Grow it, Make it, Cook it
Growing a practical edible garden geared towards wholesome food & diy skincare
At the heart of Lovely Greens is the idea of first growing it yourself, then using what you grow in the kitchen, home, and in projects. Organic gardening for beauty products is a major topic and if you’re here to learn how to make natural handmade soap with homegrown herbs you’re in the right place.
There’s plenty of other creative ideas for you here too, whether you’re here to learn gardening basics or are looking for crafty inspiration. Browse all gardening project ideas
Browse Gardening Articles
Gardening is a therapeutic, useful, and delicious hobby. You can grow flowers that beautify, fresh vegetables for home cooked meals, or herbs and plants to make handmade beauty products. Here are some popular gardening articles and projects here on Lovely Greens:
- 30+ Garden Projects using Sticks & Twigs
- The Lazy Gardener: 22 Time & Effort Saving Gardening Tips
- How to build a Better Strawberry Pallet Planter
- How to grow and use Calendula Flowers for Beauty & Cooking
- Browse Gardening DIY Projects
Gardening for Beauty
Many homegrown herbs, flowers, and vegetables can be used to make soap and beauty products. Peppermint can be used to make zesty soap, chamomile in soothing lip balm, and even wild foraged rose petals to make handmade lotion. Lovely Greens shares tips on gardening for beauty alongside gardening for the table. Here’s some recipes to get you started:
- Growing a Beauty & Skincare Garden
- Gardeners Hand Soap Recipe
- Wild Rose & Honey Hand Cream
- Vanilla & Cocoa Butter Lip Balm recipe
- Browse more beauty & Soap Recipes
A Little about my Garden
I’ve been gardening in containers, flower beds, indoors, and my allotment garden since 2009. Before then I hadn’t stuck a finger in the dirt for years but had childhood memories of growing veggies with Grandma and my own little flower garden. I caught the gardening bug shortly after.
My current set-up is a small greenhouse and conservatory, pots and a flower bed at the house, and a 30X40′ allotment garden. I live on the Isle of Man which maintains the wartime tradition of allotments — community gardens where individuals rent out space to grow their own food. In my organic garden I grow berries, vegetables, fruit, flowers for the bees, and herbs that I use in the kitchen and in beauty products.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I see more on your garden?
- I’m on the Isle of Man and would like an allotment. Who do I need to speak to?
- Head over to this website to get more information
- Where should I start if I’m a complete gardening beginner?
- Read read read. Get inspiration from blogs like Lovely Greens, gardening books, and gardening tv shows. I also recommend that you read this article on 15 Mistakes that Beginner Gardeners Make. It will help you avoid some of the pitfalls.
- What type of greenhouse do you have?
- I have the Palram Harmony greenhouse that’s made of virtually indestructible plastic. Very handy since we do have a lot of storms on the Isle of Man in the winter. It’s 6×8′ and I’ve built a trench container along one side for growing tomatoes. On the other side I have a potting bench diy’d from a wood pallet.