Jan 15

Farmstand Soaps

Your skin is your largest organ. Take good care of it with Gardening Jones' Seed to Soaps featuring products from their organic gardens.

 

Sorry, we currently have only a few soaps in our inventory. If you need something, please PM me on Facebook and I can let you know what we have.

This is where we first got started, making soaps that include organic ingredients from our gardens. If we cannot grow it, we buy organic.

Read more about the ingredients we use.
Soaps are 3.5-4 oz. each and allowed to air dry to remove excess moisture. This helps the bars last longer.

 

Lavender
Organically grown lavender from our gardens is dried and ground to help scent this soap. Additional essential oil is added. This is a wonderful bar to add to a pajama drawer or linen closet after it gets small, to help keep fabric smelling great. Slight tint added.

Cucumber & Cream
Fresh organically grown cucumbers act as a mild astringent and together with milk have been used for centuries to improve the complexion. Fruit Fresh is added to keep the cucumber fresh and has the additional benefit of Vitamin C. This soap is naturally tinted and has a Cucumber-Kiwi scent.

Carrot Ginger
Naturally occurring beta carotene acts as an anti-oxidant in this soap, and together with vitamin A can help draw out the bad and promote healing to improve your skin’s health. Also contains Lime Juice and the natural ingredients in Fruit Fresh, which adds Vitamin C to the mix. A wee bit of Ginger has been reputed to lift the spirit. Tinted by organically grown carrots, scented with Ginger-Lime.

Coffee
Made from freshly ground coffee beans with no added scent, Coffee Soap will not only wake you up it will remove unwanted odors as well as dirt & grass stains from your skin. One customer swears it helped prevent poison ivy as well.

Citrus Lemongrass
Made with homemade orange zest and fresh lemon juice, with a wee bit of Lemongrass essential oil added. The naturally occurring Vitamin C acts as a skin tightener.

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Jan 14

Lotions, Scrubs, & Salves

Gardening Jones shares some great buys on Bath and Body inspired lotions, as well as homemade products.

We’ve gotten our hands on some lotions that are inspired by the wonderful scents from Bath and Body. Our bulk purchase allows us to pass the savings on to you.

We’re offering 8 oz. green plastic pump bottles for just $5.00 each. Really. We currently have 3 scents to choose from:

Scent :

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Homemade Skin Salve

We combine cocoa butter with white bees wax, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and essential oils to make a salve perfect for dry, cracked skin. Right now we are only offering it in the 2 oz. size.

Essential Oil :

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No-Rinse Hand Soap

We cannot say this is an anti-bacterial soap due to labeling laws. What we can say is it isn’t 80% alcohol like most of those. Instead, it’s a great balance of vegetable glycerin, essential oils, with a wee splash of witch hazel. All of which by themselves are reputed to kill bacteria. Enough water is added so no rinse is needed.

This is a 2 or 4 oz. spray bottle. The picture helps to indicate size, bar soaps not included.
Gardening Jones shares her homemade bath products. Better for your skin, better for your wallet.

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4 oz. Choose Essential Oil :

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Salt Scrub

We combine both Himalayan Sea Salt, Kosher Salt, and Coarse Sea Salt with organic Coconut Oil & Sweet Almond Oil for a scrub that is both detoxifying and moisturizing as it removes dry, dead skin.

Choose an essential oil listed, or if you prefer one of our fragrance scents, just let us know. 4 oz.

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Jan 13

Just for The Hims

Gardening Jones offers a variety of handmade bath products just for the men.

Whether he is sporting a well cared for beard, a sweet ‘stash, or is as smooth as a baby’s butt, we’ve got something to help.

Our shaving soaps and oils use only cruelty-free, natural products. You can choose from fabulous essential oils or wonderful fragrances. All colorants are natural micas.

As with all orders, there is a $3 base shipping fee, then $1 more per item to cover the actual cost. If ever you pay even a dollar more than it cost us, we will issue you a refund. We love doing this and although we like to make money as well, we get the added benefit of feeling good that we can offer you something better for less of your hard-earned cash.

Shaving Cakes

Our cakes weigh aprox. 1.5 oz. each and are just the right size for an average coffee or shaving mug. Mandolin Jones has tested them out himself, and says it is “a much smoother shave and better lather than what I was using.” P. Harrington wrote about her man’s opinion “He loves them!”

Choose from fragrance oils: Bay Rum, Roasted Oatmeal Stout, Pale Honey Ale, and our latest Naked Cowboy (Leather, Cedar, Cucumber, & Kiwi.)
Or try the essential oils: Orange, Lemongrass, Spearmint, and Frankincense.

Scent :

Essential Oil :

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Pre-shave Oil

We combine castor oil with organic olive oil to help make shaving smoother, and to also take the edge off heavy beards. Again, you can choose from fragrance and essential oils. 4 oz. bottles.

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Beard Oil

Happily beards and staches are back in fashion; but they do need to be taken care of. Our Beard Oil smells wonderful on its own with a combination of Jojoba, Hemp Seed, Tea Tree, Orange and Peppermint oils. If you prefer, we can add more mint or more orange for you. Just work the oil into your facial hair to naturally put back what washing strips away. Groom and style as you would normally. 4 oz.

