Sunday, April 24, 2016

Three Easy Methods to Kill Leaf Miners with Neem Oil and Soap

The most consistent pests we have in our garden are leaf miners, the larvae of moths that lay their eggs on the underside of leaves. Every few weeks, we treat the plants with neem oil in a couple different ways to eliminate leaf miners. You can choose the way that is most convenient to you. The first method is to put some castile soap shreds into a spray bottle and add neem oil to make a thick bi-layer. Then shake up the solution and spray. The neem spray method is also a good way to deter Tomato Horn Worms. The second method is to put one of our neem-olive oil soaps in a soap saver bag and gently wash the leaves with the soap saver.

The third way is to put a layer of neem oil in a jar with castile soap and water and us a paint brush to apply the solution. Stir up the neem well so that the soap disperses the neem bilayer into the solution. This is a good method for kids who want to help out in the garden, because it trains them to look carefully at the plants and conserves the neem solution. It takes a few days of regular treatment to eliminate the leaf miners. You know you can stop when the infested area turns brown and dries to a crisp. The plants below were treated by my kids with the paint brush method.

Leaf miner infested Tomato leaf before and after Neem- Soap treatment.

Leaf miner in Holy Basil leaf before treatment and after treatment.

Neem oil is one of the components of our Gardner's Gift Set. Be sure to check it out here. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Three New Vegan Friendly Formulas

We have recently modified three of our long time formulas to make them vegan. We have thoroughly tested the new formulas and feel they are equal to or better than the previously recipes. First, our Sesame Aloe shampoo bar (above). This shampoo is specially formulated for those with very dry, flaky or sensitive scalp. The lather is a bit milder than our other shampoo bars, but it is still big compared to a body soap an other "shampoo bars" we have tried from other companies. It gets the job done with no SLS or synthetic ingredients. 

Next we have had requests to increase the Frankincense concentration in our Frankincense and Myrrh Solid Perfume recipe. This solid perfume now has a higher ratio of Frankincense to Myrrh, and also includes Candelilla Wax instead of Beeswax.

Lastly, we shortened the tongue twisting Lavender Tea Tree Eucalyptus Lip balm to "Tea Tree Eucalpytus Lip Balm." There is still Lavender in this recipe together with menthol to sooth and cool blistered and sore lips. We have replaced the beeswax from the former recipe with Candelila wax and Castor oil, which helps the lips retain moisture. Our lip balm line is now 100% vegan friendly.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival April 2nd in DeLand

The Florida Wildlfower and Garden Fest is happening 
April 2, 2016 9:00am-3:00pm Rain or Shine
West Indiana Ave., Downtown DeLand 

We are not vending, but we will be there to enjoy the lectures and plants. 
Check out the full schedule here.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Coupon For a Free Lavender Patchouli Hemp Oil Soap - New Hard Water Friendly Formula

We reformulated our Lavender Patchouli Hemp Shampoo Bars so that they work better for people with hard water (tested at 21 grains/gallon). The formula is very similar to our Aloe shampoo bars. You can use it as a shampoo or as a body bar unless you have dry skin. It is scented with Lavender and Patchouli essential oils and colored naturally with Rhassoul clay. You can use the coupon code "NaturalHair" for a free Lavender Patchouli shampoo bar with orders $35 and up at Aquarian Bath or in our Etsy store, through April 30th or until we run out. One per customer please.