always looking for something to make with them, and this is one of my favorite egg salad recipes. And it’s a great way to put those dyed Easter eggs to good use. 8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped 3 Tablespoons mayo 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard 1 Tablespoon capers, chopped Dash of garlic powder Dash of celery salt Dash of smoked paprika Pinch of salt Chopped chives and fresh cracked black pepper for garnish 1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. 2. Serve on toasted baguette pieces with chives and black pepper on top.


vinegar 10 uses for

I like to start the new season with clean

stuff and clean spaces, both inside and out. You probably have a stash of all kinds of cleaners for designated purposes, but I like to use vinegar as a fix-all because it’s a safe, inexpensive, all-natural household cleaner. There are so many things you can do with vinegar when it comes to cleaning up your house and garden apparatus, and it evaporates quickly so you don’t have to worry about your “clean” items smelling funky.



VINEGAR USES 1. Vinegar cleans glass beautifully. I use it for my coffee press when it starts to build a film. All you need is an old rag and some vinegar to clean kitchen appliances. It works wonders on gunky buildup. 2. My scissors tend to get a little sticky with all the different projects I use them for, but pure vinegar eliminates that problem immediately. 3. If we’re talking germs, think about that computer that you use every day. You can wipe off your keyboard and computer screen with vinegar and not only will it clean things up, it will also reduce dust and static. 4. As for that constant chore of cleaning blinds, it's a bit easier if you get an old sock, dip it in vinegar and just methodically wipe your hands across each of the blinds' blades. 5. I like to set aside one afternoon to take down all of the bird feeders and really wash them well. I use a cleaning solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. If getting a brush inside the feeder is difficult, I use a handful of rice to serve as an abrasive to clean the interior 6. When it’s time to freshen up the garden ponds at the farm, vinegar is my go-to for cleaning up those pump parts. 7. Use vinegar and water to sanitize your butcher block. Follow this up with an application of mineral oil. 8. A batch of lavender vinegar serves as an all-purpose cleaner. You need enough lavender leaves and flowers to fill a one-quart jar half full. Place lavender in the jar then fill with white vinegar. Screw on the lid and place the jar in a dark place for 4 weeks, shaking occasionally. Note that vinegar will react with metal so use a plastic lid or cover the jar in plastic before screwing on the metal lid. The vinegar does double duty as a facial toner or hair rinse when diluted in water (8 parts water to 1 part vinegar). 9. For a natural air freshener, keep it simple. In an 8-ounce spray bottle, put 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, add about 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like to use orange or lemon) and fill with distilled water. 10. I have a simple solution to get your windows clean and streak-free. In a spray bottle, pour ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Put the top on the bottle and give it a shake. Some people use newspaper or paper towels on their windows, but I have found coffee filters to be quite effective.




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Create beautiful Yet Edible Spaces At P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm, you can’t help but notice how much passion and care goes into creating beautiful outdoor spaces in harmony with nature. As a third generation nurseryman, Allen’s love of growing plants goes hand-in-hand with his commitment to conservation. He educates and inspires others to grow gardens of their own, no matter how big or small. Allen encourages fellow gardeners to grow plants in a way that supports a sustainable lifestyle by using varieties from his Platinum Collection, which attract pollinators to the garden. When growing your own food, a diversified garden is best especially if space is limited. Flowers are more than pretty faces. Planting pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom all season, along with edibles in a garden, will help both your cool season and warm season crops produce a greater yield.

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“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” ― Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


While spring cleaning, don’t forget about what you can’t see—your air. Since many of us spend most of our time indoors, it’s important to offset the junk we breathe in. By placing certain plants in your home or office, you’ll be taking in better air in no time. "Oxygen bombs" are houseplants that help remove toxic air pollutants from industrial chemicals used to manufacture building materials and numerous household cleaners that may contain formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, acetone and ethyl acetate. The plant leaves actually absorb these pollutants and convert them to harmless substances. As a bonus, they do double duty by beautifying your space. In 80 square meters of space, you’ll need 3 to 4 plants. Make sure there’s one in your bedroom since you spend plenty of time in there sleeping. 20


