Becoming Sustainable. 5 easy steps and why it’s important.

Becoming Sustainable. 5 easy steps and why it’s important.

Sustainable living is not just a buzzword or the latest catchphrase people are using. Have you heard the words ‘reducing carbon footprint’? This is the best type of example I can visually give you. If you think for a moment about the different impression a footprint can leave depending on how it is made (e.g. heavy or light). This is the same as our carbon footprint. Depending on how we live on this earth will affect the impression we leave on it. Therefore, Becoming Sustainable will reduce the impression we make. Becoming Sustainable It’s extremely important that as we work towards Becoming Sustainable we limit the use of the earth’s natural resources. We can reduce consumption both as a community and at home and be respectful of humanity’s relationship with our earth. This is the real outcome from sustainable living and truly centres around preserving our environment. It’s all for our grandchildren and many generations thereafter. Let’s dive into ways you can become more sustainable in your family garden and in your family life. 1. Food garden Yes, it’s true, there is so much you can do out in the garden that will have a massive impact on reducing your families carbon footprint. Growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs will mean less packaging, transport and storage. If everyone worked towards keeping even a small area where they could grow food, the impact would be massive. Now I know some don’t have a garden or they are renting. You’d be surprized just how much you can grow in pots and on a balcony. The best part is you can also...
Find out what veggies to plant now for amazing results!

Find out what veggies to plant now for amazing results!

There is nothing like growing your own nutrient-dense food for your family to enjoy. It’s a great way to get the kids involved in gardening as well. The thing is, it’s not as simple as grabbing some punnets from your local nursery and putting them in the soil. Sure you can try it, but if you follow a planting guide, which will highlight what veggies to plant now, you’ll have a better chance of success. The most important thing is getting through each season and learning from your mistakes. Things aren’t always going to go to plan. You are going to have some success, but there will be things that won’t grow as well. We want you to minimise the failure by knowing a few of the seasonal basis. Follow a planting guide A planting guide will give you a selection on what to plant for your area in each season. Climates change not only from season to season but across Australia. So you need to select the plants that will grow for you. You can download your FREE planting guide here. Equatorial / Tropical: Equatorial region stems from the tip of Cape York, Bathurst and Melville Islands north of Darwin. The tropical region spreads across Northern Australia including Cape York, the Top End of the Northern Territory, land south of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and the Kimberley region. Subtropical: The Sub Tropical region spreads across the coastal and inland fringe from Cairns down the Queensland coast and hinterland to the northern areas of New South Wales and the coastal fringe north of Perth to Geraldton in Western Australia. Temperate Climate: The Temperate...
Review you need to read on superior retractable hose reel!

Review you need to read on superior retractable hose reel!

Retractable Hose Reel Review Who would have thought a retractable hose reel would take me back in time to when I was a kid. You know, the good old days, when milk was delivered to the doorstep in glass jars by the ‘milko’. He would then collect the empty bottles to reuse. Remember when fruit and vegetables were bought at the local greengrocer? After weighing your selection it’s then placed in a brown paper bag which could be composted. What about when the TV or washing machine broke, a ‘repairman’ was your first point of call. Then…… society went through a change as we looked for faster more disposable and cheaper options. This changed the way we lived. It’s progress, right? The more disposable life has become the more rubbish we have created. Even for the high priced items, when you look at the cost to repair something, it’s often a cheaper decision to just replace it instead. This has also been the case with retractable hoses however I have discovered one brand that has changed that. Yes, it’s true. Delrico Retractable Hose A company that places great value on providing a product that can be completely disassembled if a part breaks, then reassembled and returned to the owner. Now that’s a massive tick because what this means, is that when you buy a Delrico retractable hose reel, your entire hose reel won’t end up in a landfill. Let me share more about this superior retractable hose reel. I caught up with Dave, joint owner and engineer at Delrico, to get a bit of background on the product. In...
Garden Releaf Art. An awesome way to enjoy a garden.

Garden Releaf Art. An awesome way to enjoy a garden.

