Raw and fermented food and beverage is the trend now so I might as well hitch a ride 🙂 Actually, one of the swappers has requested me to write about this as she has excess to share but can't describe/explain what they are. So here I am writing from what I can find online, and … Continue reading Fermented tea, anyone?
Our neighbours were downsizing and we inherited a set of Ikea solid wood bed slats from their storage. The wood can make a good shelving unit but we ended up with this 'box' which could very well be a pretty planter box, although I made it a seat / storage box. It is quite simple … Continue reading Bed slats need not be flat
Just a short post today to tie in with the recycling challenge and guess what? It's more about plastic milk bottles! I watched this video featured on The Permaculture Research Institute "A DIY Guide to Wicking Beds" and read about the media-less wicking beds. And then I thought that we could use those plastic milk bottles … Continue reading Plastic milk bottles wicking bed?
Remember the milk bottle hanging planters? The upside down tomatoes don't do as well as the ones on the ground but it can work and will even give you a few tomatoes. I won't do it again unless I'm really short of space. The ones that do really well in these containers are spring onions … Continue reading Spring onions and chives
We've been brewing and drinking water kefir for more than a year now. We may be ready to add new 'pets' to our collection now 🙂 For those who love dairy (like my boys), milk kefir drink would be a good option for a dose of beneficial bacteria. Milk kefir drink is not new but … Continue reading Milk Kefir Drink
Remember my post on using plastic milk bottles as hanging planters? This season, I've tried them upside down too - with tomatoes. Here's a picture of one tomato seedling right after transplanting. I lined the bottles with old sheets and newspaper, in the hope that water will be better retained. Sometimes I also use worn … Continue reading Upside down hanging planters
Hello! I’m Jess and I’m a newcomer. I am as yet, uninitiated into Croydon Food Swap (CFS) meetings and I’m also in my first year of gardening school (I’m currently attending the Croydon South Gardening School of Life: it’s very salubrious, very tongue in cheek and consists of me, my backyard, my library card, the … Continue reading Be The Change
We've recently had a bout of chook mites that is the worst ever and we only have 2 chooks now! It appears that this time they were 2 different types; red mites and fowl mites (tropical/northern, not sure). We've had red mites before but not the latter, and I think they are the ones that … Continue reading Chook mites
Also known as Euphorbia peplus, it is considered a weed in most gardens. If you didn't know its medicinal use, you wouldn't believe if I told you that the seeds are sold for growing your own radium weed herbs. Thanks to Ros who shared her experience recently, I now know this weed by name and … Continue reading Radium Weed *
We don't drink a lot of milk but we still have a 2L plastic milk bottle to throw into the recycling bin once a week. I guess it's not too bad that it's getting recycled and not going to landfill but I still felt compelled to find a better way of reusing them till they … Continue reading Repurposing milk or water bottles to irrigate your garden