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Rose Hips Harvest

I noticed that the Rose Hips along our driveway were already red and many have already dried up and died. So I took a quick walk down the driveway to harvest what remaining Rose Hips I could find. It may not look like much but I was glad to be able to pick some before they were all gone for the season.

Rose Hips Harvest

Usually I harvest the Rose Hip berries later in the Fall like September or October. But this year, it appears with all the heat and lack of moisture, they dried up and fell off their branches early.

As few months ago I wrote a Rose Hips post on how to identify Rose Hips growing in the wild along with pictures to help in recognizing the plants.

There are several different varieties of wild Rose Hips. You can see in the photo above that I have a few different types of berries growing in my area.

I will cut off the leather skins and remove the insides. Remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You need to remove all of the insides and rinse the red skins thoroughly to remove this unwanted material before you can use the remaining valuable portion of Rose Hip berry.

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Wild Rose Hips

This post will help identify Rose Hips growing in the wild. From everything from their tiny little rose buds, to their thorny branches, and finally their blooming flowers.

Rose Hips do have several different varieties and colors of the flowers and fruit can vary. The following photos are of the main variety of Rose Hip that grows in the wild on our Northern Idaho property.

First here is photo of a pink blooming Rose Hip and a tiny rose bud.

First always look for thorn-filled branches and you will know that this is truly a Rose Hip bush. Also take notice of the leaves and their shape.

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Thorny little buds starting to grow in this photo.

Another blooming Rose Hip photo.

And finally a Rose Hip formed and growing.

I hope you have found these Rose Hips photos useful in your search of them in the wild. They grow freely all around our property and there are many uses for this natural fruit. Rose Hips have many medicinal uses and are a good wild source for vitamin C, make an excellent tea and herbal throat reliever just to name a few things.

Just remember to always remove the skins from the seeds and other materials inside. The seeds and little fibers inside are an irritating, hairy-looking substance you do not want. You must remove all of the insides and rinse Continue Reading →

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Feeding the Deer Naturally

Just a fun photo to share on how we are feeding the deer on our property naturally. We recently had to cut down a tree that was hanging dangerous over the house. After limbing the tree there were all these branches on the ground with tons of witch’s hair on them.

Well it didn’t take long for all of these does to come munch on the treats. The dried material often misrepresented as moss is really Lichens. The formal name is Alectoria sarmentosa or witch’s hair and is sometimes classified as a fungus.

Anyway the deer love witch’s hair from the limbs which provides an outstanding food source for deer and other animals. I should also mention that witch’s hair is a good firestarter. Just find some dried stuff under branches if you are in the woods and in need of some tinder for a fire. It works great and is usually easy to find hanging from tree limbs.

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Recycled Christmas Decorations

Here are some useful ways to recycle and reuse old Christmas cards. One idea to reuse Christmas cards is to craft them into new Christmas ornaments. I love to take the old cards and crochet around the edges with yarn. Here are a few examples of recycled Christmas ornaments.

Here is the tutorial with step by step instructions how to make your own recycled ornaments from old Christmas cards.

If you don’t want to crochet around the edges, you can always just stitch around the edges with a needle and thread such as this ornament.

Another idea is to make gift tags from the old cards. You can either use a template to cut out the tags using scissors or use a store-bought tag maker to punch out the tags. Here are some gift tags I punched out using a tag maker.

Here are more examples of recycled Christmas ornaments made from old cards. Continue Reading →

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Halloween with less Trick-or-Treat Trash

Halloween is a fun time for the kids and adults too. It is also a holiday filled with lots of trash. Leftover trash includes everything from plastic candy bags, pumpkins, paper banners, candy wrappers, other decorations and costume castoffs. So as another Halloween approaches, here are a few useful ideas for making Halloween a bit greener.


Use a reusable bag for Halloween candy. Kids can choose to use a recycled or reusable candy bag such as one made from recycled plastic bag like this one from MyRecycledBags. Here is the link to the pattern and details for crocheting this cool orange candy basket.

Party favors can be made by recycling things like yogurt cups into little candy holders. Let the kids decorate the items and have fun with the crafting project.

How about all those plastic bags that candy comes in? Well that plastic can be recycled so don’t throw it in the trash. Save it and either drop it into your curbside recycle bin or a nearby store’s plastic recycle container.

Same goes for those paper decorations and banners that you either can’t or won’t be reusing next year. Recycle them in your paper or plastic recycle bins so they don’t end up in the landfill.

What about those leftover pumpkins? If you are lucky enough to live in an area that has a Zoo, Continue Reading →

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

I just made my own homemade hummingbird nectar using two simple ingredients. Sugar and water is all you need. Some people add food coloring but you don’t need to and the birds don’t require the red juice to be attracted to your feeder.

These tiny little creatures are among the smallest bird species and are just so lovely to see up close. Here is one enjoying my homemade hummingbird nectar juice mix.

Simple recipe:
4 cups water to 1 cup sugar. No need to use food coloring and the birds don’t seem to care at all. They are still attracted by the red on the feeder and don’t need any artificial coloring. So 4 parts water to 1 part sugar is this simple recipe.

Mix well with a spoon and fill up your feeder. It is recommended to Continue Reading →

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