Revival

Dedicated to reviving the lost art of self-reliance.

This week I did more than build a beehive :) August 31, 2012

Filed under: Gardening — revivalnatural @ 10:21 pm

http://www.youtube.com/user/growingyourgreens?feature=relchannel

This guy, John ( a.k.a. growingyourgreens on youtube), recommended this place for heirloom seeds in one of his videos.

http://www.bountifulgardens.org/

I decided to check them out and ordered:

BFSP-8610 Butterfly Mix, Special Purpose Wildflower Mix

FSP-8630 Hummingbird Mix, Special Purpose Wildflower Mix

FSP-8650 Wildflower Mix, Super Low-Growing

MCU-6320 Flower, Cuting Flowers Mix

MTO-6450 Tomato Mix

LPE-6732 Permaculture Collection

They also have a beneficial insect flower mix but I didn’t see it until after I had placed my order.

He also mentioned http://rareseeds.com/  and I have a catalog coming but haven’t ordered from them yet.

I also ordered Giant Italian Tree Tomato seeds after seeing an amazing picture of one on facebook.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/221106785389?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_1903wt_1271

I plan on ordering more seeds but have not decided on which varieties of everything just yet.  Most of the permaculture collection can be started now and I plan on getting some of the wildflowers going as soon as they get here.  My little clearing in the rear of the property is going to become a wildflower meadow for the honeybees that will inhabit my hive.  There is so much to do between now and spring.  In this part of South Carolina spring planting starts in March and I will be starting seeds inside as early as January.  I do not have a single bed constructed but as the weather cools off I will be able to get much more work done.  I hope I can get some work done over the holiday weekend without battling extreme heat or extreme rain.

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Organic Beekeeping Group

Filed under: Bees,Gardening — revivalnatural @ 9:39 pm

Organic Beekeeping Group

 

Vanishing of the Bees

Filed under: Bees,Gardening — revivalnatural @ 9:38 pm

Vanishing of the Bees

 

How to Make a Skin-Nourishing Herbal Salve

Filed under: Bees,Gardening,Natural Healing — revivalnatural @ 2:35 pm

herban lifestyle

If you have a yard, chances are you are growing the ingredients for a skin soothing herbal infusion without even trying! Plantain (Plantago major) is considered a weed, but it also contains natural constituents that are wonderful for your skin. Violet (Viola odorata) leaves are in the same category (not to mention that the flowers are delicious in salads or syrups!).

Violet is moisturizing, toning, healing, and great for sore nipples. Plantain is good for eczema, acne, minor cuts, stings, insect bites, poison ivy itch, and diaper rash.

The basis of a skin-nourishing herbal salve is an herbal oil infusion. Gather about 4 cups of plantain and violet leaves, making sure to choose ones that are fresh and green looking, with no major brown spots, rotten areas, or major insect damage. And make sure that they have not been sprayed with chemicals of any kind.

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Homemade sunburn cream

Filed under: Bees,Natural Healing — revivalnatural @ 1:07 pm

Ingredients:

3-4 inch piece off an aloe vera plant, slice open and scrape the gel from inside. You will be using the gel and get rid of the skin. You can substitute 1 Tbsp of pure aloe gel if you do not have an aloe plant.

1 Tbsp coconut oil(unrefined, organic if you can find it), warm enough to be liquid(goes liquid around 76 F)

1 tsp raw honey
10 drops lavender essential oil
Directions:
Whip aloe, coconut oil, and honey together in a small glass bowl with a small whisk.  Add in Lavender EO and stir.  Cover entire area of burn liberally.  To store for later use put a cover over it (plastic wrap would do) and set it in the fridge.  Use within a week.  This does wonders for a sunburn or any other minor burn.
 

Almost finished August 29, 2012

Filed under: Bees,Construction,Gardening,Life's Little Riches — revivalnatural @ 7:57 pm

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If you go into the blog homepage there are more pictures and you can see the progress.  In this picture it has a fresh coat of tung oil.  Unfortunately it is raining already now.  I have the hive under the umbrella on the patio.  It was still tacky when it started raining.  I’m not sure what the effect on the finish will be so wish me luck 🙂

 

Tbh gets legs

Filed under: Bees,Construction,Gardening,Life's Little Riches — revivalnatural @ 5:47 pm

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Here are the legs for my top bar hive.

 

 
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