5 great reasons to grow your own mint!

Homegrown mint is the freshest, sweetest and most satisfying mint you will ever taste and needs very little looking after. We have four mint plants so that we have plenty to keep us going when it is in season and we give it a ‘haircut’ every so often so we can dry some out too
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Water Butts and Butt Pumps

My husband has been spending a lot of time watering the plants recently and came up with an ingenious plan to make things a bit easier. He decided to write an article about it, so over to him: How do you water your garden, hosepipe or watering can? Where does the water come from, the
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How to make a lavender wand the zero waste way!

Want to know how to make a lavender wand the zero waste way? Look no further! Lavender is in season and I have loads of lovely fragrant lavender growing in my garden right now. There are many uses for lavender, but my current favourite is to make lavender wands. I don’t use them for casting
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My Year of Eco Challenges – Challenge 7 – starting a food sharing revolution in my local area!

My 7th challenge on My Year of Eco Challenges is to do something to help tackle the issues of food waste and food poverty in my local area by encouraging people to share food! According to Love Food Hate Waste ‘almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from
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Gifts for the teachers!

I thought I had got away lightly this year with gifts and then I remembered the teachers…I should give some gifts to the teachers… Having two kids in different schools (one big school and one pre-school), plus other settings like after school club and nursery means lots of teachers/ people involved in their care.  It
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Food waste diary day 3 and preserving berries!

Well we had a very low food waste day yesterday.  There were only two of us at home during the day though so that did make things easier. There was no waste at breakfast, no waste at lunch and no waste at dinner – hooray! There was a problem with some blackberries in the fridge
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Home grown camomile tea!

I love drinking herbal teas and camomile (sometimes spelt chamomile) is a favourite of mine. I have had two camomile plants for a couple of years now and last year I picked enough flowers off them to last me all winter and I still have some left now. This year the flowers are coming thick
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The view from my kitchen door and homegrown salad!

I love the view of beans growing right outside my kitchen door.  We are really lucky and have a dedicated fruit and vegetable garden right next to our kitchen.  Even better than that my husband has got really into growing vegetables.  So every day I get to go out there and pick salad for my
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Is it worthwhile growing potatoes?

Last year we made a definite loss on growing potatoes and when I met James Wong earlier this year he said growing potatoes is ‘probably the most expensive way to physically get hold of one’.  Well either we haven’t learned our lesson, or we are just choosing to ignore it as we grew potatoes again this year. In our defence
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