Grow: last of the summer crop

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.

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Shop: local natural and wholefood suppliers

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!

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Recycle: the art of composting

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.

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Make: mason jar gifts

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.

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Grow: snow peas

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.

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