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...

3 amazing herbal tea blends you need in your life!

There is nothing better, on these cold, winter nights than putting on your PJ’s, sitting in front of the fire and enjoying a nice hot cup of tea. Tea drinking has been popular over thousands of years and across multiple continents. Did you know that one of the...

A fairy that helps in the garden! Find out more. 

We all need a little magic in our life and there is nothing more magical than fairies. The delight on a child's face when their first tooth falls. They know the tooth fairy is coming to visit and it reminds us of our childhood and how magical the world was at this...

Need an awesome group activity your kids will love?

Constructing and designing wooden birdhouses as a group activity with the kids is an awesome way you can bring them closer to nature. Children always seem to be happier when they have their friends over to play. I love it when they get wrapped up in activities and the...

A balcony garden is the perfect first garden for kids

The Balcony Garden The balcony garden our kids created was chosen so they could call it their own because that's exactly what they wanted. A garden where they could choose which vegetables were grown and they could take care of the plants themselves. Our balcony...

The best time and tools to prune citrus – find out more.

Pruning Citrus Trees Citrus trees don’t technically need to be pruned, however, if you leave them to grow wild they will grow large as well and their branches will overtake an entire section of your garden. This will mean that dealing with pests and even collecting...
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