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Learning about biochar

Learning about biochar

As a gardener biochar is something I’ve heard about and wanted to experiment with for many years. What is it – why am I interested?

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Tips for making skin care products

Tips for making skin care products

You’re about to make your own skin-care product and have a great recipe but what else do you need to know? After safety, one of the biggest things to consider is clean-up. Unused melted beeswax and oils will leave a…

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3 easy recipes to make your own balms

3 easy recipes to make your own balms

I’ve been making my own skin care products for years. I started writing this blog in 2015! Since then I’ve made and sold kits for people to make their own products – I spent alot of time experimenting with ingredients…

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Don’t waste those winter veggies

Don’t waste those winter veggies

At this time of year my garden doesn’t seem very productive and I can easily waste what little it has growing. That’s the worst kind of waste – growing something then not using it! The heads on the spouting broccoli…

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How much do our home grown eggs cost?

How much do our home grown eggs cost?

I wasn’t one of those who bought a 20kg bag of flour and started making bread and pasta through our first Lockdown but I have belatedly taken to it. As I post this we’ve gone to Level 3. Drats, even…

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Growing microgreens on wool packaging

Growing microgreens on wool packaging

Microgreens are an easy way to grow salad leaves. They’re especially useful when salad plants aren’t growing well outside (both the middle of winter and summer can be tricky times) and for those who don’t have a vegetable garden. Microgreens…

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How to grow burgundy mushrooms

How to grow burgundy mushrooms

I love growing and eating mushrooms. I’ve tried various ways of growing them over the years including kits and dowels. I also grew oyster mushrooms for several months to sell at the farmers markets. My favourite mushroom for growing at…

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Growing multiplying onions

Growing multiplying onions

What are they? These onions have various names – walking, tree, Egyptian, top set, multiplying. They grow from bulbs rather than seeds and a single bulb will multiply and grow 5-10 bulbs through the year. They can be harvested by…

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Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium has to be one of the hardiest flowers I have growing. It self seeds, it’s a good ground cover, the bees love the flowers and the whole plant is edible. To me that’s a perfect plant.

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