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DIY Laundry Powder

Home-Grown Laundry Powder I love living sustainably, and being self-sufficient. I love making things and I have always dabbled at making my own household cleaners and products from leather conditioner to window cleaner. At the back of my mind, I always wanted to try making my own dishwasher powder, and laundry powder. Before Lockdown, I…

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Preserving Autumn Feijoa Fruits

A daily haul of feijoas Feijoas are wonderful Autumn fruits! Every New Zealand house should have a lemon and feijoa tree! Such versatile fruits and so easy to grow. A mature feijoa tree can produce between 15 and 25kg of fruit! So you can imagine how much we collect from our 8 trees! Gulp! Yes,…

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BananaRama Vegan Bread

A tisket, a tasket, a ripe and yellow basket!! Who said you couldn’t grow bananas in a non-tropical location? Yes, they get hammered by New Zealand’s Wintery blasts, but they are real hardy guys! Come Spring, they bounce back and sprout forth again. Did you know that a banana palm is closely related to ginger?…

Rhubarb Revolution

Rhubarb is easy to divide up after a couple of years. Okay, I am super excited about Rhubarb and have already waxed lyrical over it’s benefits in the past. But as you know, there is only so much compote you can make and eat. So one day, after harvesting a big bunch of juicy stalks,…

Nasturtium Pesto

Very healthy Nasturtium and Kawakawa Pesto Yes, you heard right! I make basil pesto in summer, parsley pesto in Autumn, and Nasturtium pesto in Winter. If you’ve ever planted nasturtiums in your garden, you’ll know they are prolific! They will veritably cover vast swathes of your garden seemingly overnight! Orange and yellow Nasturtium and blue…

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Olive Leaf Extract

Mid March/April is Olive Time. It’s the time to start picking olives, preparing them and bottling them. It is quite an exciting time and for some, a tedious process of washing the olives twice daily but for me, a daily ritual that I love. You see I love olives, I was introduced to them by…

DIY Dishwasher Powder Recipe

I’ve always been interested in making my own personal care and household products. This way, I know what goes into them.....no harsh chemicals to affect my health, that of my family, or the planet. So I was chuffed when I found a recipe in an old Organic NZ magazine from 2012, featuring a dishwashing powder…