I love using scented and flavored infused oils in beauty products, health products, and in the kitchen. Today, I thought that I would share with you how simple it is to make your own infused oils right from the garden. There are many processes and techniques out there, from distillation to vodka. However, I prefer to use an excellent quality extra virgin olive oil for the process.
|Fresh herbs and flowers dry along side mini-potatoes and garlic on vintage flower bulb drying trays.|
Like most chicken keepers, I love spending time in the garden. Each year I plant and grow plenty of herbs for the family and the chickens. In the summer, the girls enjoy nibbling on the fresh herbs. However, as the season begins to come to a close, we harvest what remains in the garden before the first frost. We then dry the herbs prior to future use. We use a few different techniques to dry the herbs and flowers based on their moisture content. Once dried, we use the herbs in cooking and also in the chicken coop! Adding a sprinkle of dried chicken-safe herbs to the coop helps keep insects, mice, and parasites away. Plus I think it soothes the girls during their egg laying. To learn how to add herbs to the chicken coop read on.
|Inside the hydroponic green house where vegetables and herbs thrive.|
|Early beet plants|
Of course there are chickens outside too! I could not help but notice the clever creation that they made to keep the chicken feed dry. They converted an unused beehive into a elevated open shelter for a hanging chicken feeder.
The girls were all so happy to see me. As I completed the tour, I tucked some rich green clover into the fence. I had no idea that a place so amazing was right in my very own backyard.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest