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...
How to Make Fun & Easy Australian Native Bird Feeders

How to Make Fun & Easy Australian Native Bird Feeders

As a family, we love being out in our garden listening to nature. The kids get to watch and learn all about the local wildlife in the area because it’s important for them to know that this is a shared environment. The twitter of local birds sure does make a garden come to life, so making Australian Native Bird Feeders allowed the kids to really connect with the native birds in our area. A good way to set up your activity is to get the kids to watch and learn which native birds visit your family garden. Get them to record the visitors and then you can work out which plants will provide the best shelter. Talk about what they eat and where you can place water so it’s easy to access. It’s important to note that when planning to attract native birds into your garden, you need to consider cats in the area. Make sure the birds are not in danger of an attack. Feeding birds with seed or bread on a regular basis is mostly discouraged in Australia due to the inconsistency in diet, however, the occasional treat, like our Australian Native Bird Feeders, is considered acceptable by most. Bird watching is a fun thing to do with kids, so place your bird feeders where the kids can observe which bird species are attracted to the treat. You can then use this information to record your findings and track their visits back into your garden. You’ll find the kids will start taking notes of birds from this moment on. You could even create a bird watching journal and get...
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....
Flower seeds. How to make bee friendly seed balls!

Flower seeds. How to make bee friendly seed balls!

The kids will have so much fun making our bee-friendly seed balls using flower seeds. Bees and flowers make up such a vital component of our food garden production. So much of Australia’s agricultural output depends on the honey bee. Without their amazing ability to pollinate our crops, we would be extremely limited to our food source. So that’s why bees are fundamental to your garden at home. Plus sharing an activity like this with the kids is a great way to educate them on the importance of pollination and welcoming pollinators into their food garden. Flower Seeds You can include certain flowers in your veggie garden that will attract beneficial insects which are needed to pollinate our crops, and honey bees are the most valuable in performing this process. Some amazing flowers to include in your garden to attract the bees include Catnip, Borage, Lavender, Sweet Basil & Chives. Why not try growing them from seed? Many flowers are great for attracting pollinators, including the plants that belong to the daisy family. These flowers provide more bang for your buck in terms of pollen. They are what’s known as Compositae, which means they are made up of many flowers, not just one. You’ll find they are also big seed producers and often self-seeding other parts of your garden. You can use lots of different types of flower seeds or you can choose a mix of bee-friendly seeds. CLICK HERE We even featured our awesome bee-friendly seed balls on Kidspot. How to make bee friendly seed balls This activity will not only get the kids outside and giving back...