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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 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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Make your own dishwasher powder or tablets

Make your own dishwasher powder or tablets

I’m pleased that we’re all thinking more and more about the ingredients in our food, cleaning and beauty products. Dishwashing powder is something I’ve long worried about and I’ve spent some time working on a homemade version that avoids all…

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Sprouting grains for the chickens

Sprouting grains for the chickens

Why sprout? I’ve been reading lots of blogs from people who make their own chicken food.  I’d like to do the same but it seems to involve alot of ingredients and care needs to be taken to get the right…

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Pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Living on a block of land (about 4acres) has endless possibilities but it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll ever be fully ‘self sufficient’.  I have to be realistic with the things that I could buy and grow. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are…

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Becoming sheep owners

Becoming sheep owners

We’ve had a neighbour grazing his sheep on our property for the last few years but we’ve finally taken the plunge and are sheep owners!  

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