As we reached mid February, my first vegetable crop stared to come to an end. The snow peas were few and far between and the lettuce started to bolt, so it was time to harvest and start again.
I actually found it hard at first to just pull everything up and start again; I felt like I was murdering the plants. Ludicrious I know, and in the end it was actually quite cathartic to pull the roots from the soil, make food with the harvest and compost the rest. It closed the loop.
So in January we finally made the commitment and went to Rainbow Serpent Festival. Many of our friends have been going for years (and have been telling us to come along for years!) so we thought it was about time to get ourselves organised and head down to this 5 day festival in country Victoria.
The festival was, needless to say, awesome. The music, culture and food was extremely impressive and 5 days of camping with 15,000 other people was definitely an experience! One thing that really impressed me about Rainbow Serpent was their commitment to sustainability. The have a zero waste policy and encourage all festival goers to find creative ways to reduce their environmental impact.
I’d seen some cool ideas for crochet jewellery made with ring pulls from aluminium cans, so I thought making some friendship bracelets for those at our camp would be a creative and nice way to do something with a sustainability theme (and kill the time while hiding from the sun!)
In the process of my Internet trawling of late, I’ve come across a couple if awesome stores that are right on my doorstep (I’m in Oakleigh).
While I have resigned myself to that fact that not everything I need can grow in my garden and I will have to still shop for goodies, I was surprised and excited to find a few suppliers just a quick drive away.
Here is two of these gems. Here’s to me finding many more. Please enlighten me if you know of any!
The first thing I attempted as part of our move towards a sustainable life was composting. Every time I put my fruit and vegetable scraps into the garbage I felt so guilty and wasteful, but thought that without a vegetable garden I couldn’t really have a compost. The lovely ladies in the waste and parks teams at my work advised me that this was complete rubbish (excuse the pun!) and that I could start one straight away.
Since we rent and I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take this composting thing, I opted for a home made compost bin rather than buying one or having a compost pile at the back of the yard.
As mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make some of my gifts this year (for sustainability and budgetary reasons) and I’d seen some cool ideas for mason jar gifts. After doing some internet searches, I decided do make a combination of cookies, body scrubs and happiness jars (as separate items, not all rolled into one crazy present!)
I bought all of the jars from Kmart or The Reject Shop ($2 each – win!). I got the fabric and the brown tags from Spotlight, but you could get something similar from any craft store. I made the crochet hearts – you can find more info here.
Over the last few days I’ve been off my feet recovering from surgery, so I thought I’d start doing some research on homemade cleaners and beauty products. And boy, was there no shortage of materials! Simply Google ‘homemade toothpaste’ and it will lead you down a yellow brick road of homemade goodness.
Over the last few days I’ve written down recipes for:
eye make up remover
Phew! That’s no small list! I’ve filled a notepad with all of them!Read More »
For Christmas, I really wanted to make some of my gifts, mainly to:
avoid the shopping centres
not contribute to a wasteful society by getting single use gifts with lots of packing
show my loved ones I care by making something for them from scratch.
I was keen to try some mason jar gifts (more on those in a few days) and wanted to do something handmade to decorate ithem. I learnt how to crochet a year ago and have been enjoying trying new pieces to expand my skills, so I thought a crochet decoration would would compliment the jars.
I searched the web and found a good heart pattern on Crochet Leaf. I modified it slightly to get the look I wanted and to make it three-dimensional. I have listed the modified instructions below. This is very forgiving pattern and it’s easy to fudge your way through a little bit if you lose count!
I started growing snow peas in October and have been amazed at how fast the started popping up once the plant flowered. We love snow peas and I had read the were fast growers and ideal for beginners so it was a good one to try growing.
At the moment all of our plants are in pots – for convenience and because I wasn’t sure about placement for the sun, so this gave me the ability to move them around. I planted them with potting mix from Masters and some of my compost.
For a long time I’ve been passionate about the environment. I’ve been an avid recycler since I was a kid and love finding ways to be more thrifty and less wasteful.
My partner Sam and I have been saving for a house for a few years and hope to buy in 2016. We look forward to the day when we have our own place and can become sustainable and self-sufficient – grow our own fruit and vegetables, only eat meat we raise or hunt, create our energy and reduce our waste, etc etc. We know this won’t happen overnight but are willing to learn and adapt as it fits our lives.
To get our house next year, we both work 2 jobs at the moment. When I got tired, I told myself that the harder I worked, the sooner we would have our dream. Then someone (my beautiful kinesiologist, Nanette) put an inspiring question to me – why I am I killing myself working for a future dream, when that dream can start now? That was when I realised that our motivation to reach our goal would come from our passion for it.