GARDENING TO KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP

GARDENING TO KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP

APRIL TIPS FOR GARDENERS

Give roses a last feed of fertilizer (3:1:5) and deadhead regularly (Shrub roses)

  • Plant Winter and Spring seedlings (Annuals). Add compost and bonemeal
  • Cut back dead summer flowers (Perennials)
  • Prune and take cuttings of Plectranthus, Hydrangeas, Abelias
  • Feed aloes and succulents, 3:1:5
  • Divide crowded plants, mulch and fertilise
  • Plant Spring-flowering bulbs , except Tulips
  • Protect tender flowering plants such as Begonias, Impatiens, Coleus
  • Give lawns a final feed
  • Flowering now :
  • Cape Laburnum, Verbena, Zinnia, Japanese Anemones, Pineapple Sage, Celosia
  • Plant now:
  • Sun : Pansies, Foxgloves, Stocks, Snapdragons, Iceland Poppies
  • Shade : Cineraria, Primulas
  • (Sources : our gardeners and April Garden & Home)

THREE WAYS TO PROTECT THOSE HANDS

In these uncertain times, Corona virus has given us all perhaps too much time on our hands. Those of us who love gardening will find solace there, BUT with all the hand washing we are already doing as protection, we need a way to get the ordinary grime off those mitts without shredding the skin. Here are three easy recipes to try for softening hand scrubs.

SIMPLE SUGAR HAND SCRUB

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil or olive oil (or any other oil in fact!)
  • essential oil of your choice
  • ½ tsp Vitamin E oil or 2 capsules squeezed (optional)
  • Pre sterilise a wide mouth jar and allow to cool.
  • Use a clean spoon to mix all the ingredients in it thoroughly. This saves washing up !

Keep securely lidded next to the sink. Use about a teaspoon full and massage into your hands especially round the nails. Rinse thoroughly with warm water then wash as usual with mild soap.

You will find your need for hand cream is reduced.

COFFEE HAND SCRUB

Who doesn’t love the aroma of coffee?

  • ½ cup fresh coffee grounds
  • ½ cup sugar OR salt (not your best himalayan)
  • 1/4- ½ cup coconut or other oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon or vanilla extract (optional)

Pre sterilise your wide mouth jar.

In cold weather your coconut oil may be quite solid. melt it for a few seconds in the microwave.

Allow to cool but still be liquid.

Mix in all the other ingredients and store securely lidded by the sink.

Use as above.

ORANGE AND CLOVE HAND SCRUB

This one is a bit different

Start with your sterilised wide mouth jar.

  • 1 cup fine salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2T liquid castile soap (in a pinch you could use mild dish washing liquid)
  • 15 drops orange oil
  • Grated zest of an orange
  • 1Tbsp ground cloves

Mix all together in the jar. Use 1-2 tsp on wet hands. The soap helps it to foam all in one.

Orange oil is antibacterial as is the salt.

1 Comment


  1. Lizette Hendry

    Practical, quick and easy recipes

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