DIY Fridays




by Nicole Wines Nature Therapy is one of the easiest ways to promote healing. This will probably be the simplest instruction set in our D.I.Y. Fridays series to date and it doesn’t cost anything!  Here goes: Slow down Take a break Get outside! Mother Nature is a powerful healer, for […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Nature Therapy: Get Outside!



by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. Friday is just a quick tip for all of you who are conscious about reusing and repurposing materials, supplies and resources. There are countless uses for upcycled jars.  I use them to store and share honey, herbs, and bulk foods, to make and store […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Upcycling Tip: Removing Labels from Jars for ...


by Nicole Wines Tinctures are an easy way to make a powerful medicine from the herbs grown in your garden or those found throughout your yard or the wild.  Tinctures, in short, are an herbal extract made using alcohol as the solvent.  This base allows your body to absorb the […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Making Herbal Tinctures


by Nicole Wines Every fall the Raíces EcoCulture crew plants our garlic.  We usually use “el día de los muertos” (Day of the Dead) as our marker and try to get it in on that day or soon after.  This year, we waited until the Friday after the Day of […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Planting and Saving Garlic




by Nicole Wines Recycling, upcycling, repurposing…whatever you want to call it, we are always looking for ways to reuse materials that would normally be thrown away to help keep our impact on the waste stream low.  Although I’m not personally a big fan of buying produce that comes in plastic […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Starting Seeds in Recycled Produce Containers


by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. is a simple step-by-step tutorial on making your own calendula infused oil.  We grow calendula in all of the Raíces EcoCulture garden plots so the blooms are always in abundance. We only remove flowers from about half of our plants and leave the remaining […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Calendula Infused Oil



by Nicole Wines At Raíces EcoCulture, we try to stay conscious about reducing the waste stream.  Whenever possible, we find second uses for materials that would otherwise be looked at as “garbage”.  We upcycle and repurpose as much as we can.  Just like last week’s D.I.Y. post on homemade incense […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade, All-Natural Eggshell Fertilizer