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Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Making your own homemade peppermint toothpaste couldn’t be easier!  It’s as simple as mixing 8 ingredients together and storing it in a jar.  This homemade peppermint toothpaste adds trace minerals to help re-mineralize your teeth and does NOT contain any fluoride.

How to Make Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Gather all ingredients and let them sit until they are room temperature.  Get a glass or ceramic bowl and mix all 8 ingredients together, pour into a glass jar for storage and use everyday.  To help your teeth stay white, make a whitening mouth rinse of water and hydrogen peroxide.  Combine an equal part of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and Water in a glass, swish around in your mouth for 1 minute then spit out; simple.

Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

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MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN A GLASS OR CERAMIC BOWL WITH A WOODEN SPOON.  (The Bentonite clay will absorb any metal or plastic).  Feel free to try other essential oils, other than peppermint.  Cinnamon is another great option to try!

Ingredients for Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste 

Mix Ingredients with a Wooden SpoonPour Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste into a jar to Store

 

Why I Make My Own Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

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Planning A Vegetable Garden

Planning a Vegetable Garden is the best part of the winter months. Rather than sulking indoors during the winter months, start imaging and planning your spring and summer garden. In January, the seed catalogs start arriving, and by February you should have picked out what you want to grow.  Creating a plan for your vegetable garden will make sure that everything you want to grow, you will have the available space and time. For a successful vegetable garden, you need a Garden Journal, Gardening Calendar, and finally a Visual Graph or Layout of your Gardening area.

Planning a Vegetable Garden

PLANNING A VEGETABLE GARDEN

Garden Journal:

Once you have chosen your seeds, use your garden journal (you can print your own copy at the bottom of the blog) Garden Journalto track each vegetable/berry/fruit tree, etc. on their own page.  Fill in all the information for the particular seed, how to sow it, care for it, etc.. There is a section for companions/enemies which is very helpful when drawing a garden layout, areas to record pests, harvest info. for tacking if if was successful, and when the seeds were planted indoors or outdoors.  

  • Detailed Garden Journal

 

Calendar:

Next step in planning a vegetable garden is to create a calendar. First determine you average last frost of the Spring and average first frost of the Fall and input them … READ MORE...

Grow Your Own Mushrooms

You have heard of a yule log during the Holidays, but how about a mushroom log to grow your own mushrooms?  Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Every year your family asks you what you want for Christmas, why not ask for a mushroom log so you can grown your own mushrooms !   You can explain that mushroom logs allow you to easily grow mushrooms at home within a few months.   There are a few companies that sell tree logs that have been injected with mushroom spores.  The mushroom varieties have included shiitake, button, etc.

This is exactly what I asked of my mom for Christmas and to my surprise, on Christmas Day, I opened up a present and it was indeed a shiitake mushroom log!  I think it was my favorite present this year!

How to Care for Your Mushroom Log

When you get your mushroom log you must soak it for 24 hours.  It is VERY important to use spring or distilled water, or in my case…melted snow.    You can’t use tap water because it has chlorine that will kill the mushroom spores.  (Luckily for me, it had snowed the night before and so I went outside and collected snow and melted it down.)    Soak Mushroom Log for 24 HoursUse a large tub to soak your wood and be sure to weigh it down to keep it … READ MORE...

Spiced Pumpkin Butter

I can’t make enough Spiced Pumpkin Butter, I use it in everything that plain old pumpkin puree can be used for because I like (LOVE) the added spice flavors.  I use pumpkin butter to make Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins, and Pumpkin Bread!

  • Start by making pumpkin puree from pie pumpkins or bigger jack o’lantern type pumpkins. Each year I find that I use a mixture of both because that is what I grew, had on hand, or got from the farmer’s markets.  If you have never made pumpkin puree before, follow the directions here: Processing Pie Pumpkins for Pumpkin Puree.

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  • The recipe that I use is Spiced Pumpkin Butter from The Better Homes & Garden book, Can It! on page 213.  
  • Making the puree is the most labor intensive part of the process, but once you have puree, the butter is SIMPLE to make.  It is as easy as gathering all the ingredients, throwing it into a crock pot and waiting a few hours for it to cook down to a thicker consistency, then can it and enjoy!   I cook it on high for about 3-4 hours, or until it gets a little thicker in consistency.  Once it reaches your desired thickness, pour it into some clean canning jars (leave 1/2″ headspace) and FREEZE.  
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Winter Cover Crop for Raised Beds

Winter Cover Crop in Raised Garden BedsFall harvest has come and gone, but the gardening work is not over.  After the garden beds are cleaned up…it’s time to plant a winter cover crop in your raised beds.   Cover crops grow during the fall/winter months, and are tilled under during the late winter/early spring in preparation for late spring or summer plantings. A winter cover crop is excellent at replacing nutrients and organic matter back into the soil after each gardening season. 

In Colorado, Zone 5, the best winter cover crop is a combination of winter rye and vetch.  Vetch replaces lost nitrogen in the garden bed, where the winter rye is great at adding organic matter.

Many companies sell either winter rye OR vetch, but Urban Farmer, sells a rye/vetch combo!  I was very excited that I could get the benefits from both the vetch and rye.  I purchased the 5lb bag, but only sowed a little over half the bag (so I have bunch for next year).

Winter Rye & Vetch Combo

Fall Planting

Planting a Winter Cover Crop in a Raised Bed

After receiving your chosen cover crop in the mail or from your local store, it’s time to plant it.   Late October seems to be the ideal time in Colorado to plant your winter cover crop. 

Prepare your raised garden beds by removing (and composting) any vegetables that won’t remain through the winter. Sprinkle the winter … READ MORE...