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I lived in an apartment for the bulk of my adult life, and I was pretty content. But now that we have been in a house for a few months, I really don’t think I could go back to an apartment without a fight.
Some of my favorite things about living in a house are that my kids can run around and have fun without worrying about disturbing the downstairs neighbors, and that I can sleep without earplugs at night because no one is stomping overhead. But my favorite part about living in a house is having a yard.
Instead of hooking my dogs up to leashes, trekking down two flights of stairs, and letting them spend two minutes outside, I can open the back door and let them run as long as they want in our fenced-in yard. We have room for a small pool for the kids, a grill, furniture to sit outside on, and even a garden and tons of space for flowers.
I admit, I went a little bit nuts with the flowers. We have a large, cement planter attached to the front of the house that was begging to be filled with petunias, we planted marigolds in the back, and I have pots of random flowers I thought were pretty sitting all over the front and back entrances.
I like to say I have a black thumb, and a quick glance at the
weed patch garden might confirm that, but my flowers have managed to thrive in spite of their inept caretaker.
Every night I go out and water them, pull weeds, and remove any dead flowers. Lately I have noticed some droopier plants, some holes in the leaves, and less vibrant flowers.
I don’t want to use chemicals in our yard because of our pets and children, but I knew that some natural remedies could damage the pH of the soil. So, I decided to give essential oils a whirl.
In a spray bottle I mixed 1/8 cup of Dr. Bronner’s soap, 1/8 cup of water, 7 drops of peppermint essential oil, 7 drops of Thieves essential oil, 7 drops of cedar wood essential oil, and 7 drops of rosemary essential oil. I gave my flowers a little spritz after their nightly watering, and within a few days I could tell they were starting to perk up!
The best part about using essential oils inside AND outside of my house, is that I don’t have to worry about keeping any products around that could be potentially harmful to curious kids and doggies. Plus, I was able to use things I already had on hand instead of purchasing a new product.
Are your flowers looking a little droopy? Mix up some essential oil garden spray, I would love to hear what you think!