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Yesterday I shared news of my latest gardening success story and today I have a video tutorial to show you exactly what I did. Some say that it’s not possible to divide supermarket herb plants like Basil but I’ve tried it out and have found that you can indeed! At only £1.25 a pot, live Basil plants in the supermarket are an economical buy and sometimes even cheaper than herbs that are already cut. They’re certainly less expensive than many packets of seeds! Unfortunately these plants are grown so densely

There are a few ways to grow Basil but sometimes sowing seed or taking cuttings can for some be more work than its worth. Especially when you can buy a brand new Basil plant every time you go to the supermarket for as low as £1.25. That’s actually less than a packet of seeds and a lot more convenient. I was pondering all of this while standing in the herb section of my local grocery store. So many people buy those little pots of basil and left in the container they can even regrow

Way back in 2010 I decided that I wanted a blog. More than anything it was a place for me to connect with people with similar interests and to share photos of my soap making, allotment gardening, and recipes. Since I wasn’t thinking about it evolving into anything more than a personal journal, I didn’t actually spend any time researching blogging options and platforms. I wanted to start a blog right then and there and a simple google search led to to Blogger, which is run by Google. It was free

I had both a physio appointment and it was raining so my run of going to the allotment every morning was broken today. With my inner alarm clock recently deciding to go off at the crack of dawn, I thought it might be a good idea to start each day with an hour of gardening. Now that my knee is almost back to normal I’ve been able to begin work on my new plot but it needs plenty of digging and TLC if I’m going to get it into a

Manx Wallabies?


They’re a long way from Australia but these cute and furry marsupials have made themselves at home on the Isle of Man. Watch out for them on the roads near the Wildlife Park and see them on footpaths in the Curragh. I’d heard about the local Wallabies when I first moved to the island and kept my eyes peeled whenever I was out walking or driving on country roads. I actually didn’t see any until two summers ago when I and some friends were invited for a walk through the

Not that long ago, local artisan Ashley Bentley of  The Bees Knees showed us how to make Succulent Terrariums and Mini Succulent Planters here on Lovely Greens. Today I’m delighted to tell you that a video version of the succulent terrarium tutorial is now on my Youtube channel! The project takes no time at all but watching the video will make it even easier for you to do at home. Succulents are green, fleshy plants such as ‘Hen-and-Chicks’ that are both easy to propagate and to take care of. The plants you use for

Natural soapmaking is an exciting craft that anyone can do from the comfort of their own kitchen. Using oils, essential oils, and the extracts of plants, flowers, minerals,  and spices, you can be on your way to creating beautifully scented and colored soap for yourself and loved ones. This post lists many of the extracts you can use to create vibrant colors in your soap without the need for artificial compounds. Many might be in your kitchen cupboard or growing in your garden already. For those new to making soap,

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