You don’t always need to handle lye to make soap There are a number of ways to make handmade soap. Some are ‘from-scratch’ methods and others give you ways to cut down on time and avoid having to handle lye. Each method has their pros and cons and are better for some purposes than others. That means that if you’d like, you could use a number of them in your soap making hobby or business. The sky’s the limit when it comes to getting crafty making soap. 1. Cold Process Soap Making

The Seed Swap helps reduce wastage & saves money Share seeds and plants for free at the Isle of Man’s annual Seed Swap. Held each year in spring, it helps reduce waste, save money, and connect gardeners. For the sixth year running I’ve helped to organise a community Seed Swap and Plant Share here on the Isle of Man. The idea is that anyone from the Island can show up, bring spare seeds and plants, and help themselves to what others have brought in. It’s free, easy, reduces wastage, and

The garden is coming back to life Since January I’ve been grafting on my allotment plot. Digging, weeding, spreading manure, building paths, building a pond, and a whole host of other things. It’s finally looking the way I want it to and just in time since the perennials are regrowing. Green shoots of raspberries, perennial onions, and new strawberry leaves are everywhere. Not only that, but my little pond is filled with tadpoles. Subscribe to Lovely Greens on YouTube Frogs eat Slugs Aside from it’s charm, I want my garden

The Bees are Awake All winter long my small black honeybees have been keeping warm inside their hive. They don’t go dormant like other insects but instead eat honey and stay warm by vibrating their little bodies. On clear and calm days they might venture out for a flight but for the most part they’ve stayed inside. Now that spring is here, there’s a good chance that their honey supplies are depleted — just when they need it most. At the end of each year a honeybee colony will naturally decline from about 80K bees to

Four ingredient Key Lime Pie Filling Some desserts take a lot of skill, time, and patience to make and some just don’t. Such is the case with Key Lime Pie. The filling is made out of only four ingredients and if you wanted to, you could use a pre-made pie crust to save even more time. Then you could literally whip the filling together, pop it in the oven, and voilà, one of the best summery pies done and dusted. Key Lime Pie Makes 8 servings Baked Cookie Crust 250g

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