Foraging 101: Foraging Gorse

Gorse, also known as furze pas, whin, and prickly broom, has edible flowers that are traditionally used to make a light and refreshing cordial and wine. It’s native to much of Europe and northwest Africa, and has been naturalized across North America. A member of the pea family, this grow-anywhere, scruffy plant blooms all year […]

how to care for garden tools 1500x1000

How to Care For Your Garden Tools

Caring for your garden tools is an essential part of maintaining your growing space, and getting the most from it. Without proper care, your garden tools quickly degrade, resulting in poor performance, less efficiency and productivity, and eventually forcing you to replace them prematurely. I’m not just talking about your tiller or your hedge cutter–although […]

How Much Does it Cost to Keep Chickens?

If you think you’re going to keep chickens for eggs and save loads of money, you’re wrong. There are ongoing costs associated with keeping a flock of hens, whether you’re keeping them for meat or eggs. The benefits of keeping chickens are many and varied, but saving money isn’t one of them. The benefits of […]

17 Easy Ways to Make Your Food Last Longer

Throwing away food is something most of us are guilty of. It’s wasteful, expensive, and frustrating. According to a report in the Guardian, Americans throw away an incredible 50% of fresh produce. This equates to one third of all food. That’s 60 million tons of food and costs approximately $160 billion every year. The Environmental […]

How to Make Peanut Butter

It’s surprisingly easy to make peanut butter. A good peanut butter recipe contains only a few basic ingredients and takes no more than five minutes to make. The only danger is that is tastes so good, you’ll want to spread it on everything! If you look at the ingredients of commercial peanut butter, it often […]

How to Stop Destructive Behavior in Dogs

  Do you go to bed and come down in the morning to chaos? Do you leave the house only to come back to a doggy-induced nightmare? Cushions ripped to pieces? Favorite shoes decimated? Cupboards chewed? Sofa with gaping holes? Chewed table and chair legs? Stripped wallpaper? It’s a common problem for those with dogs […]

Teaching Your Dog To Leave

This is a basic command that’s absolutely invaluable, yet many people never manage to master it. It’s actually really easy to train your dog to “leave” anything – including food. Because of the recent disturbing spates of poisoning and glass-filled baiting incidents across the country, I thought I’d postpone my planned post and get you […]

Foraging 101: How to Identify and Harvest Hawthorn

It’s pretty easy to identify and harvest hawthorn – I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the easiest plants to forage because it’s so distinctive and grows in abundance across much of the world. Like all wild plants, hawthorn needs to be harvested with care and respect, and there are a number […]

How to Make Hawthorn Tincture With or Without Alcohol

It’s surprisingly easy to make hawthorn tincture, with or without alcohol. Hawthorn is an amazingly powerful healing herb, chock-full of natural compounds. Hawthorn berries, flowers, leaves, and bark are all used to treat a variety of ailments, particularly those associated with the heart, digestion, mental health, skin complains, and more. The oldest known healing herb, […]

hawthorn berries and leaves

Discover All the Health Benefits of Hawthorn Berries, Flowers, Leaves, and Bark

Hawthorn berries, also known as haws, mayblossom, thornapple, and mayflower, are readily available and have an array of potential health benefits. The berries, flowers, leaves, and bark are all used in traditional preparations. All varieties of the hawthorn tree are related to apples and roses. Many varieties, including the Common Hawthorn, are native to Europe […]

50 Simple Ways to Go Green

Most of us would like to be greener, but sometimes it seems like such a huge effort to transform our homes and lifestyles into the ultimate temples of green, zero waste, carbon neutral, uber healthiness. Because it seems like such a huge feat, many people simply don’t bother making any changes. So we’ve compiled a […]

DIY Natural Deodorant That Really Works

Easy DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe That Really Works!

It’s hard to find a DIY natural deodorant that really works. I tried loads of recipes and products, but nothing really seemed to suit me or my family, so I eventually came up with my own natural deodorant recipe, and it works! We all smell lovely and fresh, and we aren’t putting nasty chemicals and […]

How to Grow Strawberries From Scraps

Strawberries are a delicious summer treat. Naturally sweet and bursting with good stuff. They are versatile and, as long as you choose the right varieties, they are easy to grow, and you’ll have beautiful fruit from early summer to early fall. But you really don’t need to spend a small fortune on expensive hybrid plants […]

how to get rid of ants naturally

11 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally That Really Work!

Red ants, brown ants, black ants — there are over a thousand species of ants in North America alone, and most of them are a serious pain the rear. They eat our crops, bite us, and farm aphid colonies to further wreak havoc on our fruit and vegetables. And if they get in your house, […]

warming winter hotpot

Warming Winter Hotpot Recipe

  Delicious, succulent, and warming, this winter hotpot is simple, versatile, and a sure-fire family favorite. It freezes well and is a great choice for a slow cooker recipe, as well as for the oven. Perfect for a winter’s evening, hotpot it’s filled with meat, beans, veg, and tangy, sweet, spicy flavor. Although you can […]