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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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Preserved lemons

Preserved lemons

At this time of year lemons and limes are ripening and soon they’ll be plentiful. If you’re lucky enough to have excess then preserving them is a good way to use the whole fruit. You may have tried a commercial…

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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 multiplying onions? 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…

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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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Make your own cream surface cleaner

Make your own cream surface cleaner

This cleaner is liquid enough to pour from a squeeze bottle and works well when you need something a bit stronger than soap and water. Ingredients 6g castile bar soap, unscented 1 cup (250ml) water 30g (2TB) washing soda Essential…

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How to make veggie stock when you can’t pop out and buy some

How to make veggie stock when you can’t pop out and buy some

I’ve had this veggie stock recipe in draft for ages and now seems a good time to post it. While we’re stuck at home it’s a great time to expand the list of things we can make ourselves rather than…

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DIY cleaning products – is it a thing?

DIY cleaning products – is it a thing?

I’m sure you’ve heard – you can use baking soda, lemons and vinegar to clean your whole house! I’ve made my own cleaning products for years but how well do these clean and also disinfect? In this post I’m looking…

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Seven DIY green cleaning recipes

Seven DIY green cleaning recipes

Several years ago, I started making my own cleaning products. I’ve experimented with loads of recipes and have tweaked them to suit our own situation and to get them to a point where they really do clean. These seven recipes…

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