A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; aboveGertrude Jekyll
allit teaches entire trust.
I wish February went for longer, but I’m happy to wish Summer on its merry way! I’m ready for some cool and rain!
February is always a bit of an odd month in my garden, it’s really too hot to sow anything, and the hot spikes can throw the plants into stress and me along with them!
Thankfully, a gardeners work is not always outside, so I busied myself cataloguing my seed bank. If you haven’t managed to download your free seed packet labels, make sure you do it soon!
On the too-hot-to-tread-outside days, I have been sewing up a stash of homemade jiffy pots, so I can be well prepared when planting season finally starts!
I got a touch too much sun while restoring my teak garden recliner I found in the classifieds, but the hot and windy days made quick work of the job! I love it, such a comfortable chair to relax in the cool of the evening.
My greenhouse is sheltered from the wind and the sun, I have a tiny corner of the garden that feels lush! I still managed a bit of planting this month, although everything went into pots. So I had a look at plants that love pots, and the others who prefer to sprawl in a bed!
We kicked off February with a Valentine’s Day Menu that was entirely plant-based and alcohol-free. Be sure to bookmark this post for special occasions! The chocolate fudge went so fast, I haven’t made it again because it was too delicious, and I confess, on more than one occasion, I scooped a spoonful straight from the jar!
I looked at what herbs are wonderful to grow for herbal tea, and the greenhouse is filling up with delicate and beautifully scented herbs. I am already thinking a dedicated herbal tea patch will have to be added to my garden plan!
I am certain my kids could eat their own weight in crackers, so I shared with you my super-easy, never fail cracker recipe. Have you created your own signature cracker flavour? Let me know!
Cheese and crackers go together like a kiss and a cuddle! But supermarket chain plant-based cheeses can be pretty disappointing. I shared my cashew cheese recipes, that can be made and enjoyed on the same day without any fuss! Have you tried cashew cheese? What did you think?
I hope you found your favourite luxurious clay facial mask and have been using it this month! I adore the Pink Clay, Pink Salt and Jasmine, while my daughter loves the Green Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar and Comfrey.
When it comes to bath soaks and salts, I like to go big! Scant, mean little doses of bath salts are the opposite of luxury. So I shared my favourite bath salt and soak recipes with you. Economical and easy but utterly decadent, if you haven’t tried them for yourself, be sure to schedule some self-care time ASAP!
Feeling like you need a bit of a change-up in your hair-care routine? Willing to try something different? I shared my ShamPhree experience and detailed how this unusual process works. Curious? Give it a try and let me know how you go!
Speaking of different, I shared some recipes for homemade oral care products, including chocolate toothpaste! I was astonished to discover how beneficial plant-based, DIY toothpaste can be, so be sure to give them a try for yourself!
What’s Growing on in March?
As we head into March, it is officially Autumn here down under, but I investigate my local, indigeonous seasons, and discover how they can be much more insigtful to my local weather and seasons. I share what plantings I have planned for the season ahead, and give you a bit of a garden update.
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In the kitchen, I share my favourite new way to preserve, dehydrating! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already had a sneak peek at the delicious morsels emerging from my dehydrator! There has been much experimentation, with some great results, I can’t wait to share with you.
I make some easy refrigerator pickles, so you can have a tasty selection of condiments available at any time! Plus I share our family favourite pasta sauce, roast baby tomatoes with garlic and capers.
In February, we made easy cashew cheeses, and in March, I take things up a notch and share the best ever vegan fetta recipe! You won’t want to miss it!
On the first day of March, I share with you my invigorating morning shower routine that gets my day off to a great start. I experiment with kombucha
Later in the month, I share how to make potent herbal extracts without making an alcohol-based tincture, and we look at all the things that make us itch, and how we can soothe the scratchiness.
I do hope you are enjoying A Farm of Your Home’s return this year! I am so appreciative of everyone who has taken the time to leave me a lovely comment or reach out to me on social media. Thank you!