Category Archives: Herbs

A Lavender Gift Basket Give Away….

….over at Hardly Housewives! This basket includes Lavender goodies from our botanical shop over at Etsy. This gift basket includes Organic Lavender Cooking Buds, Lavender Salt Bar, Lavender Bath Salts, and our now famous Lavender Salve.


Organic Lavender Gift Basket


There are 4 ways to win this gift basket, and Jaisa tells you how:

1) First, go look through the LLFarm’s Shop on Etsy and leave a comment below with your favorite item from her shop… 

2) If you want another chance to win, be sure to “like” Hardly Housewives on Facebook here and leave another comment letting us know that you did (or if you already have)

3) Join the Hardly Housewives follower community – publicly follow Hardly Housewives via Google Friend Connect

4)… and for a last chance, add LLFarm to your “Favorites” on Etsy. 



I have had such a great time reading Jaisa’s blog and her excitement over food, my kind or girl! She is a Mainer (a person from the state of Maine) so she KNOWS good food. She is going to be making some Lavender Scones. This should be a great recipe so I will keep my eye out for it. I just love scones warm with melted butter and honey.

Stop on over there she has nicely posted our Farm House Lavender Lemonaid! Since it has been fairly warm here the past few days and the trees have started to bud out if FEELS like spring so I made a large pitcher of our lemonaid to celebrate spring.

Also while you are there check this oven mit out! This is my kind of project and so timely. Mine has a hole burnt right through the thumb! AND I picked up several pretty bath towels from the thrift shop just the other day. Now if I only could get someone to sew it for me… Not in the mood for the treadle machine lately…

I have had such a great time working with Jaisa that I hope/am looking forward to doing another give away with her.

Stop over at Hardly Housewives and in the comments let Jaisa know I sent you!


Also wanted to mention a few new ways to check out what we are doing around here.

Our new Organic Botanical Shop  -Most but not all that we offer are currently available there. There is also a brand new soap/herbal blog there to save you all from the over excitement and love I have of herbs and soap. This is a new format for the blog so I am still getting used to it, but there are a few posts.

Our Etsy shop -stop in there for specials and bulk orders of our soaps, salves and of course our Organic Herbs. We are running an Earth Day Sale from now until May 5th on every item in the shop!

Our Facebook Page Facebook/LizzyLaneFarm Botanicals -something new I am trying out. I’m not very good at the social media thing yet so keep that in mind when you stop over.

I’ll be back soon with the excitement of the new indoor mini green house we have and a peek at the seedlings…


Take care…



It’s Poison Ivy Season

I have had a rush on Jewelweed salve the past couple of weeks. No, not the fresh spring plants growing, at least not around here yet, but the old dried up leaves from last year.

The weather is getting warmer, the ground is bone dry and everyone is out raking leaves and getting into the poison ivy!

I have an organic Jewelweed and Yarrow salve that works great for poison ivy, but the time to use it is when you catch it and not be waiting several days for it to arrive in the mail. It’s no fun being up all night itching!

Our organic salve contains fresh dried wild harvested jewelweed and yarrow from our fields, nicely infused in organic olive oil. Works like a charm to stop the itch and heal up that oozing, red itch rash. I just finished up a fresh batch…

Here is the link to our Organic Jewelweed Salve:


This little fella is not cold!

The weather man said it would happen last night and he was right. There was a light frost covering the grass, gardens and windshields this morning when I went out to feed the animals at 6am. I am so not ready for the changing of the season, it seems so early after such a late spring.

Dalton is warm too...

I was pleased with myself for harvesting and picking another good batch of Calendula yesterday morning and setting them to dry. There have been around 12 pounds of these dried so far this season. Quite an accomplishment for me, that is a pretty good size bed of plants. With the tops harvested every couple of days just after they have bloomed and before they begin to wilt with age. We will have quite a few seeds as well.

Fresh Dried Calendula Petals

Have you ever seen what a pound of Calendula petals looks like? They will fill and packed HARD into 4 Quart canning jars! So that is around 48 Quart Jars full of these lovely and treasured petals. Available in one ounce, half pound and one pound in our Etsy shop. They have been popular and I expect to be sold out of them before the winter is out. No worries here though I have several pounds set aside just for our use in our soap, salves and other herbal goodies.

