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Saturday, April 23, 2011
This is the time of year where I begin to get very excited. Why? Because I can finally get outside and into the garden. Even though I realize that I have an overwhelming amount of work to do trimming and weeding, it's yet energizing and refreshing.
Of course, I also regret not starting seeds indoors, but that's another story.
If you are like me and just getting outside, it's time to clear away all of the flower stalks that provided winter interest. I know some gardeners do it in the fall, but I prefer to complete it in the spring. This is also a great time to weed, but make sure you harvest the dandelions now, before they bloom! The greens are great for salads or cooked like spinach as long as you get them early. The roots can be dried and used, as well. Dandelions are very nutritious, providing us with vitamins A & K. In fact, people used to make a spring tonic with dandelions, giving themselves a shot of vitamins they had likely been lacking over the winter.
This is prime time for planting or transplanting perennials and shrubs, as well. Everything is small and easier to divide and plant, and the roots are already full of power to propel your plants into new growth, so they'll be growing into hardy and healthy specimens.
What are you working on in your garden?
With all of that work, you'll be getting dirty, and you'll need soap for cleaning up. Soap and Garden has just the thing--Gardener's Soap! We have worked on this formula for several years, wanting to create a soap that cleans well, yet isn't like sandpaper to use and keeps your hands in the best shape possible. The result is just that--cleansing without being harsh.
This soap comes in a few different varieties. First, is our Original, made with gentle scrubbies, rich oils, and skin-loving essential oils. It is great for both men and women.
Second, is our "Men's Only," a Sage & Cedar scent sure to appeal to any man. It includes the great oils and scrubbies found in our original formula.
Third, since we had something just for our male gardeners, we had to create something special for women, and so our Summer Garden Spa Salt Bar was born. Salt bars feature gentle exfoliation and a lotion-like feel upon use. It's also very pink!
Last, we offer a "In the Garden" bar that is a floral blend, admittedly, quite feminine and lovely.
All of our bars include great oils and scrubbies and are priced the same as our other bars, $6/ each or 5/$25.00.
If that's not enough, our April Showers sale continues throughout the month of April.
<"In the Garden" <"Sage & Cedar"
Ladies Salt Bar >
April Showers Sale!
Yes, the AprilShowers have arrived in my region, and even though warm, sunny days are more to my liking, I take hope in the adage, "Aprilshowers bring May flowers."
I'm celebrating by offering you a Shower of Savings! 5% off purchases $20 - $30 10% off purchases $31 - $40 15% off purchases $41 - $50 20% off purchases $51 & over
(before shipping totals)
Save on everything for the month of April!
Featuring Body Glow, a wonderful exfoliant for the shower. It comes in a jar, so you can just scoop out what you need. Start with your hands, working up your arms, gently massaging your skin. Then, go to your feet and work your way up your legs. Finally, massage your torso toward your heart. Rinse. This product will not "oil up" your shower, but it will help remove those dead skin cells from winter, and clean those gardening hands for those in milder regions.
Soap scents include: Lavender*, Gingered Orange, Lilac Breeze, Groovy Patchouli*, Black Raspberries & Vanilla, Rice Flower, Mint Medley*, Sultry Sandalwood Vanilla, Fresh Clean Herbs, Spun Sugar, Daybreak* (spearmint & eucalyptus), Oatmeal, Milk & Honey in scented or no scent added, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Midnight Merlot, Peppermint Breeze*, Cucumber Mint*, Biergarten, Busy Bee, and Rice Flower. *denotes essential oils
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not on my site, but available:
Herbal Bath Teas: Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey, Purely Herbal Blend, Four Milk Blend, and Relaxation Blend - just $2/ea.
Liquid shower gel: Natural. 2 oz. for $4; 4 oz. $6.00; 8 oz. $11 - In any scent listed above.
Lotion: Hand and body lotion - 4 oz, $7; 8 oz., $12
Foaming Soap: Comes in the seasonal Apple Pie, plus Gingered Orange, Summer Tropical, Lavender, and any other scent I sell. Just $7/bottle for 6 fl. oz.
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