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last year’s lavender | DIY lavender bath salt soak

One good thing about the process of cleaning out and renovating a house is that you come across a lot of misplaced items that you had been searching for.  You also come across a lot of excess junk and unwanted items, and that sends you on a clean-out-and-simplify quest.  At least that is what it does to me!  Our kitchen is an empty room, as of last night.  We ordered our tile, tore down the old cabinets, and moved everything in the kitchen to either the living or dining room.  Everyday life becomes a little trickier to navigate, and finding what you need, at the moment you need it, is next to impossible.

I did manage to come across a bag of dried lavender from last season’s garden.  It was an unintentional find, but as soon as I opened the bag, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath, I knew that I had to capture the fragrance and make something…despite my kitchen being a complete disaster.  A sea salt soak sounded just about perfect, and it is so easy to make – no recipe needed.

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priming the plot

I just got back from an evening session of watering the newly planted vegetables and herbs at the garden plot.  Nighttime watering is relaxing, but it is definitely a one-way conversation with your plants, since you can’t see what is happening!  We are so excited about this year’s gardening plans.  Still going strong in plot 13 at Ellis Elementary School’s community garden, we planted 12 tomato plants there this spring, along with serrano peppers, spaghetti squash, carrots, radishes, basil, cilantro, acorn squash, Swiss chard, and fairytale eggplant.  All are organic, heirloom varieties from one of our favorite garden stores in Denver, Paulino Gardens.

Freshly planted veggies and herbs, nestled neatly in rows…this was about two weeks ago.

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