Summer vacation Journal

To keep my child a bit busy during this summer vacation I decided to make a Journal where she can write down impressions from places where we go together. Nothing complicated, just a funny activity for the summer days.

I made a template (Romanian and English) so you can print it if you like it 🙂

Just click on the picture to open the large file and save it.

Happy Summer Vacation !

Cheesecloth cleaning

Using a homemade cheesecloth to strain my cheese is my favorite, but when it comes to wash it, it was a real adventure.

I tried to use all sorts of soaps, but either remained a pregnant smell of soap on the cloth or the persistent milky smell. Finally I found the right soap to wash my cheesecloth. No smell, just fresh clean cloth.

This is what I use to wash clean my cheesecloth and I’m very content with it, so in case you need a soap that wash well and remove any smell but in the same time doesn’t leave any perfume on the cloth, this is the right one.

Fighting the bad bugs the organic way

This year I’ve decided to fight with the bad bugs from my garden using the neem oil as pesticide.

I found it on a cosmetic web-shop, it was the only shop where I could find it in a larger quantity, here I have 450 gr, which should be enough for a whole year of gardening.

The recipe to transform the neem oil into a pesticide is easy, you just need 1 L of slightly warm water, 5 ml of neem oil and 2 ml of liquid soap. Mix them by adding first the soap into the water and then slowly stir in the neem oil. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and it is ready to use. Make sure you use the mixture within 8 hours as beyond that the ingredients will start to break down.

“Formulations made of neem oil also find wide usage as a biopesticide for organic farming, as it repels a wide variety of pests including the mealy bug, beet armyworm, aphids, the cabbage worm, thrips, whiteflies, mites, fungus gnats, beetles, moth larvae, mushroom flies, leafminers, caterpillars, locust, nematodes and the Japanese beetle. Neem oil is not known to be harmful to mammals, birds, earthworms or some beneficial insects such as butterflies, honeybees and ladybirds (ladybugs in US English) if it is not concentrated directly into their area of habitat or on their food source. It can be used as a household pesticide for ant, bedbug, cockroach, housefly, sand fly, snail, termite and mosquitoes both as repellent and larvicide. Neem oil also controls black spot, powdery mildew, anthracnose and rust fungi.” – source Wikipedia.


De o vreme incoace, as zice chiar cam de multisor, activitatea pe blogurile romanesti de gradinarit a scazut considerabil. Unii nu au mai scris deloc, altii s-au mutat pe retelele de socializare. Asa ca am hotarat ca de acum inainte sa scriu pe blog in engleza si adresa blogului va deveni

L.E. Pentru cei care ma citesc si nu stiu engleza am pus un buton de traducere in partea dreapta sus.

Aventura semintelor

Dupa cum stiti am marit hranitoarea de la geam si am instalat hranitori in gradina mamei.

Asadar volumul de seminte necesare saptamanal a crescut considerabil. Daca anul trecut imi ajungeau 2 pungute de seminte (aprox 1 kg) pe saptamana, acum sar lejer de 4-5 kg.

Problema majora era ca in piata nu prea gaseam cat imi trebuia, babuta de la care cumparam aducea cate 2-3 pungute pe zi si mie imi trebuiau 10. Nici plimbatul zilnic la piata in drum spre casa de la job nu era o solutie. Asa ca m-am pus pe cautat producatori. Surpriza, pretul era de 4 ori mai mic decat plateam eu in piata.

O inteleg si pe babuta, ea are de platit tot felu de taxe ca vinde in piata, dar pe mine nu ma ajuta nici cantitatea oferita de ea si se pare ca nici pretul.

Asa ca in weekend, in drum spre bunici, am facut o mica escala in curtea unui producator si am luat doi saci de seminte sa-mi ajunga toata iarna.

Da stiu, am ceva pasarele la mansarda 😀 dar asta sunt.

La multi ani !

Lume noua

Dupa ce anul trecut am avut o multime de pasarele la hranitoarea de la geam, anul asta ne-am inmultit colectia de imagini cu gaita si ciocanitoare. Pozele nu sunt cele mai calitative dar promit sa revin cu altele mai bune 🙂

Pana atunci asa arata o zi la noi la geam

Si vazand eu ca nu incap prea bine in hranitoarea de anul trecut, am incropit rapid una mai mare sa incapa toata lumea

Abia astept sa merg acasa unde am sculele profi si lemne destule sa fac una mai aratoasa. Pana atunci si asta e functionala 🙂

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