Garden Releaf Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits a garden has on your health and wellbeing. Sadly nearly 3 million Australian’s live with depression and anxiety. Garden Releaf Day is a chance for you to get involved by attending one of the independent garden centres around Australia who are participating on April 14th, 2018. By getting involved you can learn a bit more about the benefits a garden offers, and most importantly, help yourself and others improve both mental and physical wellbeing. It’s as simple as immersing yourself in a garden amongst plants. A garden is also known to reduce stress, anxiety and build confidence in all your family members. Read about mindfulness for kids CLICK HERE. Plants have incredible healing properties, in fact, research continues to identify ways that both plants and being in a garden can enrich our lives.   April 14th, 2018 Independent garden centres across Australia can choose to participate in the official Garden Releaf Day on April 14th. Check the list on their website for details CLICK HERE. What you’ll find on the day will be a range of ideas, opportunities, inspiration and events that will help everyone connect with a plant or garden. Simply by connecting with nature, you can enrich your family garden life. Garden Art Our stress and anxiety release comes from plants, gardening and activities. Creating these Garden Releaf artworks, was the perfect way to talk about how we feel, what makes us happy and the benefits our garden provides when we are in it. Why not try it this weekend. Head outside and see what you can find....
Insect hotel? How to build an amazing bug hotel.

Insect hotel? How to build an amazing bug hotel.

We built our insect hotel out of leftover building material and we also collected twigs and branches we found on a family nature walk. It was definitely a fun project to do with the whole family and a great way to educate the kids on the difference between the good guys and our unwelcomed guests the pest. Building an insect hotel helps provide cover and short-term accommodation for beneficial insects when they arrive. It’s also a good idea to provide food for the insects by planting flowers close by. This is an organic form of pest control, as some of the beneficial insects feast on the pests when they are attacking our crops. It also, very importantly, assists with pollination. Beneficial insects in a food garden include ladybirds, lacewing, parasitic wasp, praying mantis, hoverflies and of course our bees. All of which can offer assistance at your time of need. It’s pretty amazing when the cavalry arrives just in the nick of time. If you want to find out more about beneficial insects CLICK HERE Working with nature will also provide your family with nutrient dense, chemical free food you can pick fresh as you need it. It doesn’t get much better than that. Our amazing bug hotel was also featured on Kidspot. How to make a bug hotel Teach the kids the difference between the good guys (beneficial insects) and our unwelcome pests and make this adorable retreat for your local bug friends. Via: Family Garden Life Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 5 March 2018   Insect Hotel – Materials Building material off-cuts of various lengths and sizes...
Succulent wreath – Kidspot GUEST POST

Succulent wreath – Kidspot GUEST POST

  If you haven’t had a go at working with succulents, I highly recommend it. Not only are they beautiful plants which come in all shapes and sizes, succulents are really easy to work with. Recently, we did a guest post on Kidspot of our amazing succulent wreath. It will be taking centre stage on Christmas day, but it would look fabulous on a wedding or function table as well. How to make a succulent wreath Are you a ‘succa’ for a good craft project? This clever wreath tutorial will entertain the kids, and if all goes to plan, they could gift it to their teacher for helping your child grow. See the full tutorial >>> http://bit.ly/2AwQtZ9 Posted by Kidspot on Monday, 4 December 2017 What you’ll need: Wire pot plant stand or wire wreath Garden wire Sphagnum moss Side cutters Clear plastic tray Chopsticks Succulent cuttings Step 1. If you are using a pot plant stand like I have, using side cutters, remove the inside by cutting through the metal, then gently file any sharp edges. Step 2. Wrap the wire around the frame to fill the space and provide a base for the succulents roots to grab onto. Continue around the frame then place the frame in a plastic plant pot tray with enough room to be about to work underneath the frame so you can pull the succulent cuttings through. Step 3. Soak the sphagnum moss in water to hydrate it, then squeeze the excess water out. Place it in a bowl. Mold the sphagnum moss around the frame and build it up to a thickness...