Saturday, February 16, 2008

Labyrinth Tour coming to visit Herbs from the Labyrinth garden on April 20

Quite a few years ago, I put a lot of effort into establishing a labyrinth committee at the Unitarian church here in Lancaster. We painted a Chartres Cathedral style labyrinth on a 40 foot square canvas, that is still used there. Later we had a seven-circuit Cretan style labyrinth inlaid in the floor in one of the rooms on the lower floor. I'm no longer active there, but the labyrinth committee is still going strong, holding monthly walks on the first Sunday afternoon of each month.

This year, the labyrinth committee is organizing a tour of local labyrinths on the afternoon of Sunday, April 20, and they will be visiting my garden & walking the labyrinth here. It won't be covered with snow by then. In fact, there should be lots of new green life by then. If you'd like to get more information & register for this tour, you can call 717-393-1733 or email

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ants Away!

I live in a house that is more than 100 years old. It’s a brick house with a stone foundation and window sills that are nearly a foot deep. I love my house. Apparently, I’m not the only creature to love this house. Every late winter, tiny little ants begin to emerge from their mothers’ nesting places in the stone foundation. Some of them mistakenly make their way into the house instead of outside into the soil. I have to admit that I’m not pleased by this behavior. For years, I’ve been making an herbal ant repellent spray, tweaking it every year. It’s always worked well, but this year it’s working incredibly well! To repel ants and keep them from coming into your house, spray this along door frames, windowsills, the edges of the hearth & wherever else you see them traveling. Ants leave a scent along their trail so that other ants can follow them. This herbal spray will interrupt their travels & they don't like the way it smells at all! Distilled water and cider vinegar infused with Peppermint & Tansy, pure essential oils of Peppermint, Clary Sage & Black Pepper. A 4oz cobalt bottle with a mister top is only $9.95.