Memorial Day is now behind us, and with that, Wisconsin’s gardening season has officially begun!
So far I am pleased with the progress. There are 20 tomato plants in the ground which means my canned tomatoes may last beyond February. New Mulberry, elderberry, and plum trees (okay, sticks) are starting to leaf out and will provide additional food in the future. My potato cages are overflowing at a time when they are usually just spuds in dirt—record early harvest ahead! Regrettably, I totally forgot to start peppers and eggplant and will need to buy transplants. But overall I am pleased.
New this year: I tried using toilet paper rolls to start my pea plants (an idea from blog Promenade Plantings); one grew some strange and bizarre mushrooms. And we have brand new homemade tomato cages under construction (more on this later).’
In honor of a successful start to the season, I am offering a collection of garden-themed natural bodycare products. I am as committed to using natural products on my body as I am to eating them and I use the Environmental Working Group’s (of Dirty Dozen fame) Skin Deep Database to evaluate all of our soaps, shampoos and cosmetics. After all “what goes on you, goes in you” they say. If you’ve never checked them out, they rate products from 0 (best) to 10 (worst) and here is a link.
And now for the contest:
What: A collection of natural bodycare products (soap, salve, insect repellent, etc.) geared for those who like the outdoors (especially gardening). Retail value approximately $30. Open to US residents only due to shipping costs (my apologies to my international readers–perhaps I’ll try to figure out something tiny I can ship anywhere next time…) Note: I did not receive anything free for this, though for a couple more days I have a natural bodycare internet store.
How: Leave a comment describing your favorite “natural living” practice.
When: Drawing will use random.org and closes on June 15, 2012. I will email winners for their mailing address and they have one week to get back to me or I will select a new winner.
Good luck and enjoy the beautiful growing season!
Update–Congratulations Jessica on winning the prize. Hope you enjoy the products!