I planted a couple of Lemon Balm plants last year in the garden and they didn’t do much but just establish themselves. This year they are taking off and will be offered in the baskets this week!
This Sleepy Time Elixir is fantastic. Our girl turned 3 years old a couple weeks ago and with that she started having nightmares. Poor thing is experiencing fear from who knows where and it is so hard for this momma to handle. To help my girl (and us) sleep better I made this delicious and effective syrup.
Lemon Balm Sleepy Time Elixir
- 1/2 – 2/3 cups lemon balm leaves
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup raw honey
Wash and remove lemon balm leaves from stem and put in a small sauce pot. Add 1 cup water.
Simmer with the lid partially off for about 10-12 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
Stain the leaves from the liquid and let cool for a few minutes.
While still warm but not hot, add 1/4 cup raw, local honey. Stir until dissolved.
Take a teaspoon before bed to induce a peaceful nights sleep. I like to add it to a cup of hot peppermint tea in the evening. Zzzzzzzzzzz
It is recommended that babies under 1 year of age should not have raw honey.
What a busy week we have had at Sweet Pea’s Garden! This beautiful spring weather has made for some lovely days to be out working at the farm so we took full advantage and got oodles accomplished.
The girls and Blackjack enjoying some sunshine
Planting in the garden
The new kids on the block getting checked out
Baby plants just transplanted
Our girls hard work
Beginning to construct the cold frame
Finally finished Penelope’s new repurposed playground
Each week Sweet Pea’s features an item from our garden or from another local business. This week’s surprise item in the baskets was this cute little bear filled with sweet, organic honey from Aloha Organic Fruit.
This small shop is located just down the road from Sweet Pea’s on G Road. This store is not your average farm store. Along with their own certified organic peaches they offer vegetables, cheese from pasture fed sheep and cows, Big B’s organic juices and cold drinks, organic jams, local honey, garden salsas, and fruit in a jar that you can enjoy year round. They even carry a selection of local hand-crafted high quality organic lavender products, and arts & crafts from regional artisans.
Aloha Organic Fruit is all about Colorado Proud, but they just can’t do without some of their favorite sweets and treats from Hawaii! They carry Kona coffee, teas, chocolates, tropical fruit juices, bottled water, jams & syrups, macadamia nuts and snacks. Hawaiian vintage shirts too!
This store is truly unique and special. If you are looking to treat yourself or find a unique gift for a friend, stop in when you are in Palisade!
Peach harvest has just begun! YUM!
I know this could seem like a silly subject, how to buy plants? Duh…. But I have been watching people for 15 years buy the wrong plants! Ok not the wrong plants, but plants in the wrong stage of their life.
I was just at a local garden center and watched people grab these huge overgrown, out bloomed, horrible plants and I wanted to shake them! So here is my opinion on how you should choose your plants from the garden center. You want to look for plants that fill the pot, and have nice white roots to the bottom and sides of the pot. Choose plants that have not bloomed yet or are just forming buds. Plants that are in full flower at the garden center will not flower very long for you once you get them home. When you plant a plant you want it to focus it’s energy on growing roots. If the plant is flowering it will put all it’s energy into the flowers. This is not ideal. When I’m planting something with buds or flowers I pinch them off. Especially vegetable plants! I saw broccoli plants at the garden center with little heads of broccoli on them and people thought it was the greatest thing. NO, NO, NO! This is when I want to shake them! Then I went into the tomato area and there are these huge tomato plants 3 feet high in 1 gallon pots that people were scooping up. MORE SHAKING! Large plants go through way more stress and usually will be set back weeks. They have also been growing at the greenhouse longer and are more likely to have pest and disease problems. You are so much better off buying a 2 1/2 inch pot or smaller. Plants in smaller pots adapt better to transplanting.Save your money and don’t buy those big plants. They are overgrown and will not make your garden nicer. I promise you! Did that turn into a lecture? I do that sometimes. But if you are guilty of buying huge, blooming plants, you NEEDED that!
pinching flowers off a pepper plant
buds on a tomato plant
What a year it has been in the Ferber household! Today our girl is a 1 year old! It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by. So many things happened this last year that have changed our lives. Life changing event #1: The birth of our daughter Penelope. No one can prepare you for how your life will change when you have a baby. It’s amazing and incredibly hard all at the same time. The first few months we were lost in baby land. We were teetering on insanity from lack of sleep, and overwhelmed with the responsibility of this precious little life. Amazed by her beauty and her incredibly loud farts. Here was this sweet little person with her daddy’s mouth, mommy’s eyes and wild blond hair that went in every which way. Our baby girl.
Through the baby fog, I had to prepare myself for going back to work. I had made arrangements to come back part-time for a couple of weeks to ease back into working and being away from Penelope. Life changing event #2: Three days before returning to work from maternity leave I get a voice mail from my boss saying that my position was no longer available. Having a baby during bedding plant season apparently had it’s costs, mine was my job. I cleaned out my office and said good-bye to a company that I had poured my heart and sweat into for 7 years. Jeremy and I suffered a series of mini heart attacks trying to figure out how in the world we would make ends meet.
After a lot of day dreaming, idea swapping and a lot of empty job searching, came life changing event #3: Starting my own business. There are a lot of pros and cons to being your own boss. Pros: You have is 100% freedom. The freedom to make your own choices, be your own boss, create and achieve your own dreams. Cons: It’s nice to leave work at the door. I think when you own your own business you never truly are “off” work. There are no paid holidays, no two weeks vacation, no paid health insurance, no retirement plan. But Horticulture has been my passion for 15 years now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at running my own gig. And so inspired by our daughter and with the support of my husband, Sweet Pea’s Garden was created.
And here we are today, one year from the day Penelope entered this world and changed our lives forever. This year I learned that you can love bigger than you ever could imagine, that being a mom is hard, and I’m not always going to be good at it. I learned that I am a control freak and I like the diapers folded a certain way, my way. I learned that babies make you mushy inside and out. I learned why moms always hang out with other moms. I learned letting go of a job isn’t as hard as I once thought. I learned creating a website is much harder than I thought! I learned I will always need my mommy. And I learned that my husband is an amazing dad and he is even more wonderful than I thought he was the day I said “I do”.
The Birthday Girl
day old baby chicks
I am a proud new momma of 22 baby chicks! Sweet, fluffy and full of spunk! There are 5 Ameraucana, 5 SilverLaced Wyandotte, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Stars, 2 Red Stars, and 2 Golden Comets. I am already in love with these little fluff balls. I started with just 16 and had to get a few more. I’m sure I have way too many now. I was lured in by their sweet chirping and the fluff!
Le Peep’s Place
I have waited several years for the chance to raise chickens. This year we finally decided to do it! We are a very busy family this year and have enough projects on the “to do” list so we opted to purchase a coop instead of build one ourselves. We ordered this chicken coop from Overholt Sheds in Delta, Colorado. We picked the 6′ X 12′ model and we got to choose the roof color. I of course chose blue. And we are so glad we didn’t try to build one. As handy as my husband and myself are we never could have built such a nice coop.
Penelope and Grammy watching the coop be unloaded.
Now we just need the baby chicks!
It happens every year about this time. We get a few warm days, the bulbs start to emerge, the grass starts to green up, and then WHAM! It snows. And of course it is snowing, it’s February! So here I sit, impatiently waiting for Spring.
Winter at Sweet Pea’s