grow your own blog

What a week we’ve had – my daughter came down with chickenpox.  The poor thing has been suffering with it, although not as badly as some.  Itchy spots and a slight fever – nothing that lots and lots of cuddles can’t fix.  Consequently, we’ve been house-bound all of this week, so my photos are a bit home-based while we sit out her quarantine:

growing your own vegetables

Our seeds are a sprouting!  We’ve got courgettes, beans, and patty pans growing, and we’re trying out cucamelons this year for the first time.  Apparently, they’re like little limey cucumbers.  I’m very intrigued!  They’re planted in peat-free compost, and recycled containers to help make our garden as green as possible! The cucamelons are taking their own sweet time to grow, but everything else has shot up.

lemonbalm tea

Making lemon balm tea, made from the lemon balm plant in our garden.  For years I had no idea that lemon balm was edible – now I’m kicking myself for all of the cups of tea I’ve missed out on over the years from our gigantic plant!  To make caffeine-free lemon balm tea, just pick a few lemon balm leaves, give them a wash, tear them up into small pieces, and infuse with boiling water for about 10 minutes.  It’s got a nice subtle herbal lemon taste to it.

edible lemonbalm

More lemon balm!  I’m officially obsessed!

green people toothpaste peppermint and aloe vera

Trying out a new natural toothpaste.  I’m on a mission to find the best one ever – will share my findings once I’ve found it!  This Green People one* is pretty decent.

plan city wooden vehicles

Distracting my daughter from the dreaded itching with her wooden vehicles from her birthday.  The steam roller is my favourite!

On to the links.  I’ve actually not managed to read much this week but the things I did read were pretty good.  Definitely worth sharing:

I always thought fonts were simply an aesthetic choice, but this week I was proved wrong when I found out that fonts can be eco-friendly (and aesthetic at the same time).

I’ve read the blog Peonies and Polaroids for years.  As well as being an amazing photographer, Cara is also a fantastic writer.  One of the best around.  This post on her amateur gardening (and more) proves to be no exception.

I found this article interesting – why green milk bottle tops aren’t actually green.

Also, my internet friend Mel did a little interview with me on her blog – I’m talking about ethical fashion and buying secondhand if you want to have a look.

From the Moral Fibres archives:  gardening tips for renters; a beautiful house tour; and ethical alternatives to using Amazon.

And that’s it for this week – have a great weekend folks!  Up to anything fun?  We’re more than likely going to be sitting out the pox, and planning to do all the things next week when we can finally leave the house!

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