Grow it, Make it, Cook it
Learn to grow wholesome food & plant-based skincare in your own practical garden
At the heart of Lovely Greens is the idea of growing your own and using your harvests to better your health and well being. 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.
For me growing a garden is as much about creating a beautiful green space as it is about practicality. I like to grow plants that serve at least two purposes. That could be plants that look great but are also edible, healing, therapeutic, or provide food for wildlife. Here on Lovely Greens I show how I grow them and creatively use them in the kitchen and beauty.
A Practical Garden filled with Herbs, Flowers, & Plants
There are all kinds of gardeners in the world. People who love their house plants, herbaceous borders, succulents, or are fascinated by a single type of flower. I’m the kind of gardener that likes to put the garden to use. I grow a practical garden.
As a practical gardener, I feel that it’s important to keep the garden as toxic-free as possible. One reason that I garden organically is that each herb, flower, and vegetable that I grow is going to end up either in me or someone I love. The bees and butterflies are going to have their fill and hedgehogs are going to have a root around too. I’m also a recent convert to the no-dig gardening method and am very much influenced by Charles Dowding and his wonderful kitchen garden. He’s opened my eyes to the wonders below our feet and the idea that the soil is its own fragile ecosystem.
- Growing a Beauty & Skincare Garden
- Tips on Growing Lavender and using it in Skincare
- Growing and using Calendula Flowers
- Browse Kitchen Gardening Ideas
Plant Based Beauty Recipes
You can use many homegrown herbs, flowers, and vegetablesto make soap and beauty products. Peppermint in zesty soap, chamomile in soothing lip balm, and even wild foraged rose petals to make handmade lotion. Here’s some recipes and ideas to get you started:
- 4-Part Natural Soap Making Series
- Natural Rosemary Soap Recipe
- Rose Petal Body Cream Recipe
- Lavender Body Balm Recipe
- Browse more beauty & Soap Recipes
Creative Garden Projects
The creativity doesn’t stop with plants — I love sharing garden projects that you can make with natural and upcycled materials. They could be pretty stepping stones for the garden or pallet projects that help you grow food in small spaces.
- 30+ Garden Projects using Sticks & Twigs
- Sea Glass Stepping Stone Tutorial
- How to build a Better Strawberry Pallet Planter
- How to build a small garden pond
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
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 home garden with a greenhouse and an 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.