Turn Garden Abudance Into Handmade Soap


Overgrown Cucumbers are Great for Making Soap 

Overgrown cucumbers are great for making soap.
Photo by Sarah Hart Morgan

We all know canning, freezing, and drying are the best ways to use and store the abundance from our gardens. But have you ever thought of making soap with your garden abundance? This time of year is my favorite; the garden is overflowing with tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and herbs. But at some point in late August, early September I am frankly, quite tired of washing, cutting, milling, canning, and cleaning up from a day spent of processing vegetables. Dont’ get me wrong, I love being able to grow my own food, to share with others, and put away enough for the winter months but I also love experimenting with different ways to use my garden abundance.  

I love making summer soaps. My creative juices get flowing, mixing oils that have infused with different flowers and herbs from my garden, I feel like a witch over my cauldron of magic potion as I mix a little of this and a little of that together to make something wonderful. In addition to infused oils, I absolutely love using vegetables in my soaps, especially tomato and cucumber! It’s a great way to use those cucumbers that were hiding under leaves and have gotten too big to eat or can. It’s an easy way to use up those bruised, split, or overripe tomatoes too.

Heirloom Tomatoes are a Personal Favorite 

Heirloom tomato
Photo by Sarah Hart Morgan

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