No great thing is suddenly created.EPICTETUS
We are already a quarter of our way through 2019, and I find myself reminding myself “No great thing is suddenly created.”
I’m impatient about the progress in the garden, and I’m growing impatient for cooler weather! I’m impatient for all I want to get done in a week and always
But, I enjoy these monthly recaps and sneak peeks! They help me see how much progress I have actually made, and get me excited for the coming month.
March Garden Recap
March was HOT. Summer hot with temperatures spiking up into the high thirties and barely falling to the mid-twenties. It rained for one glorious day, which happened to be the day my son was planning a tent-camp in the backyard with his mates for his 12th birthday. We scrambled to make other plans!
I looked at Perth’s indigenous seasons, as observed by our Nyoongar people, and my climate now makes more sense. So while we are technically in Autumn, I know it is our “second summer” season, Bunuru. The good news is Djeran is on its way, with a lovely cool change.
Our budget for the front garden plan took a hit, but after taking another look, I have finally come up with a plan for my front garden that I am really excited about.
The new beds are going to require some structure, so I investigated my top 10 perennial herbs suitable for borders. Some seeds are already tucked in the greenhouse germinating, getting ready for planting!
I also discovered how I can simplify my succession planting process so that I can keep my soil (and plants!) thriving year round.
My soil is essentially beach sand, so I shared my own slow-release fertiliser and soil improver recipe. I have made a few batches, ready to go for when we break ground on the new front garden!
April Garden Preview
There is so much coming up in the garden in April, I’m not quite sure where to start! I will take you through how I raise my seeds, a process I have refined after many years of trial and error! Plus, I have all my composting systems at full speed and will share composting basics, plus some ways to generate plant-based nutrients for your garden that you may not have tried.
I make more Ollas, an update from this post (one of my most popular posts!) and freshen up my garden tools. Plus, I’ll share my new favourite way to grow potatoes.
March Kitchen Recap
March I put my new dehydrator through its paces with a number of tasty experiments, some more successful than others. But my dried fruit and fruit leather recipes were firm favourites in our house and have been made many times over!
As the last of the tomato season is upon us, I made another family favourite, Roast Tomato and Caper Pasta with vegan Parmesan. If you haven’t tried it, put it on the menu before you have to wait until next tomato season!
I love condiments, to add extra oomph as flavour to my meals, and I shared my five favourite, whole food, plant-based, vegan condiment recipes. So much tastiness in one post, which was your favourite?
I rounded out March with my favourite plant-based staple, hummus. My recipe is so easy, you can always have some in the fridge ready for snacking. Did you try the chocolate hummus?
Hummus is incredibly versatile, you can eat it with a different twist each time! Plus, I shared my Nan’s recipe for the best pita chips.
April Kitchen Preview
April means easter, so I share some lovely vegan easter candies and treats to make for yourself or the plant-based people in your life! I really enjoyed this post! My 13 year old daughter was keen to participate and we had great fun putting this together! You wont want to miss it.
While not a traditional Easter activity, the olives are ripe at my parent’s weekender in Lancelin, so I share with you my tried and true olive preserving method. Plus, we attend the annual Lancelin CWA fete, always full of tasty preserves and treats.
I (finally) share my vegan Almond Fetta recipe and use it in a delicious egg-free frittata which is divine, perfect for a brunch with friends or a tasty family meal.
Plus, as the weather cools, I share my favourite oatmeal recipes for you to try for a hearty breakfast that sets you up for the day.
March Apothecary Recap.
In March, I shared with you my morning shower routine. Anyone with a young family can attest that mornings can be the most challenging part of the day, so a good shower routine can feel like an early win!
I shared my favourite essential oils for beginners who are starting their collection. These are my can’t-live-without most versatile choices and they are also easy to find. Check it out!
If you are spending a fortune at the health food store on herbal supplements and tinctures, I show you how to make your own in this post. As soon as these ones are ready, I am going to make more using lemon balm, orange zest,
Curious about which facial oil is best suited to your skin? I shared which plant-based oils are least likely to cause a breakout while nourishing your particular skin type.
And if you get bothered by bugs and bites in the garden, I share how you can avoid them, and treat any bites you get with my Soothing Bug Bite Gel. I keep this in my fridge at all times!
April Apothecary Preview
I have been experimenting with kombucha scoby facial preparations and have a few recipes almost ready to share, they still
Do love candles and wish you could make your own? I share how to make your own beeswax candles in some beautiful vintage vases I found at my local charity shop. Keep your eyes peeled for the perfect candle jar for next month.
Plus, I’m tired of coming inside from the garden to wash my hands and dirtying up my sink so I show you some easy gardener soap ideas that can live exactly where you need them, outside on the garden tap!
If you have been considering setting up your own home apothecary, I will give you a tour of my apothecary cabinet and share my beginners guide to creating your own apothecary at home.
I have finally found a skincare routine that works for me, but it goes more than skin deep. I’ll share my before and after results with you!
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I hope you had a great March, here’s to a great April!