sarah's own natural garden

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Toilet cleaner that became dishwasher powder

homemade dishwasher powder

I’m slowly building up the number of cleaning and beauty products I make at home and am always reading blogs and trying something new.  Hand soap, deodorant and dishwasher powder are the current ones I’m trying to get right. After several attempts I’m happy with this dishwasher powder recipe (you can skip the blurb, take my word that it’s easy and just scroll to the ingredients list and make it).

I didn’t start out out making dishwasher powder with this recipe – I read about a home made cleaning ‘bomb’ that you drop into the toilet bowl, wait for the fizzing to finish then scrub clean.  I love these kind of recipes, the simpler the better so I gave it a go. Continue reading


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A week of eating ugly from the garden

slim pickings in the garden these days

I have a massive veggie garden and people often look at it and assume we’re self-sufficient in vegetables but I buy an embarrassing amount. Last week I decided to be resourceful and only cook with vegetables from the garden.  I was inspired by the high cost of vegetables at the moment and my general love of not wasting things.  Due to our exposed windy site and a terrible summer it’s not been very productive. Yes there’s stuff growing – it’s just half eaten by bugs, in small quantities or kale. How do I make meals from it? Continue reading


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Making pesto from the garden

Pesto recipe

a forage from the garden for pesto and dinner making

a forage from the garden for pesto and dinner making

I love making a mixed green pesto as it uses a variety of raw greens I know are good for me but I probably wouldn’t include in a meal unless I was having a salad or a smoothie.  And I struggle with having a green smoothie. A traditional pesto recipe uses basil, pinenuts, garlic, oil and parmesan cheese but it’s very flexible really. When I make it I swap out pinenuts for whatever cheaper option I have on hand and instead of just basil I use whatever garden greens I’ve got growing .  It’s hard to write a recipe with exact quantities because it depends on what greens you use and what your own taste preference is.  I’m still refining my pesto recipe but this should give you something tasty to work from – Continue reading


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Getting myself organised – monthly goal setting

my kitchen efforts

We’ve been living on our block for a couple of years and I constantly have aspirations of being farm wifey and using my homegrown produce to make pickles, chutneys, jellies etc. I’ve made a few things recently however my red onion chutney was too sweet, the trial jar of mint jelly set (miracle!) but isn’t minty enough and my pickled beetroot isn’t ready to taste yet so I haven’t got any fool proof recipes to write about.  Instead this post is about how to be organised month by month and try and achieve all (well, some) of the things I’d like to.  Setting monthly goals is something I tried several years ago which turned out to be really helpful.  It wasn’t my idea and I can’t remember what the source was but the upshot was: make a list of all the things you’ve been wanting to try and allocate each one to a month.   Continue reading


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Life with chickens

Chino & the chickens

Chino & the chickens

After three years of owning chickens I’d love to say they’re an easy way to keep us in eggs.  While not totally the case I’d still recommend them.  The initial months are spent nervously hovering and checking on them and egg production isn’t consistent but they’re pretty easy to keep really and good fun.

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Seeds from the garden

The veggie garden looks dry and raggedy at this time of the year.  Well, apart from this week when we’ve had much needed rain.  So now it’s looking wet and raggedy.

happy bee

happy bee

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