Seeds

I have a bit of a passion at the moment. Well, I have always had it. I am a bit of a closet hippie. But what I really mean is, I love to do lots of arty crafty things, I am loving growing my own food and sharing it, and I am trying to lesson our family’s environmental impact and on our gorgeous planet. Trying to recycle as much as I can, preserve food and I have even started up an excess produce swap group. And to make me even more alternative, I homeschool.

And I absolutely love it all. 
Now, onto the seeds.
Yesterday I made pumpkin Soup for dinner, and decided to save the seeds and hopefully I will be able to plant some and also grow some seedlings to swap with others.
What you need to do is, wash the pulp away from the seeds, and spread out to dry. Leave them for about a week to dry out. I will store them in a brown paper bag and pop them with all my other seeds. They are due for planting in September, October, November and December. So I have a bit of a wait.

Here is the process in photos.




Still a few days before I can pop them into an envelope. 

Here are some other seeds i used the same process with.

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And Eggplant


Here’s hoping they work.

Only had one swap this week, but it was for a lovely kiwi fruit cutting. 

It will pop it up onto the frames I made a month or so ago.

Always trying to make a difference. We throw out so many seeds each day. Maybe you could give it a try? Would love to hear of your successes and what you have learned from trying to grow from seeds.

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

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Happy Easter

I have been quite busy since my last post. Making our outside area a nicer place to be and better organise, receiving items to create some new jeans and even some t shirts.

And of course, all the everyday stuff that keeps you busy.

The little corner of our backyard was once a very ugly shed, and that was taken down and put into another more Hidden spot of the backyard.

A little corner garden was created with a variety of daisies, my crazy good lemon grass, and I made these trellises and there will be a passionfruit vine eventually covering these.


I got this little set from Kmart, and I have put some tea light lanterns in the trees…it looks very pretty at night, and it’s a lovely place to sit in the day.

And the kids are using it already.

We are moving our Vegie patches so we have room for our hammock there, and the patches will be in a sunnier position.
My Facebook group, Western Sydney Home Produce Swap Group is going well on Facebook. Currently at 77 and plenty of people are swapping their surplus produce. There’s lots of questions and interesting articles and good Vegie conversations happening.

Here is my latest swap I did.


I have been busy looking online for lovely things to put on jeans and tops and jackets. Can’t wait until I have more time to get going on my recycled jeans. look for   “Patchy_pants” on the etsy site. I will be getting more on there over the coming weeks.


This morning is Easter Sunday, said happy Easter to you, however you spend the day I hope it’s wonderful.

I usually buy my sisters some chocolate for Easter, but actually forgot, so this morn Ng I whipped up some bickies for them. It’s nearly Anzac biscuits however I used coconut syrup instead of golden syrup.

Made double batch and. Used margarine as we didn’t have butter…. must say, they are pretty delicious, of course Raymond’s me and I had the sample one each. The rest are in this little box, all prettied up for them.


Good Friday saw Maddie, Jess and I heading up to Katoomba to go for a bush walk at Minnie haha falls. Unfortunately, I had never seen traffic like it before, barely up the hill and there was so much traffic…we were almost walking up the hill. So once we eventually got to glenbrook we decided t turn around and give on a different adventure.

We got tickets for the Sydney Easter show. We hadn’t been for man years and I must admit I was pretty excited to go without the struggle of a double pram to navigate through the crowds…lol…

It was a great day….way too much junky food, and Jess and I even snuck in a margarita, and Maddie had a non alcoholic one….we saw animals, lots of people (140000 in fact) and Di lots of walking (12km).

We walked through the produce halls, and was in awe at all the wonderful skill that some people have. I actually got myself 4 showbags, and a kewpie doll. Never had one.

Here are some happy snaps from the day.


Well, that’s about it for now

Until next time

Lots of it

Mandy

Xxx

I am Back

I haven’t posted for a while, but I have been extremely busy. I am starting to recycle jeans and denim skirts, and create how I used to when I scrapbooked, a wonderfully relaxing process which I thoroughly enjoy.

Maddie has been doing some volunteer work at a little place that has some farm type animals there and it has a resident possum. She’s done lots of research and it has ignited her passion to work with animals even further.

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I have been busy trying to get the garden happening, and I have actually finally started a group swap….my crop is kale, and with all this rain, sadly the kale has drowned….so I need to get some up and running again. Can’t wait until it all gets started up properly.

I thoroughhly recommend starting a grow to share group…if you have the opportunity. I have already made some wonderful swaps…fed the family wonderfully healthy food that has been lovingly grown by others, and shared my grown food with others.

A swap and some happy snaps of the garden.

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Thats about it for now. I’m off to the markets over the weekend though pick up some local fruit and veg for the family, so need to get to bed before 12…have 3 minutes to spare.

until next time

lots of it

Mandy xxx