sarah's own natural garden

updates from our lifestyle block – gardening, chickens, green cleaning and more

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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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Sprouting grains for the chickens


Why sprout?

I’ve been reading lots of blogs from people who make their own chicken food.  I’d like to do the same but it seems to involve alot of ingredients and care needs to be taken to get the right amount of protein and calcium so for now they mostly eat bought pellets with a ‘treat’ portion of mixed seeds.

On the path to making our own chicken food I have started sprouting wheat to add to the meal (not home grown but maybe one day!)  Sprouting grains unlocks the nutrients so is beneficial just as it is for us eating sprouted food.   Sprouting the wheat multiplies the initial volume so is also cost effective.  I’ve seen a couple of set ups where people do this as the everyday feed and wanted to give it a try.

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Pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Living on a block of land (about 4acres) has endless possibilities but it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll ever be fully ‘self sufficient’.  I have to be realistic with the things that I could buy and grow. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are two things I’ve tried to grow for the last few years because we use alot of them –   IMG_9214I use them in my home made museli, we add them to salads and I’d like to feed them to the chickens (they’re good for worming).  In an ideal world I’d have a glut and could just eat them as a healthy snack as well. You need to grow specific varieties to get edible seeds – the regular ones have an outer hull that involves too much time and effort to remove to make it worth while.

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