Friday, 18 May 2018

Is it safe to use PVC plastic in an organic garden?

Back in 2014 I wrote a post titled Is it Safe to Grow Veggies in Styrofoam Boxes. This has been one of the most popular posts on my blog and has been read 12,720 times. I was reading Anne Gibson's blog The Micro Gardener the other day as I was looking for something specific and came across a post she had written called Is PVC Plastic Safe to Use in an Organic Garden? I thought to myself 'Oh no, don't tell me there is something wrong with PVC plastic as well' and continued reading and sure enough, it is not a good idea to use it in your garden.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Wholemeal and Oats Sourdough

I have been in a bit of a rut with my sourdough baking lately. It is just so easy to stick to the same routine every week but I thought I would try something different this time using a recipe that is not too complicated for me. I had a look at some of the recipes on Gina's Home Joys blog as I had used a couple of her recipes before with success and finally settled for a variation of her Oatmeal Honey Sourdough Bread.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Repeat after me...soapmaking requires patience!

In my quest to make a harder soap than the ones I have produced lately using oils that I don't normally use, I rendered some pig fat to make more lard to be included in a batch of soap that I wanted to divide into three to do some usual ;-)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Happy Mother's Day to me

I know I am probably the only mother in the world who buys herself a Mother's Day present but I came across some beautiful chrysanthemums and roses in recent days that I simply couldn't resist especially as the chrysanthemums had been reduced from $15-$18 to $5. I was going to wait until after Mother's Day and check for any reductions at one of our few remaining locally owned plant nurseries which I will still do but I saw these plants at BigW just begging to be rescued so I obliged. Honestly there is nothing wrong with them and they just need a little TLC and eventually some sunshine and they will provide some colour in our late Autumn garden where nothing much is flowering at the moment.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Thank goodness for Esmeralda!

We had some drama here during the week. In the early hours of Tuesday morning three aggressive dogs got into our yard even though the gate was shut. Our locked wooden guinea pig cages were no match for these ferocious animals and I lost my three cute little pets after the dogs ripped apart and splintered their cages. The guinea pigs were nowhere to be seen so I can only imagine what happened to them.


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