Green Air-Purifying Machines

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna

Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

sefritzii) – bright filtered or indirect

Loa’) - indirect to bright light, high

– full light with shade from hot sun,

light, water sparingly in winter,

humidity, minimum temperature

water sparingly in winter, moderate

neutral to acidic soil, minimum

59 degrees F

humidity, minimum temperature

temperature of 61 degrees F

55 degrees F

English Ivy (Hedera helix) – bright

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta) -

indirect to low light, keep moist,

– requires bright light, excellent

bright filtered light, mist daily in

grow as a topiary or in a hanging

drainage, plant crown 1/2 inch

summer, water sparingly in winter,

basket, hardy zones 5 through 10

above surface of soil, keep the

support stems with moss pole,

old leaves picked off, minimum

minimum temperature 59 degrees F

temperature 60 degrees F 21


Climbing plants are taking over people’s homes, almost literally. Plant them in a hanging pot or train the vines to climb around windows, door frames and along bookshelves or other furniture. They’re easy to grow and add whimsy to a home or office. Be sure to not overwater these plants. Water only when the soil is completely dry. Should you need to transplant your climbers, increase the container by two sizes and repot in the spring. I recommend that you occasionally prune the vines so they don’t get out of control.

Climbing plant

Image: IVY MUSE | Styling by Alana Langan / Photography by Annette O’Brien



Hanging Plants Succulents

Air Plants

Image: IVY MUSE | Styling by Alana Langan Photography by Annette O’Brien



Tropical Palms


Air Plants

Image: IVY MUSE | Styling by Alana Langan / Photography by Annette O’Brien



air plants

How to care for

What’s not to love about these fun, whimsical plants? Air plants, known as Tillandsia, are popular right now, especially among urban dwellers and first-time plant growers. They are low-maintenance and require very little care. Not to mention, there’s no limit on fun ways to display them! Our friends at The Horticult have some great tips on taking care of your tillies. Click here.



sprouting Nutrition: Grow these superfoods at home

If you’re not the “get your hands dirty” type, you can still grow nutritious food indoors. Sprouts are so versatile and easy to grow. I like to make a breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, avocado and sprouts. They’re also great on salads and tossed in stir-fries. Sprouts are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re a low-calorie, fat-free food jam packed with amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Broccoli sprouts, just like broccoli, contain special cancer-fighting phytochemicals. But if broccoli isn’t one of your favorite vegetables, try the sprouts. A tablespoon of sprouts contains as much of these beneficial nutrients as found in a whole pound of broccoli! There are so many types of sprouts to try—alfalfa, clover, radish, sunflower, lentil, soybean and mung bean. Mild sprouts like alfalfa with their sweet and nutty flavor are great on sandwiches. I like to use spicy radish sprouts to add some zip to salads. Each type of sprout has a unique taste, so try them all and find your favorites. Growing your own sprouts requires three simple steps—soaking, draining and rinsing. All you’ll need is light, water, a few seeds, a jar and some cheesecloth. 28


Materials: - 2 Tablespoons high quality, untreated seeds - Quart-sized mason jar - Cheese cloth - Water - Rubber band

Directions: Remove any damaged or split seeds and rinse the remainder in lukewarm water. Now you are ready to soak the seeds. Depending on the size and density of your seed selection, you should soak them from 3 to 8 hours. Small varieties like alfalfa take less time than something large like a mung bean. Many sources recommend that you soak the seeds overnight, which can be more convenient if you don’t want to watch the clock. Place the seeds in a sterilized, quart mason jar and add lukewarm water at a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part seeds. Set aside to soak. After soaking the seeds you are ready to drain off the soak water, which is actually quite nutritious. You can use it to make soups, tea or even as a healthy tonic for your plants. To easily drain the water from the jar you can buy special sprouting jars with a metal mesh top, but I just secure a little cheese cloth to the mason jar using a rubber band. Rinse the seeds. Without removing the cheese cloth, add fresh, lukewarm water to the jar. Swirl gently and drain. Remove the cheese cloth and discard any loose hulls. Replace the cheese cloth with a fresh piece, secure with the rubber band and set your jar in a dark place propped at a slight angle. You will need to rinse and drain the seeds every morning and evening for several days. Be careful not to break the tender shoots during the process as this will cause the seeds to spoil. Use cold water for your final rinse.

After four or five days you will have mature sprouts, although they will be a little pale. Just set them in indirect light and they will turn green within a few hours as chlorophyll production increases. To remove any lingering hulls gently wash the sprouts in a large bowl of cold water. Allow your sprouts to dry after the final rinse, then refrigerate them. If your sprouts are not as dry as you would like or warm when it’s time to put them in the fridge, place them in a container that allows them to breathe a bit. Once they are cool and dry, you can seal them in a new bag or container.




