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Grow Your Own Immune Boosting Tea

Grow Your Own Immune Boosting Tea

For week 7 of our Crisis Gardening series we’re covering how you can grow (and make) your own immune boosting tea, or “immune-a-tea” as I like to call it. Right now the whole world is trying to stay healthy, or get healthy – fostering a strong immune system is something we can all do to […]

Three Ways To Grow Potatoes: From Your Balcony To Your Backyard!

Three Ways To Grow Potatoes: From Your Balcony To Your Backyard!

From the balcony to the backyard, there’s a method for everyone to grow some of their own potatoes. Originally from South America, these small balls of goodness contain high vitamin C (amongst other nutrients) are one of the only carbohydrates you can grow yourself and there are literally thousands of varieties to choose from. Our […]

Eat Your Weeds: Especially Dandelion!

Eat Your Weeds: Especially Dandelion!

Week 5 of our Crisis Gardening series has us looking at our weeds – and eating them. Specifically the mighty dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale). Now, it’s slightly crazy that we spend so much time pampering “traditional” vegetables in the garden when some of the weeds growing in our lawn are significantly more nutritious than they’ll ever […]

Winter Cropping: What to plant now (& how)

Winter Cropping: What to plant now (& how)

This blog and accompanying video is dedicated to folks in temperate/cool temperate climates, which is where we live. Right now it’s Autumn (late March) and we’re doing some of our last winter plantings to make sure we can eat for months to come. Here in cool temperate Tasmania we have very specific windows in which […]

How To Cook & Eat Globe Artichokes

How To Cook & Eat Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus)… They’re a strikingly beautiful plant to grow and, when starting out, strikingly confusing to eat. This little blog’s for all you folk wondering how to wrap your mouth around this thistle – without the thistle experience. If you’re wondering how to grow them, you can read Peter Cundall here and Sustainable […]

Rodent-proof Chicken Feeder

Rodent-proof Chicken Feeder

Here in peri urban Hobart we have to stay on top of managing rodents and birds getting into our chicken’s feed. Over the years we’ve tried lots of different designs and none of them have worked as well as we needed. Enter this beauty. While trawling the world wide web I stumbled across this design […]

Our Car Share: One Less Car & One More Bike!

Our Car Share: One Less Car & One More Bike!

After many months of planning and thinking, we sold our 4WD ute, bought a second electric bike and entered a car share arrangement with some mates around the corner who have a small “buzz box” car. It feels really good. . Jodie and Marty’s buzz box and our two electric bikes But Why? Two main […]

Mab Ueang Agri-Nature Centre in Thailand

Mab Ueang Agri-Nature Centre in Thailand

The Mab Ueang Agri-Nature Centre is an educational, diverse farm located one hour out of Bangkok, Thailand. At 30 years old, this mature farm is predominantly a giant food forest with small rice paddies and strategic water systems integrated. It’s amazing. It’s based on the late King Bhumibol’s many decades of research and advocacy in […]

Do Cold Frames Actually Work?

Do Cold Frames Actually Work?

The short answer is yes – but let me elaborate…. We built a cold frame in late 2018 to create a warmer micro-climate to grow early season tomatoes and eggplants with ease. You can see below how we built it here. Some of you have asked how it’s gone in its first season. Very good […]