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by barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Making natural cosmetics book
Replies: 3
Views: 3197

Re: Making natural cosmetics book

Update: I made a body butter bar a few days ago - so simple, only 3 ingredients! - and it's wonderful. No more faffing around scooping moisturiser out of a pot, just rub it on and you're done!
I've ordered myself some soy wax and cotton wicks and I'm going to attempt a candle next - wish me luck!
by barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Making natural cosmetics book
Replies: 3
Views: 3197

Re: Making natural cosmetics book

Good stuff. I've been making my own toiletries for years. I find, over the years, they've got simpler. These days I use oil (coconut/olive), aloe vera and essential oils for pretty much everything! I've just discovered coconut oil myself, what a wonder! I like the unrefined stuff because it has tha...
by barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 58
Views: 13657

Re: What are you growing right now?

It's my first time growing cauliflowers and they're starting to get big (I bought them as plug plants). I don't have enough room in my planting beds to keep them all spaced out enough, so does anyone know if they would be alright growing in pots? Say, if I put them individually in medium sized pots....
by barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 58
Views: 13657

Re: What are you growing right now?

The easiest way to tell when onions are ready is they fall over, that is the leaves fall over and bends (kinks) just above the bulb. When they do that they are ready to use, but if you want to store them wait until the leaves are dead and the bulbs have ripened. If you want to hasten the process yo...
by barbarajohnson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 58
Views: 13657

Re: What are you growing right now?

I don't see a problem getting kits, especially if you're new to doing something and want to give it a try. My daughter bought me one a few years back - growing coffee on spent coffee grounds. It was good fun. Unfortunately we haven't had as much success without the kit! That does sound fun! :iconbi...
by barbarajohnson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 58
Views: 13657

Re: What are you growing right now?

I've got peppers, strawberries, tomatoes and cauliflowers in the garden at the moment. Oh, and onions. I'm a bit dubious about harvesting the onions because a couple of times I've thought they looked ready then I pulled one out and it was tiny! They have such fat stalks but the onions themselves hav...
by barbarajohnson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Making natural cosmetics book
Replies: 3
Views: 3197

Making natural cosmetics book

I've been interested in making my own cosmetics and shower gels and the such for a while now. I know there are shops where you can buy natural and plastic free things but they're so expensive! So I thought I'd have a go at making my own. I picked up this book: https://www.tenderessence.com/products/...
by barbarajohnson
Tue May 14, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 93
Views: 63170

Re: Banish Plastic

The fruit and veggie aisle in the supermarket really gets to me - so many unnecessary plastic bags that can't be recycled! My local supermarket actually went backwards at one point, the spring onions which are usually simply bunched with an elastic band, were one day in plastic bags! :roll: I stoppe...
by barbarajohnson
Thu May 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 93
Views: 63170

Re: Banish Plastic

Green Aura wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 10:40 am
That's the point where you start making your own! :iconbiggrin:
Ooh, make my own yoghurt? I feel silly - I didn't know you could do that! :lol:
by barbarajohnson
Thu May 09, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 93
Views: 63170

Re: Banish Plastic

Flo wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:04 am
Interesting thought - keep all your plastic containers and such as they could be come valuable.
I yoghurt pots to use as planters in the garden. It's great at first but comes a point where you are still eating yoghurt but have no need for any more planters :?
by barbarajohnson
Thu May 09, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from UK
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Hello from UK

Hello everyone, I'm Barbara! :wave: I'm from the UK and lately I've been trying to get better for the environment and be more self sufficient-ish. I've got a little garden going although I had some trouble germinating seeds, may have to go buy some young plants instead! I'm sure I'll get better at i...