News

The Goodness of Compost

Posted by Holly Brooker on

The Goodness of Compost

Compost. My first thoughts are its gross.  It smells, its wet, its manky, its crawling.  Rotting food in a pile kinda does that! All disgustingness aside, I have come to appreciate the benefits of compost.  Here are the best bits I have found. 1. Creating compost is an ideal way to reduce your household waste, and reduces your families environmental footprint.  We find that around 1/4 of our household daily waste is made up of food scraps!  Thats crazy! 2. Our yard is currently ankle deep in leaves. Post autumn shedding of our copious array of trees has meant we...

Read more →

Growing from seed

Posted by Holly Brooker on

Growing vegetables from seed is so much easier than it sounds, and saves SO much money when growing a thriving garden. Leaving vegetable plants to "go to seed" means you have the power to either collect seed and replant them in an organised space, or let nature have its way with seeds spreading around where the wind blows it, allowing vege plants to crop up all over your garden in a crazy pattern... kinda fun to throw away the rule books sometimes! (admittedly I am of the plant in rows/orderly type!). We have been collecting a bunch seeds from our...

Read more →

Plant your Tomatoes this Labour Weekend!

Posted by Holly Jean Brooker on

I say Toe-may-toe, you say Toh-mah-toe Tomatoes are an amazing “superfood”, full of vitamins and minerals, as well as lycopene (a carotenoid) which has incredible heart-disease and cancer-preventing benefits.  They can be eaten in so many ways; raw, cooked, fried, boiled, mashed, whole, sliced. In fact, tomatoes can be eaten in so many ways I could write a book about the usefulness and benefits of the simple tomato. Tomatoes are an absolute top pick for home gardeners, due to their versatility in cooking, but even more so as the cost saving benefits of growing tomatoes are huge.  If a plant...

Read more →

The Dirty Lowdown- Filling your garden beds with goodness

Posted by Holly Jean Brooker on

  The dirty lowdownIt is widely known in the gardening world that the key to a successful crop-producing garden is the dirt. Good soil consists of a combination of minerals, organic rich matter, water and air and the trick is to get the balance right. Protect, maintain and improve. Regularly removing weeds, adding compost and fertilizers as well as regular doses of water are essential.   Plants strip nutrients from the soil over time so it is necessary to replenish dirt with adequate nutrients to compensate for this and to maintain that ideal combination of growing conditions. A powerful soil...

Read more →

Spring is coming! Get your garden ready for action

Posted by Holly Jean Brooker on

Spending a little time, and money, on setting up a sustainable backyard will provide an abundance of fresh organic food and a visually aesthetic space; not to mention pure satisfaction and reward as the fruits of your labour are eaten and shared with others. Regardless of gardening experience anyone can establish a vegetable patch and learn the art of growing green.   Prepare Prepare PreparePreparation is key. It is crucial to find a suitable home for your garden bed, preferably a spot with good drainage, some solid morning or afternoon sun, wind protection and a space sized to suit your...

Read more →