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FREE Organic Food Garden Workshop & Resources

In our Learning Centre, you’ll find some cool stuff to help you navigate your family food garden.

We choose to grow food at home for many reasons and some of these include:

  • Teaching our kids where real food comes from
  • To learn and respect our land and Mother Nature
  • As a way to ensure the food we feed our family is chemical and pesticide free
  • For the nutrient dense, fresh and organic benefits
  • To save money and work towards self-sufficiency

Organic gardening principles are centred around working with nature to ensure your plants stay healthy and strong and your produce is packed full of nutrients and flavour. You don’t need chemical fertilisers and pesticides to have a successful food garden, instead, we teach you about natural solutions which are not only safer for you and your family, but are essential to your organic success.

Organic Food Garden Workshop

Fun air plant terrarium that will inspire you!

Sometimes it's the simple things that are the most fun. We love coming up with activities which involve kids and plants, and they don’t always have to be complicated. Take this simple butterfly terrarium as an example. An inexpensive hanging glass pot made the perfect...

5 amazing Christmas salads that will complete your feast

With so much beautiful produce ripening in our gardens, Christmas is the perfect time to go all out in terms of homegrown flavour. Growing your own salad at home isn’t as hard as you think. The red and green Christmas colours are bountiful in the garden this time of...

How to turn rosemary cuttings into a gift

Rosemary is a Mediterranean woody perennial herb known for its wonderful flavour. It's one of the most popular herbs and can be found in most garden kitchens. For gardeners, it's a great herb to grow because it's both hardy and drought tolerant. If it's in a sunny...

Can you really save money with a vegetable garden?

Any home gardener will tell you the produce tastes better, has higher nutrient content, and is the one form of ‘organic’ that they honestly know complies. I’ll let you in on a little secret that you might not know if you haven’t had a vegetable garden before, it’s not...

How to build a no dig garden full of love

Building a no dig garden was high on my agenda once my beautiful Greenlife raised garden planter arrived. Finding the perfect spot in my garden where it’s sheltered and I get 6 to 8 hours of sunlight was my priority. When I had decided where it was going, I spent some...

These vertical garden planters will make you very happy

Do you have a screen which is rather plain and boring? My husband built mine using wood screwed horizontally onto a frame and it does a wonderful job of keeping the sun out of our undercover area and providing us with privacy from the neighbours. However, it won no...

Imagination play in the garden and why kids benefit

We hear so often now adults bemoaning that children spend too much time in front of screens and not enough time playing, exercising and using their imaginations. Imagination play is the perfect solution. So, why is this important? Imagination Play Well, research shows...

Imaginative nature play that will warm your heart

Kids using their imagination with nature play simply warms my heart. Nature Play It's starting to warm up where we live and we're already getting those really hot summer days. This is encouraging my children to spend more time in the garden as the sun starts to go...

Do you want better ways for household waste recycling?

Household waste recycling isn't as hard as you think. In Australia, on average a family will throw away 20% of the food that it purchases. This means if you come home with 5 bags of shopping, you may as well toss one straight into the garbage. In terms of dollars,...

Want the best salad garden in 4 easy steps?

If you're anything like me, you’d get excited when the warmer weather arrives. This is the time that our food garden comes to life and we can grow amazing produce. In our family, during the hot weather, salad is served regularly with nearly every meal and we love...

How to make magic come alive in a fairy garden!

It only takes a little magic to make a fairy garden come alive! Recently, my friend bought me a beautiful birdbath for my birthday. After a couple of months, I found the top of it on the garden floor with a large crack in it. I’m guessing a possum had tried to get a...

An awesome herb wall garden that will make you want one!

I love getting a parcel in the post. It reminds me of being a child awaiting Christmas presents from distant relatives. Well, this week I received a parcel that brought back those childhood memories. I had ordered 15 culinary herbs from Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm so...

What are the best tools for my garden?

With so many garden tools to choose from, how do you know which are going to be the best for your garden?  It is so tempting to buy multiple tools, which subsequently are not the right ones for the job and don’t get used. I have a cupboard of these to prove it. Let's...

Why a raised garden planter makes the perfect gift

My brother has a small courtyard garden that gets a little sun. Like I, he was brought up with a love of growing vegetables and herbs and being surrounded by beautiful flowering plants through the seasons.  He has spent a lot of time designing his space to get the...

Did you get an invite to the scariest wedding in town?

Halloween, a night of witches, goblins, ghosts and fear is fast approaching. Our children are already preparing their costumes. They can't wait to go trick or treating in the hope that they will end up with a bag of treats. They have also discovered, a fairy garden...

How to make learning about garden soil fun!

Soil testing is a way you can get to know your soil a bit better before you grow your plants. Organic gardening is all about working with nature to ensure your garden is free of chemicals and pesticides. One of the key principles of organic gardening is to ensure your...

Learn how to make awesome origami seed raising pots

There are lots of different options out there to raise seedlings and to be honest, I think I've tried them all. You can use egg cartons, toilet rolls, existing seedling containers or even recycle some of your containers from the kitchen. The thing I like the most...

Find out why this garden kneeler is the best investment!

As I get older, I find some of the things I used to be able to do, I struggle with now. I didn’t use to think about getting up or down and how that affected my knees. I remember kneeling for long periods of time as I bathed my babies, scrubbing floors or spending time...

11 uses for fruit & veggie off cuts that will amaze you

Fruit & Veggie Offcuts We discard our tops and tails, peel and seeds without giving it a second thought. Well did you know that most fruit and vegetable scraps aren’t scraps at all? In NSW alone the cost of food waste is in the millions. It’s also good to remind...

Why a Vermihut Worm Farm is the best investment!

Vermihut Worm Farm When I first started looking at worm farms, I thought they would be really difficult to look after. How wrong I was. The Vermihut Worm Farm is such a great unit and easy enough for kids to assemble. Worm farms are considered a ‘cool’ system which...

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