Preserve spring rhubarb in sweet soft-set jam Make sweet soft-set rhubarb jam with tender red rhubarb stems. Make it with only three ingredients and very simple instructions. Spring rhubarb is the earliest homegrown treat but it only lasts a short while. After spring you’ll need to wait another year to taste it again so while the stems are red you should set about making jam. Especially sweet soft-set jam that can be spooned over pancakes, desserts, ice cream, and buttered bread. This recipe will make four small jars so if you’d like more, double

Creative garden features you can DIY for free You can spend a fortune kitting out your garden with edging, artwork, plant supports, and other garden features. Fortunately, there’s a lot of projects that you can DIY. Better yet, you can do-it-yourself with free materials like sticks and branches. When you’re next pruning your trees, bushes, grapevines, or raspberry canes, set the pieces aside for some of these projects. If you have willow growing on your land even better since it can be used to create all sorts of attractive and useful

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,

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