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Perfect thyme-ing

Growing thyme in containers allows you to reproduce the well-drained soil conditions of the Mediterranean slopes where it grows wild. Since the soil in my garden is largely heavy clay I have to use caution when planting anything that requires good drainage. Even a plant as durable as thyme can be a total bust if I don’t set the plant up for success by amending the

Is there anything that can’t be made better with a little

soil with plenty of sand and pea gravel to minimize

thyme? There are so many uses for this herb, and not

the effects of excessive moisture. Thyme is evergreen

just in the kitchen.

in most zones, but when it really gets cold I try to cover the plants with frost blankets to preserve the

Thyme is easy to grow in the garden or a container. I

foliage and help the plant winter over.

recommend starting with a planting or a cutting from a friend. It should go into the ground a couple of weeks

The more thyme you use, the more it grows. When

before the last frost, when the soil is around 70˚F.

cutting it, be sure to leave at least five inches of

Thyme thrives in the sun and requires little water after

growth so the plant can flourish.

the initial watering. You may want to place thyme next to rosemary since their needs are the same.

Thyme leaves can be used fresh or dried. You can even freeze them with water in ice cube trays to use in soup and stews throughout the year.



USE YOUR THYME WISELY: 1. Infuse your honey, honey! The process is simple. Place the thyme at the bottom of a jar. Pour the honey over the thyme and seal the jar. Taste the honey after a few days until it’s to your liking. Then strain your honey and throw away the thyme. Thyme-infused honey is wonderful in marinades and desserts. I like to put some in my iced tea for a little extra flavor. 2. Flavor your olive oil. I love using flavored olive oils in salad dressing. I take a few springs of fresh thyme, bruise them with a spoon and place them in a glass bottle. Then add 1 Tablespoon of fresh peppercorns and 2 Tablespoons of dried lemon rind. Pour a high

3. Knock out cold symptoms. Thyme is known to help relieve congestion and calm coughing spasms. For a little steam therapy, fill a heat-proof pot or bowl with some just-boiled water and stir in 2 spoons of fresh or dried thyme. Lean over the vessel, drape a towel over your head to create a sort of “steam tent” and breathe in the vapors for up to 10 minutes. 4. Soothe your skin. Thyme oil's antiseptic properties can help clear up acne. It also works well to relieve itching and razor burn. 5. Keep bugs at bay. Rub thyme oil on your skin to fight off mosquitoes.

quality olive oil over the ingredients to fill the bottle. Seal the bottle and store for two weeks before using.


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Coffee & Cocoa Bison Sirloin Steak There are all kinds of rubs out there for steaks. This one has a little zing to it because it’s made using coffee. And not just any coffee—Westrock Coffee. It tastes so darn good, but what’s even better is I feel good using it. Westrock Coffee is an Arkansas-based brand that works with small farmers around the world to create an ethically-sourced product. 4 bison sirloin steaks (or steak of your choice)

½ Tablespoon coffee, finely ground

3 ounces olive oil

½ teaspoon chili powder

2 Tablespoons salt

½ teaspoon coriander

1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic, granulated

½ Tablespoon cocoa powder

½ teaspoon onion, granulated

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. Combine all spices, coffee and cocoa in a medium size bowl. 3. Preheat a cast iron pan over high heat. Brush each side of the steaks with olive oil. 4. Rub 2 Tablespoons of the coffee rub onto each side of the steak. 5. Sear the steak, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. 6. Insert cast iron pan in oven. 7. Cook to desired doneness. 8. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.




As a kid, my grandparents on both sides of the family always had chickens. I thought they were so cool, so I started raising some of my own. At night, I would go outside and, with the help of my brother, build little cages for them. When it was time for a poultry show, my mom would load the station wagon down with my birds and off we’d go! I really consider chickens part of our green initiative at the farm and now we have a whole village of them. To keep them happy, it’s important to keep them healthy. Lisa Steele, author and fifth generation chicken keeper, who I like to call the “chicken homeopath,” shared with me how she keeps her flock antibiotic-free. By adding a few simple ingredients to water and feed, you too can keep your birds in tip-top shape. For immune and digestive system support, add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one clove of garlic per gallon of water. Do this two to three times a week. The rest of the time, give your chickens plain water. An added benefit of the garlic is it helps keep away mites and lice. For feeding, layer a gallon of feed with a half-cup each of garlic powder, probiotics and food-grade diatomaceous earth. The probiotics boost the birds’ digestive health and helps them absorb nutrients. The diatomaceous earth not only adds nutrients, but also helps to keep bugs out of the feed. These natural solutions will work for chickens of all ages and will keep them thriving all year-round.



