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Easy DIY Potting Mix Recipe

I regularly make my own potting mix at home to save money and control what my plants are growing in. I had a lot of trouble with bagged mixes (although I now use Searles when I need a commercial mix).  I used to waste a lot of time adding nutrients every time I potted up a plant so do this now when I make the mix. I get good results so thought I'd share what I do, but I'd love to know what recipes others use too.…

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Added by Anne Gibson on January 11, 2012 at 22:28 — No Comments

Spring Garden update - hot & dry!

It's nearing the end of spring but with temperatures rising and no rain, I'm organising the shade structures for the garden to give my plants some relief in the hot dry weeks and months ahead.  The investment in time and mulch for the gardens is paying off with the soil retaining moisture and plants still pretty happy.

My nasturtiums are doing well all over the garden and…

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Added by Anne Gibson on November 21, 2011 at 15:51 — 31 Comments

Joel Salatin Workshop highlights



Along with 170 others, I had the privilege of attending a great workshop with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms at Beerwah on the Sunny Coast recently. It was hosted by RegenAG and MC'd by the one and only Costa Georgiadis, of Costa's Odyssey on SBS.

 

Joel focuses on chemical free natural farming methods and his Polyface Farms mantra is "We're healing the…

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Added by Anne Gibson on August 18, 2011 at 12:41 — 6 Comments

Nasturtiums - More than just a pretty face!

There are two types of nasturtium but the one I can never get enough of in our garden is Tropaeolum majus (also known as Indian Cress) not the Officinal that grows in water!

They're tasty additions to salads, great space fillers, pest controllers, attract beneficial pollinators, make cheerful cut flowers and are also a great medicinal plant.  But there are many more uses ...

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Added by Anne Gibson on July 24, 2011 at 7:15 — 5 Comments

Benefits of Vertical Gardens

After a post on the options for growing pumpkins in small spaces, I thought I'd share some of the benefits of growing your garden UP rather than just traditional use of space on the ground and in containers.  One example is the nifty recycled bag planters…

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Added by Anne Gibson on July 24, 2011 at 5:45 — 5 Comments

Winter Maintenance Tasks in our Garden

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been catching up on some much needed maintenance in various sections of our garden. We have been growing a lot of our edibles in containers while my husband built us a permanent raised garden bed which is now finished and ready for planting.  Prior to that we had an 18m long no-dig raised garden bed made out of hay bales which served us well for a year and also a 20m raised bed on the ground, which we've been resting whilst planting other areas.  It's now been…

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Added by Anne Gibson on July 15, 2011 at 11:40 — 16 Comments

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