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The best liquid laundry detergent recipe

The best liquid laundry detergent recipe

Over several years I’ve been working on changing my laundry detergent. First to eco-friendly ones and now it’s all home-made. This experimenting has taken a few years and I want to save you time by sharing my recipes. A home-made…

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Growing bunching onions – Allium fistulosum

Growing bunching onions – Allium fistulosum

What are bunching onions? These onions are similar to a spring onion and are known as Welsh bunching or Japanese bunching onions. ‘Welsh’ apparently has nothing to do with Wales and is more common in Asian cuisine according to Wikipedia….

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Waste free guide – the bathroom

Waste free guide – the bathroom

My January 2021 mission started quite simply with the plan to make a couple of bathroom swaps I’ve been meaning to make for ages – cotton buds and dental floss. I need them to be home compostable – currently they…

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Have your say to reduce plastic waste

Have your say to reduce plastic waste

The Ministry for the Environment has released a consultation document which aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste in New Zealand. It has two proposals – Did you know? New Zealanders dispose of an estimated 159 grams of plastic…

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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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