Warmer days and Flying Bees Update on the Bailey Comb Change, Swarming, & strange things found in the hives With each day moving us closer to summer, the weather improves and honeybees become more active. For a beekeeper that means two things — the honey flow will soon be on as will as the chance of swarming. Between now and June we’ll need to visit our bees every 8-10 days to make sure they have enough space for storing honey and to see if they’re building Queen cells. Queen cells are special peanut shaped fingers

Make Natural Soap with Lemongrass Essential Oil This simple recipe for handmade lemongrass soap requires only four main oils, natural pigment in the form of oxides, essential oil, and a few other ingredients and materials. It’s also a palm-free soap recipe so you can rest assured that the ingredients are as ethical as possible. Making cold-process soap is quick but there is a cure time of four weeks before you can use the bars. During that curing time, the extra water from the recipe evaporates out, creating hard and long-lasting

I grow a lot of edibles in DIY Pallet Containers Though I usually feature my allotment garden on Lovely Greens, this week I’ve given you a peek at how I grow at home. I have a large front lawn that’s north facing so it’s in shade for most of the day. I also have a small paved patio that’s south-facing so I’m making use of that sunlight with a container garden. Today I’ve given a Live tour of my garden along with explanations on how I grow edibles in containers,

Keeping Seedlings Close to Home On Lovely Greens I mainly feature my allotment garden that sits on a hill above Laxey. It’s a beautiful site but exposed to both the elements and pests so I like to start many of my crops off at home. I can keep a closer eye on my seedlings from the warm conservatory and greenhouse and make sure that slugs and birds don’t take their toll. For that same reason I’ve also decided to grow most of my salad crops at home this year too.

Grow Houseplants that you can Eat With many of us living with smaller outdoor spaces, the popularity of houseplants is on the rise. Bringing them into our homes creates an oasis of peace after a long and stressful day. As the concrete jungle closes around us, we can create our own living jungles to retreat to. House plants have a host of other perks too. They look great intermixed with interior design, can improve indoor air quality, are less demanding than other pets, and some of them will also produce fruit and other edibles.

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