Notes From The Lake

from E3Live, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Time for Spring Cleaning!

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Spring is almost here. Are you feeling the itch to get out and enjoy the weather yet? It’s the perfect time of year to get rid of the mess of winter and ready your house for the upcoming season. A nice clean house means more time spent enjoying those nice days!

 

Create a plan of attack for your house. Write a check list for each room and list every task that needs to be accomplished from floor to ceiling. You can choose to do one (or more) rooms per day or pick a number of tasks from each room for the day. Always try to start at the top of your room and work your way down to the floor when you clean. With a solid plan you won’t forget some of the things that aren’t on your usual cleaning list.

 

Gather your supplies into one area. It’s easy to lose motivation if you are constantly running to another room for something you need. If you have everything on hand then there is no need to pause or get distracted by other tasks. It helps to pick up every loose item in the room and place them in one area to sort before tackling the cleaning. Put every item that has a place in your house away and keep a donations box for the items you are no longer using with you in the room.

 

Tackle your cleaning chores with the intent to finish each thing you start. Don’t leave something halfway done. If you find you are short on time pick one item and set a fifteen minute timer. This can also help if you find the thought of cleaning a whole room overwhelming. Put on some music and have some fun!

 

Involve your family in the chores list. With extra help everything will go faster and everyone gets the satisfaction of having helped to make your house fresh and clean. Plan a fun outing in celebration! If you have kids let them pick the items they would like to do for an increase in effort. It’s usually more fun for kids when they feel they have a choice in what is being done.

 

Enjoy your results – I know we do! Do you have a special technique you use for spring cleaning?

 

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

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Having Backyard Chickens – Beyond the Eggs

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think of having chickens? Eggs – right? While most people keep chickens for eggs on a farm or even in the cities now they actually do have some other purposes that you might consider.

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Chickens are bug eaters – whether you have two or twenty chickens they can eat an amazing amount of bugs! They will spend the day hunting down every insect available including earwigs, spiders, slugs and yellow jackets as well as the less annoying pests. Chickens don’t seem to have any preferences and will eat anything that moves slithers or crawls. I’ve even seen mine go after mice and larger pests. If you have other livestock they will also eat the flies that are attracted to animal pens and sift through areas where the eggs are laid to eat the fly larvae. Having chickens around means you don’t have to apply pesticides to your yard.

Chickens are amazing fertilizers – Chickens offer a good amount of fertilizer. You can compost their droppings directly from the chicken coop or let them run in the garden area you plan on planting. Not only will they fertilize the ground of any pen they are in but they will also eat all the existing plants and seeds reducing the amount of weeds you have. Even better, if you put your compost pile where your chickens have access to it they will eat many of the scraps you throw into it and keep the rest of the pile constantly turned and free of pests. Chickens will break down a compost pile a lot faster than you could hope to by yourself.

Chickens are entertaining – That’s right – chickens are fun! Those little (or not so little depending on breed) fluffy birds each have their own distinct personality. They are fun to watch and take care of. The amount of care they need is actually very minimal and you may find yourself watching them interact with each other. You can get large chickens or miniature chickens and they come in many different colors. My personal favorite is watching the broody hens run around with their chicks. Chickens are amazingly protective and dedicated mothers. Several of my chickens will fly up and sit on my shoulders when I walk in their pen and enjoy being petted.

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Chickens make a great hobby – Chickens can be fun to collect and make a great hobby for kids and adults both. Put your children into your local 4H program. Even if you don’t personally eat eggs they can be sold or given away (thumbs up for not supporting the horrible conditions of mass produced eggs). Another option is to look for older hens that don’t lay eggs very often. A hen can live up to 16 years, but really only produces eggs steadily for a few of those years. Pick up some retired birds and provide them with a longer lifespan than they might have had otherwise.

Do you keep chickens? Let us know what you do with yours.

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

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Growing Alfalfa Sprouts at Home – Fun & Easy!

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We covered growing sunflower sprouts in our last post. This time I will explain how to grow alfalfa sprouts. They are very easy to grow and cost effective! Two tablespoons of those tiny little seeds can fill a whole half gallon glass jar.

Select high quality organic seeds for sprouting and soak them for twelve hours. I usually soak mine in the evening so they are ready to go the next morning. This post covers alfalfa sprouts but the method will work for any small seeds like clover, broccoli, and radish. You can even mix them together. After soaking rinse the seeds twice and you are ready to grow!
Growing the sprouts is very simple. You have several options of what to grow them in. They make sprouting systems that you can purchase but I use a mason jar or even a sprouting bag (http://www.e3live.com/all_products/nut_milk_sprouting_bag.html). A sprouting bag is very simple to use. You hang it near your sink and simply rinse it several times each day to water your sprouts. A mason jar needs a lid that allows you to rinse and drain the water without losing any seeds. You can purchase one or fit some screen or cheesecloth under the ring of the jar. When using a glass jar make sure you keep it at an angle with the opening down so the extra water can drain out to help prevent mold. One tablespoon of seeds should give you approximately 1 ½ cups of sprouts.

Keep your sprouts moist and out of direct sunlight for the first four to five days. When they are close to the size you want for eating (1/2 to 1 inch) put them in a window for the next day or two so they can use the sunlight to turn dark green. When you are ready to harvest your sprouts (1 ½ to 2 inches) give them a final rinse and let them dry. There is no cutting or extra step involved with your smaller seed family. They will keep in your fridge for five to seven days. Store them in a container with a paper towel to absorb extra moisture and keep them crisp.

Sprouts are good in so many things. You can add them to salads and sandwiches, eat them plain, juice them, and use them into smoothies. Sprouts also make a great healthy snack for kids. How do you use your sprouts? Tell us in the comments below…

~Jessica

Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!

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