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"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries."
Ron Finley, Gangster Gardener

reduce waste, love your soil, love yourself & compost the easy way
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reduce waste, love your soil, love yourself & compost the easy way

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Apr 27, 2016
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Ever throw away fruit or veg that might be on the shady side? What do you do with your food scraps? In Australia, around 4 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill each year.[1] Aussies also throw out one out of every five shopping bags.[2] Even doing the smallest thing to reduce waste is […]

you can do it! take the local harvest challenge & don’t forget to have a happy easter
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you can do it! take the local harvest challenge & don’t forget to have a happy easter

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Mar 23, 2016
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I was asked by my fellow fair foodie and inspiring blogger, Sharon from FlavourCrusader to write a post for the upcoming Local Harvest Challenge. The challenge takes place over one week (Sunday 3 April – Saturday 9 April) where we take on the goal of intentionally reclaiming our food choices and decreasing the degrees of […]

it’s time for you to get a brazilian…spinach plant (the go-to green in summer)
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it’s time for you to get a brazilian…spinach plant (the go-to green in summer)

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Feb 27, 2016
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I’m into killing two birds with one stone, at least figuratively speaking. The meaning of this idiom is to achieve two aims with a single effort. In order to survive the oppressive conditions of a Brissie Summer, the effort of gardening must aim for plants to (1) stay ALIVE so they can (2) be EATEN. […]

thanks for keeping it real 2015 & cheers to 2016 in the north island of new zealand

thanks for keeping it real 2015 & cheers to 2016 in the north island of new zealand

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Jan 23, 2016
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Last year was a bit crappy. This also seemed to be the general consensus of others around me. However, I live my life by appreciating that the universe gives us what we need when we need it. Should I irritate you by saying #grateful? At the same time, I was very happy to begin the […]

be a sustainable gardener; how to grow herbs plus get the dirt on their amazing multifunctional uses
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be a sustainable gardener; how to grow herbs plus get the dirt on their amazing multifunctional uses

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Dec 20, 2015
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While I wilt, fade and become lifeless in summer there is an upside. Most herbs appear to thrive even in challenging, sub-tropical Brisbane. If it can be done here, it can be done anywhere. So if you’re not already doing it, you need to grow herbs! It can mark the beginning of future gardening ventures. […]

no stiff drinks required when splitting my beehive…thanks to the urban bee farmer partnership
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no stiff drinks required when splitting my beehive…thanks to the urban bee farmer partnership

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Nov 27, 2015
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I tend to sweat the small stuff. So a few stiff drinks would be required if I had to split my own beehive. Oddly enough our hive of stingless bees are also referred to as sweat bees due to their habit of collecting human sweat. Perhaps the bees would have preferred my anxious, sweaty approach […]

enter the fragrant world of scented geraniums with my favourite, ‘orange fizz’ (the plant equivalent of a fruit tingle)
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enter the fragrant world of scented geraniums with my favourite, ‘orange fizz’ (the plant equivalent of a fruit tingle)

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Oct 24, 2015
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Do you remember fruit tingles? Are they even still around? I have the plant equivalent with my ‘Orange Fizz’ scented geranium (Pelargonium citriodorum). This fizzy fragrance reflects the name…if only this post had scratch and sniff abilities. There are over 80 scented geranium or pelargonium varieties with every scent under the sun (literally). Peppermint, pine, […]

rainbow chard is a sexy but shady vegetable that you need to grow & make pies with
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rainbow chard is a sexy but shady vegetable that you need to grow & make pies with

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Sep 23, 2015
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Tall and striking with an elegant spine of vivid colour…rainbow chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) is the sexiest leaf vegetable in the garden. From the Chenopodiaceae family with relatives such as silver beet and beetroot, there is just NO excuse for not growing it. The fact that it tolerates shade (much like other leafy greens […]

reasons to eat with the seasons, garden porn, a new job & buying a pony…a 1965 ford mustang that is
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reasons to eat with the seasons, garden porn, a new job & buying a pony…a 1965 ford mustang that is

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Aug 29, 2015
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I have the garden guilts. August has been a crazy month, not the certifiable kind but the good kind. A couple of highlights…after a long journey (no pun intended), we finally bought our pony car. A stunning, original honey gold 1965 mustang coupe. I have loved mustangs forever. Bet you didn’t pick me for American […]

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