Creative at the Cottage

From the Medicine Garden: Indigenous & Medicinal Lion’s Ear

Leonurus leonotis aka Lion’s Ear is an annual indigenous plant that grows very tall very quickly and likes full sun. Flowers occur in globes which are slightly prickly to touch with thin leaves immediately underneath. Flowers are orange and tubular with four stamens with white filaments.  The stem is very rigid and square. Lion’s Ear is common in fallow fields and is drought resistant and water wise. It likes a well drained soil but I have found it not to…

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Introducing our Medicinal, Herb and Indigenous Garden

Every garden deserves a wild place. Ours is filled with indigenous plants, medicinal herbs and healing plants. It wraps itself around the far corner and along the back wooden fence; closest to where we sit under the shade of the big bottle brush tree that is so often filled with birdsong. It is still new – everything lovingly placed with intention in carefully chosen places. All of these plants will act as companions to our entire garden as they attract…

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The Medicine Garden: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue to Relieve Earrache

A few years ago I attended a talk and demonstration by Master Herbalist, Peter M Von Maltitz who shared some of his (vast) knowledge of medicinal plants and herbs with us. It was fascinating and I took copious amounts of notes. He told us that in Nature, the problem is often the solution. A good example of this would be stinging nettle. It irritates the skin with thin, spiny bristles while at the same time it contains compounds in the…

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2 Ingredient All Natural, All Purpose Cleaner

If you have vinegar at home you can make this simple all purpose cleaner by adding some citrus peels and giving it time to infuse. This all purpose cleaner has so many uses! It is child and pet friendly, won’t burn your eyes and it doesn’t smell like vinegar! Plus with winter coming up, there are sure to be plenty of citrus peels you can use. As you can see in our picture, Irie cat approves! What You Need: Jar…

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2 Minute Homemade Mayo

Here is THE easiest homemade mayo recipe, ever! It’s very creamy and makes a great base for dips. Why not have some fun by adding some freshly chopped herbs? What You Need: Stick Blender Tall container with wide enough neck for your blender to fit into or even better, a wide necked jar with a lid that you can store your mayo in right away 1 cup good quality LIGHT olive oil OR 1 cup good quality avocado oil 1…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 3: The Second Ferment

A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 1: The Set Up A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 2: The First Ferment So now you want to flavour your brew. This is where things start to get really interesting! What You Need: These are the things you will need on hand to make your start your second ferment: A Ceramic Bowl to lay your scoby in A Wooden Spoon A Plastic Sieve A Jug to pour your brew into Clean Dark Glass…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 2: The First Ferment

A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 1: The Set Up Ok, so you are now ready to brew your booch. Follow these simple steps and guidelines and keep in touch regarding your progress – we’d love to hear from you. A Word on Water While you can use any water to brew Kombucha, I highly recommend that you find a good source of natural spring water. If you are lucky enough to live near a natural spring, use this for…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 1: The Set Up

I first discovered kombucha while visiting a friend. She noticed my curious glances over at the rather strange looking “floater” in a large jar of what seemed to be tea sitting on her counter. She explained that the floater was indeed a scoby and that she was brewing kombucha. Then she asked if I would like to try some. For sure! It was very much like drinking a fruit champagne. She had flavoured hers with pear and ginger. It was…

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DIY Worm Farm in a Bath

First of all I have to say how much we love the synchronicity of how we managed to acquire our baths! For a long time Kathy and I have wanted to farm our worms in a bath but space was always an issue; but as soon as we knew we were moving over to our much bigger new garden, the dream turned from when to how. Where would we find old baths?  Getting fencing to put up around our new…

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