Sharing some of our basil seedlings grown in eggshells

April 2014 Wall Flower Studio growing Basil - seeds in eggshells - Karen SloanHere’s a handy hint for anyone starting seeds but doesn’t have any wee containers. Simply save your eggshells and start your seeds in them!

I’ve started my large leaf basil, and the beautiful thing is that the whole thing can be planted, including the egg carton! Or, plant the eggshells, rip up the carton, and feed it to the vermicomposter. Worms will love it!

This way the seedling’s roots remain undisturbed, and that summer pesto is closer than ever to becoming a reality. 😉 Happy Gardening!

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Sharing our apothecary & culinary container recycling program! Celebrating #greenbeauty at Wall Flower Studio

Bring us your empties! Receive a reward for your earth-friendliness!

love-recycleHere’s how it works: When you make a purchase at Wall Flower Studio, you will receive a plantable paper card – We’ll stamp it each time you bring back an empty glass jar/bottle/tin with its lid, purchased at our store. (i.e: One empty bottle equals one stamp).

When you reach ten stamps, you get to choose *one travel-sized apothecary/culinary item from our selection at the shop! You also get to plant your stamped plantable paper card. It will grow Canadian native wild flower seeds! Everybody wins, especially the environment.

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*This is a final exchange – Each free reward cannot be exchanged and is non-refundable. Thank you!

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Scented kindling bundles – An herbal fire starter DIY for campfires and cold nights

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single bundle

Herbal Kindling bundles

Kindling bundles in the shop

Herbal fire starters are the perfect way to start the fireplace or wood stove  roaring on those cold winter nights. I think they’re a splendid way to incorporate the summer garden into a winter holiday tradition! Use them to light those bonfires and campfires too, as the burning herbs help repel pesky mosquitoes and other insects. Personally, I like to tie one on a bottle of wine, as they make a great addition to any hostess gift!

All kinds of herbs and dried plant material can be incorporated into these bundles. I add many herbs including Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Lavender, Marjoram, Oregano, Mint, Lemon balm Tansy, Savory, Artemisia, boxwood, Statice flowers, Echinacea, Yarrow, black-eyed Susan seed heads, and even dried licorice plant stems from my hanging baskets.

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sage and thyme

3 tiered Kindling Bundle WFS blog

braided bundles

Simply layer different dried herbs together and tie them with raffia. They can also be braided and hung on the wall, waiting to be used.

I especially like using Lemon Thyme in my bundles. It smells so nice! Again, simply dry it flat on an old tray. Same thing goes for Sage, but hanging it up to air dry works well, too.

When it’s time to clean up the garden, take a good look at what can be used from your own garden to create these easy DIY bundles, and save yourself taking it to the landfill!

Happy bundling!