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Mulch – how important is it? – In the garden

The pine bark mulch at our local supermarket was on special, so I rushed in to get 14 bags. I tend to switch what type of mulch I use in the garden over time. Last year I used hay mulch, and the time before it was peanut husks. Of course, all the time I also […]

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Kokedama! – In the craft room

A couple of weeks ago we had an amazing crafternoon, and learned to make kokedama! As expected, the very next week a few of us got together to make more! A wonderfully addictive craft – have you tried it? We used a recipe of 7 parts peat moss to 3 parts bonzai soil with enough […]

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Aerated compost tea – In the garden

Most of my gardening endeavors start with amending the soil. Even though I have a small garden I compost as much as possible, in as many ways as possible. My tumbling compost bin is my favourite, since everything is contained and vermin cannot get in, and also tumbling keeps everything nicely mixed. Recently I heard […]

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Intense planting – in the garden

My policy, since I have a small garden, is to use every inch of soil to grow plants. Empty areas seem a bit of a waste, so I sow seeds intensely, and then start to harvest as microgreens. This way I can often eat the food I have grown before the bugs find them! I […]

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Compost awareness week

Well, there you go! – it is compost awareness week once again! I have been using in ground worm buckets for a couple of years now. Both my compost bin and my compost tumbler are full to the brim, so I decided I would insert a worm bucket into my herb spiral. I dug out […]

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Wonderful things I grow in my garden

I managed to source some seeds this week from a fellow gardener who grows and sells microgreens, and seeds. She delivers them to peoples homes, so I felt very blessed to get my delivery placed into my cooler box outside the front door. I planted the corn into a plastic container with a lid, and […]

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Microgreens from the Pantry – In the garden

I grow sprouts and microgreens all year round.  I really love these fenugreek  microgreens, but others that I enjoy are sunflower, green pea, tatsoi and broccoli. I buy fenugreek seeds from the Indian grocer, by the kilo, and it is so much cheaper than from a seed supply company. I grow them in flat plastic trays […]

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Earth Hour will still go on – but differently

Normally we switch off our lights for an hour during Earth Hour, this year it will be different. If you are participating, post a notice on your facebook page. See the details here: https://www.earthhour.org.au/documents/2020-social-assets Sign up and watch some marvelous shows from the comfort of your couch as you stay at home. Now more than […]

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The magic of composting

International compost awareness week is the 3rd to the 9th May, join in the fun here: International compost awareness weekor the home page here  Did you know that compost sequesters carbon in the soil? Here is a comprehensive report if you want to learn more. https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/-/media/epa/corporate-site/resources/waste/110171-compost-climate-change.pdf?la=en&hash=7ADC0B32600A8EE49E72187E4A027FA1C809AEAE I try to compost any waste that I can instead […]

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In the garden – growing veggies from seed

Growing from seed Here in tropical North Queensland I am very excited to be preparing the raised beds to grow my vegetables this year.  I grow from seed so do not want to miss the beginning of the growing season.  Of course we never really know when the wet season is going to end, but […]