The Add-As-You-Go Compost Pile

If you are looking for way to easily compost your kitchen and garden waste and aren’t in a hurry for matured compost then this is a great option for you. It does require some planning though so read on! The Add As You Go Pile: Cold/Passive Composting The add-as-you-go method is the easiest way to make your own compost, and the best composting method for beginners. As the name suggests, you will be adding your GREEN and BROWN materials to…

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Composting Materials: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Once you are familiar with the in’s and out’s making good compost, it can be a very rewarding experience. There are different methods of compost making, which we explore in more detail in separate posts, but for now we’ll be talking about what to compost and what not to compost. Carbon & Nitrogen The key ingredients in good compost are Carbon and Nitrogen and it is important to get the Carbon Nitrogen ratio right in order to keep your compost…

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Broccoli

Growing broccoli in the right conditions, at the right time of year can be very rewarding. It is quite a heavy feeder so good soil prep and continued care is essential for a healthy yield. Best Time of Year for Broccoli Broccoli likes to mature in cooler weather where it will produce sweet heads without bolting and flowering, which makes it bitter to the taste, due to warmer weather. Heat-stressed broccoli opens it’s flower buds prematurely, and high temperatures as…

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Broccoli Companions

Broccoli Loves …. Dill – strong smell deters common garden pests Sage – strong smell deters common garden pests Rosemary – strong smell deters common garden pests Basil – strong smell deters common garden pests Mint – strong smell deters common garden pests Garlic – strong smell deters common garden pests Thyme – strong smell deters common garden pests Bush Beans Lettuce – likes the shade of broccoli Potato Radish Shallots & Onions – improves flavour Celery – improves flavour…

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Permaculture: Principles & Ethics

“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance—agriculture,urban design, or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” ― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide Central to Permaculture are the three ethics: care for the earth, care for people, and fair share. They form the foundation…

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2 Ingredient All Natural, All Purpose Cleaner

If you have vinegar at home you can make this simple all purpose cleaner by adding some citrus peels and giving it time to infuse. This all purpose cleaner has so many uses! It is child and pet friendly, won’t burn your eyes and it doesn’t smell like vinegar! Plus with winter coming up, there are sure to be plenty of citrus peels you can use. As you can see in our picture, Irie cat approves! What You Need: Jar…

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2 Minute Homemade Mayo

Here is THE easiest homemade mayo recipe, ever! It’s very creamy and makes a great base for dips. Why not have some fun by adding some freshly chopped herbs? What You Need: Stick Blender Tall container with wide enough neck for your blender to fit into or even better, a wide necked jar with a lid that you can store your mayo in right away 1 cup good quality LIGHT olive oil OR 1 cup good quality avocado oil 1…

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4 Useful Applications for Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you are anything like us, you probably love a good cuppa coffee (or 2) – but what do you do with your leftover coffee grounds? Many avid gardeners use it in their garden – and so do we. Most plants love it because of the often high Nitrogen content in coffee. Nitrogen is a component of chlorophyll and therefore essential for photosynthesis. It is also the basic element of plant and animal proteins, including the genetic material DNA and…

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How to Use Epsom Salts to Boost Production in the Garden

We have all heard of Epsom Salts and most likely already have it in our homes. But did you know that there are amazing benefits for using this humble mineral in the garden? Epsom Salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate and is made from a rock substance called Dolomite. Here are some benefits of using Epsom Salt in the garden: Stimulates plant growth Improves photosynthesis Increases nutrient uptake Increases flavour of fruits and veg Increases yield Prevents…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 3: The Second Ferment

A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 1: The Set Up A Beginner’s Guide to Kombucha Part 2: The First Ferment So now you want to flavour your brew. This is where things start to get really interesting! What You Need: These are the things you will need on hand to make your start your second ferment: A Ceramic Bowl to lay your scoby in A Wooden Spoon A Plastic Sieve A Jug to pour your brew into Clean Dark Glass…

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