The Chamomile did not grow well in our gardens this year. Instead I purchased several pounds from a local herbalist and have those stashed away and in our shop. They make very tasty tea when I mixed them with our bee balm and a bit of our mint and chocolate mint.

Some side shoots loaded into the dehydrator

Today we will be sadly putting away some of the summer time toys and yard ornaments. The wading pool, all but one bike and a few other toys will be washed, dried in the sun and stored safely away until its time to take them out again. We will pack a picnic breakfast/brunch and head over to the town park to watch and cheer on Daisy for her Soccer practice today. She is very excited and can’t wait for the first one to start today.

Side shoots grow off the side of the broccoli stem after the main blossom has been cut. They ae smaller but just as tasty.


Still time to be silly! Daisy says... Mumma do ya' want a raspberry?

The tomatoes:

  • Brandywine
  • Pink Brandywine
  • Yellow Brandywine
  • Roma
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast

Finally made it into the garden after several weeks of unsuccessful attempts. First it rained to hard, then it was too hot, then I couldn’t find the time. Well Miss. Daisy and I got most of them in this morning first thing. The rest mostly Roma will go up in the tomato patch we used last year by the barn. Son #1 has agreed to start the tiller for me and get the area ready. Whew! Not much to look at and I hope they make it. They have been in tiny pots for so long and they are so small. I had the same thing happen last year and they grew just fine.

Something is nibbling on the cabbage. I looked and looked but found nothing so I must suspect slugs. Daisy sprinkled crushed egg shells around them in a good thick layer for me. Let’s see how that works.

Still drying the Red Clover and this will continue all summer as time allows. The chickens will so much appreciate it come winter. This time of year everything is growing so fast I am running out of room for drying, both in the barn and on the racks. I need to get a few more racks built but that will go on the bottom of the to-do-list. Dick at this point and myself included have put the list away for a bit. We are just trying to maintain at this point. He is cutting fields on the weekends and works all week.

I am home only 2 days a week now, but am loving my part time job. The couple I care for are just so sweet! I wander all over their farm and find plenty to do there. The farm is new so there is so much going on and it’s fun for me to see the changes made every morning when I arrive for the day. A very comfortable environment for me and so much like my own home with the way things are run and the general attitude.

These buds are fully open now and smell so nice

For the first time in several years our wild rugosa roses are flowering and putting on quite a show. Usually just as they get ready to flower it rains and balls them all up. So today’s gathering included a large pot of rose petals that I will use to make a bit of rose oil. I think I will infuse them in Jojoba or Sunflower oil. Both seemed to hold the scent better than the olive oil.

 I have been wanting to use rose oil for another batch of rose soap. Rose oil is definitely a seasonal thing lately. The last batch was last summer and it did not stick around long either in the Farm Store or in our soap dishes. It will be a nice treat.

Also some rose vinegar and a batch of rose sugar are on my list of fun things to preserve. The rose sugar is a wonderful coating on fresh butter cookies!  I make it the exact same way as vanilla sugar only use rose petals of course. If you look on the side bar you will find the recipe for vanilla sugar. Rose vinegar is also easy to make. I use good cider vinegar and let the fresh rose petals infuse in that for a week or so then strain and enjoy on salads.

At sunset, the colors change and it's a new treat to see

Both are projects I can take to work with me tomorrow. Not only will I be getting a bit of my own simple pleasures done I will have some help by the woman I care for. She seems to really enjoy these kinds of activities I think she did many of the same things when she was much younger but she isn’t able to express it to me, yet she jumps right in and KNOWS what I am doing and does her own without much help from me.

Hope all is going well for you, leave me a few links so I can check out your projects….Pretty please 🙂 I don’t have the time to find the good stuff on my own lately! 🙂

…..I still have a couple of the Ball Canning Jar Coupons if anyone was wondering…..Send me your address and I’ll get one right out to you. LizzyLaneFarm (dot) NH (at) Gmail (dot) com.

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