Autumn Gardening Tasks There’s a video that goes along with this garden update. You can watch it at the end or on YouTube The days are getting shorter, colder, and quieter. It’s not just the plants in my allotment garden that are drawing the curtains on summer either — it’s most of the other plot holders too. For me that means that on clear November days the field is all mine. There are four main autumn gardening tasks that have been on my to-do list. First of all, pruning the

You shouldn’t feed Honey to Bees Some people might see the title of this piece and feel outraged. That’s because if there’s one thing you should never do when it comes to feeding bees, it’s feeding them honey. At least when it comes from an unknown source. Honey can be dangerous to bees and in some circumstances end up killing them. So why am I feeding one of my colonies gallons of it? Bulking up Winter Honey Stores One of a beekeeper’s most important duties is winterizing their colonies. Depending

Turnips are more Traditional than Pumpkins How to easily hollow out and carve a turnip jack-o-lantern. These traditional European lanterns pre-date pumpkin carving and can have an even scarier effect On the Isle of Man the 31st of October isn’t Halloween, it’s Hop tu Naa. Instead of celebrating a day for the dead, it’s the Celtic new years eve and has been around long before the modern holiday. The two holidays are different but have similarities. One is that it’s a lot more traditional to carve turnips, known locally as

Golden Honey & Golden Swirls This natural honey soap recipe creates bars that look like fudge but have none of the calories. It’s made with simple layers of creamy and mica tinted soap batter and subtly scented with raw golden honey. Dressed up in festive bakers twine and sprinkles of gold mica, it makes a lovely and guilt-free gift. Festive Honey Soap Recipe This one pound (454g) recipe will create 5-6 standard sized bars. If you’re interested in getting the same soap mould, there’s a link below. Lye Solution 124g

Pumpkin Pie isn’t made of Pumpkin I’m about to shatter your childhood illusions. You know those creamy pumpkin pies you chow down into each Thanksgiving? Well, it turns out there’s no real “pumpkin” in them in at all. Recently, I was researching the best pumpkin varieties for eating when I decided to look into Libby’s pumpkin purée. It has great flavor and is what most people use to make pumpkin pie. What variety is it that they use though? I was more than a little surprised to find out that

Make your own sweet and citrusy natural soap Working with citrus essential oils in soap making can be tricky. They tend to fade over time and can leave you feeling disappointed after the cure time is up. This recipe helps preserve the scent for longer by using a natural scent fixative that also smells citrusy — May chang essential oil. Blended with sweet orange, may chang, and cedarwood, the scent is zesty with a sweet woodsy base. It’s also decorated with tiny pieces of orange zest that are naturally rich

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