Scent :

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Jun 05

The European Corn Borer

Gardening Jones shares what she has learned about the European Corn Borer.

If your potato plants look like this, you have a visitor.

It seems each new year brings another pest to the garden. It’s more of an entomology class sometimes than one in botany.

So when I found just 2 of the potatoes looking like this, I did some research. Apparently the larva of this particular moth likes taters just as much as corn, and in these parts the corn isn’t nearly big enough when the larvae are ready to bore.

So here’s how they do it: A larva can overwinter in spent plants or even in a cocoon of sorts, and comes out in early spring to grow into a male or a female egg laying moth. Once the larva hatches out of the egg, the whole process begins again, this time when the corn is ready.

Gardening Jones shares what she has learned about the European Corn Borer.

So although I only found 2 damaged potato plants out of about 8 dozen, critters like this can multiply rapidly. So I dusted the beds with DE, as you can see here, because that’s what I had on hand. I may also pick up some Bt, just to play it safe. I’m concerned in part because the corn bed is not very far away, and the adult moths would have no problem finding it. Seriously, they could walk there. In the picture above the corn bed is just to the right and in between the 2 potato beds.

I’m also troubled because they attack so many of the crops we have planted. I listed some below and added a link for more.

So I will keep an eye out for the moths and be diligent in looking for their eggs. I have nothing against bugs, but I figure since we live in the country they have plenty of other opportunities to thrive outside my garden.

In fact, outside the garden they are rather attractive to see.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Binomial name: Ostrinia nubilalis
Description: Irregular egg clusters usually on the underside of leaves, pale hairless larva, adult is yellowish brown wavy wing markings, about 1″ with the same wingspan.
Plants affected: Corn, potatoes, peppers, beans and more.
Predators: Green lacewings, Downy woodpeckers, Ladybugs.

Apr 01

12 Varieties of Swiss Chard

When most gardeners think of Swiss Chard, also called Silverbeet among other common names, they think of 2 varieties:

The everyday Swiss Chard, white stems with green leaves, and the Bright or Neon Lights which boasts a variety of colors.

Gardening Jones looks at 12 varieties of Swiss Chard.

There are more than that and I would bet, more to come. For now, here’s a few to consider:

Variety Stem Colors Note
Green Lucullus White Stems Green Leaves
Neon Lights Blend Red Orange Yellow Pink Equal parts of each
Orange Fantasia Awesome orange variety
Flamingo Pinkish Red with red veins
Fordhook Giant Green leaves White stems Savoyed Leaves
Bright Lights Blend White Pink Gold Orange Purple Red Leaves vary Green or Bronze AAS Winner
Magenta Sunset Pink stems and veins Stems are narrow
Bright Yellow Yellow stems and veins Deep Green leaves
Oriole Golden Orange Stems get brighter as they grow Deep green leaves
Ruby Red/Rhubarb Candy Apple Red Stems Babies may bolt if frost occurs
Peppermint (pictured) Pink & White striped stems Dark Green leaves
Barese White with Green leaves grown for great tender leaves

There is also a variety called Perpetual Spinach, if you are looking for more of a spinach taste and don’t care about the stalks.

DTM on these are all about the same, 60 days full grown for bunching, 4 weeks baby leaves.

Some information is from experience with seeds purchased through Mike the Gardener, Burpee’s, and Bohan Seeds. Additional info reprinted with permission from Johnny’s Select Seeds.

Mar 13

Spider Mites

We don’t really have the light for growing houseplants in the Jones’ household, therefore they don’t thrive well here. Most of the windows are small and we’re surrounded by a lot of wooded area.

I pretty much gave up trying to keep houseplants alive.

But that’s okay, because all but one of our houseplants are really food plants. The exception being a Valentine’s Day gift of a bonsai tree. All these plants need to do is make it through the winter, and they’ll be back where they are happiest.

So it was about a month or more ago that both the Meyer lemon tree and the Clementine began losing leaves. I figured it was from being indoors over the winter, and since spring was just around the corner, all would soon be well.

Then I noticed the same thing happening to a pepper I grew from seed. Hmmm.

Upon closer inspection, I saw this:

Gardening Jones shares her experience dealing with spider mites.

Spider Mites weave tiny webs.

And this:

Gardening Jones shares her experience dealing with spider mites.

By the time you see the web, they are happily reproducing.

It was also on the citrus plants.

I gave it a good treatment of diluted Neem oil with a little added dish soap. Then I waited and watched.

About 2 weeks later I saw a couple more webs, so gave them another dose.

Now it has been another few weeks, and it looks like we’re in the clear. Both trees and the pepper plant have a lot of new growth.

Gardening Jones shares her experience dealing with spider mites.

New growth at every junction.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Spider mites are often on outdoor plants, but are usually kept at bay by predators and the weather.

2. They can however hatch indoors when they are brought inside.

3. They will suck the life out of a plant’s leaves.

4. They are way tiny and by the time you see their webs, they are already doing damage.

So, note to self: Treat plants before they are brought indoors in the fall.

Have you ever dealt with spider mites?

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