Easter was great. Easter Monday was a beautiful day. It’s been cold and rainy since then but the indoor seedlings are thriving, sending out their true leaves. Thanks to the good advice of my blogger friends, the Friariello di Napoli pepper seeds sprouted right up after placing the tray on the radiator for a few days.
The power company took down a big maple in my front yard. It’s a sad sight.
This morning, I made some bug repellant. Having had Lyme disease and living in a state where it has reached endemic proportions, I have to admit it scares me a bit. I take precautions. I don’t want to douse myself or my dogs with pesticides so I’ve been using something home made instead. I add 25 drops of rose geranium essential oil to 4 ounces of Jojoba and keep it in a dark, glass jar. I apply the mixture all over myself before getting into my gardening clothes. Other essential oils can be added but rose geranium is reputed to repel tics. Jojoba is a good carrier. It lasts longer than a water based carrier. It’s light, easily absorbed by the skin and has the benefits of being antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and offers nutritive benefits as well. It never goes rancid because technically it’s a wax, not an oil. After gardening, all my clothes go right into the washing machine. I immediately take a shower. It’s an annoying routine but better than getting Lyme disease again. So far so good!