Thursday, April 26, 2012

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #55

Happy Friday!
I hope you are having a wonderful week at your place. It's been an inspired week here.  This week I finally completed my herb garden and the last summer veggie garden seed starts.  I started a few birdhouse gourds and lots of flowers for my honey bee garden too.  
I managed to turn an accident in the greenhouse into good fortune.  I broke a branch off of one of my tomato plants.  Oops!  
Not to worry.  I put the branch in a vase of water and added some rooting hormone.  
Two days later... I have a new heirloom tomato plant, roots and all. Yippee.  
I am starting my third celery base in another container of water in the kitchen window.  It's amazing how fast they root without any help.  They plant into the garden well too.
I made my first homemade liquid hand soap.  I followed Amy Walker's recipe found HERE.  You can customize your soap by adding natural moisturizers or fragrances you enjoy.  I used glycerine bar soaps as my soap base. Two batches made me more than 2 & 1/2 gallons for about $1 per gallon. 
I am marinating my first batch of homemade citrus infused vinegar multi-purpose cleaner.  I am following the recipe HERE from Kristi's blog Let this Mind be in You Once I feel it has steeped long enough (it smells more like citrus than vinegar) I will remove the peels and strain the vinegar.  I am going to try a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle for household cleaning chores like kitchen counters, mirrors, floors, and tile. Thanks Kristi!  
I recently joined a local homestead group and tomorrow I am learning how to slaughter and butcher poultry.   Next Monday my Master Gardener class returns and next Tuesday I am attending my first local beekeeper meeting.  This spring I am learning so many new things and I am finally plugged in to a local community of people that share many of the same interests.  That is such a gratifying feeling.

That's what's been going on around here this week.  

What have YOU been working on???

Here are the rules for the Farmgirl/guy Friday Blog Hop!
1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals, quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
2). Leave your entry in the Mr. Linky space to your Farmgirl Friday post.

3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!


  1. Hey Heidi, I like what you have been up too...I have celery planted in box on my back porch...who knew it would grow like that? Love the Blog Hop'''

  2. I left off some of my comment, I did not know you could root the tomato like you have another plant good going. Master Gardening Class, beekeeping mercy...busy woman. Let me know how the orange/vinegar multi purpose cleaner works...I love the smell of orange.

  3. I've been working on knitting this week :) :) I linked up today. Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

  4. I am closing my urban meat chicken experience here next week. Blogged about it today. Thanks for letting me join the blog hop!