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eucalyptus : The Essential Oil of Spring Cleaning by Jennifer Burcke 42


Eucalyptus essential oil is a powerful antiseptic. It’s harvested from the fresh leaves of the evergreen eucalyptus tree, native to Australia. The main active ingredient is cineole, also called eucalyptol, which gives the oil its distinct aroma. The scent is unique and quite powerful. Eucalyptol is often used medicinally in over-the-counter inhalers, liniments, decongestants and mouthwashes. In the kitchen, I use eucalyptus oil in my homemade scrub for cleaning the kitchen sink and the wood balm I make to condition our butcher block countertops. In the bathroom, I use eucalyptus oil to clean the sinks and bathtubs, leaving them sparkling clean without any harsh chemicals. To replace chemically-laden dryer sheets and fabric softener, I apply eucalyptus oil to my handmade wool dryer balls. I place a single drop of eucalyptus oil and a drop or two of lavender oil on the balls, which tumble with our laundry leaving everything smelling fresh and clean. I also use eucalyptus oil to remove those pesky price stickers from new treasures I’ve brought home. Apply a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to saturate the adhesive, which should allow you to remove the label without damaging the surface beneath it. When it comes to eucalyptus oil, a little goes a long way. A few drops can fill an entire room with a fresh, clean scent reminiscent of peppermint mixed with spicy pine. Once you discover how useful this powerful oil is, you’ll find that it can be used in many creative ways in your home.



1. Place the beeswax and coconut oil in the container of your

I use this conditioning balm on the

choosing. Grating or chopping the beeswax will hasten its melting.

butcher block countertops, which leaves

2. Place the glass jar in the top of a double boiler to prevent the

them looking beautiful without leaving

container from making direct contact with the heating element.

behind an oily residue.

3. Bring the water in the bottom of the double boiler to a simmer. 4. As the wax and oil begin to melt, use a PopsicleÂŽ stick, bamboo

I also make a version of this balm without

skewer or the handle of a wooden kitchen spoon to stir gently.

any essential oils to keep our wooden

5. When the mixture is completely melted, remove the jar carefully

cutting boards, spoons and other wooden

from the heat. Add the essential oils and stir to combine.

cooking implements conditioned without

6. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, at which point it

adding any scent or flavor to our

will be semi-solid.

favorite recipes.

7. When the mixture has cooled completely, cover the jar with a lid for long-term storage.

1 ounce beeswax

(approximately 2 Tablespoons, grated)

To use the balm, dip a piece of dry cloth or tea towel into the jar

2 ounces coconut oil (4 Tablespoons)

and apply the balm liberally to the wood surface, working it into the

4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

wood before using a dry cloth to buff the surface. Apply as needed

2 drops lemongrass essential oil

or once a month.

Half-pint mason jar or glass or tin container

of your choice




1 pound box baking soda

Our white farmhouse kitchen sink is

2-4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

prone to showing signs of whatever has been washed in it, leaving it

1. Transfer the contents of a 16-ounce box of baking soda

anything but gleaming white. The

to the container of your choice. I use a plastic container

baking soda removes the day’s grime

with a shaker style top, making it easy to add the powder to

for a sparkling clean, and the scent of

sinks or tubs liberally without accidentally using too much.

the eucalyptus freshens the kitchen.

2. Add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to the container, replace

The same goes for the bathroom tubs.

the lid and shake to distribute the essential oil.

I find that the baking soda needs

Use this scrub as needed. In the bathroom, I use a sponge

very little essential oil to be deeply

to work the scrub in liberally to the surfaces of the sinks

scented. You can use your favorite

and tub before rinsing it clean. In the kitchen, I use half of a

essential oil or combination of oils to

fresh lemon to work the scrub into the bottom and sides of

scent your scrub, adding the oil a few

the sink. The acidity from the lemon causes the baking soda

drops at a time until it is scented to

to bubble up gently. Rinse off the scrub for a clean sink and

your liking.

fresh-smelling kitchen.

Jennifer spends her days living and writing at 1840 Farm with three generations of her family and their dogs, chickens, ducks, goats and rabbit. She loves to create homegrown recipes in their farmhouse kitchen and dream up new handmade products for their Etsy Shop. You can follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Instagram and enjoy a collection of homemade recipes on their blog.






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MEET twinkle

Twinkle is living up to her name by being the “star” of the barnyard. She is very social and loves attention from humans and her farm friends. She’s especially friendly to anyone who has a snack on hand! When she’s not running around with friends looking for adventure, you’ll find Twinkle napping in the sun.

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