Handmade soap with dried peppermint & essential oil This natural peppermint soap recipe is great for full-body use and even for the face, especially if you have oily skin. It’s scented with peppermint essential oil that leaves a refreshing and slightly tingly feeling on your skin. The peppermint leaves in the recipe can come from your own garden or even from a peppermint tea bag. Filming the Soap Making Process The first batch of soap I ever tried to make was natural Peppermint. That first attempt didn’t go so well and I recall

March in the Allotment Garden It’s still cold and windy at the allotment garden but new growth is popping up all over our field. In this video I also take a look at some of my completed winter gardening projects including the wildlife pond, the woven garden edging, and two raised beds. Subscribe to the Lovely Greens Youtube channel for more videos featuring edible gardening, DIY projects, beekeeping, and handmade beauty recipes.

You don’t need new pots and trays to start seeds It’s finally getting to that point of the year — seed sowing time. From now until the summer I’ll be sowing a lot of my allotment garden veg at home and then planting it out. I do this to give my plants an easier, and earlier start in life and to help them avoid slugs and other pests as they’re just emerging. While I do have plenty of purpose-made seed trays and modules to grow them in, I also use a lot

Our sixth annual Seed Swap will be on Sunday, April 9th Every year I help to organise a gardening community event here on the Isle of Man — the Seed Swap, Plant Share, and Gardeners’ Social. It’s a free event open to the public and to all gardening skill levels. The idea is to help reduce seed wastage while saving money on buying seeds. This year we’ll be hosting the event at the Laxey Sailing Club on Sunday, April 9th from 1-4pm. All are welcome and you can add it

A small family-owned nursery on the Isle of Man I’ve been tidying up the greenhouse and thoughts of tomatoes have been on my mind. Mainly I’ve been thinking about where to buy plants and which varieties to choose. Last year I grew Red and Yellow Currant tomatoes which are tiny and unusual but this year I want to grow something more traditional. I’ve been envisioning growing a sweet salad tomato and ‘Gardeners Delight‘, a cherry tomato that I know I love. With this in mind, my interest was piqued at a post that Ballanelson

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