17 Garden Goals for Your Health and Wellbeing

A New Year is always a good time to look back, reflect and plan ahead. Especially if one of your goals is to improve your health and wellbeing. But what should you focus on, if you want a garden that feeds your mind, body AND soul?

The process of setting your garden goals each year is easy, fun and rewarding.

The process of setting your garden goals each year is easy, fun and rewarding.

Setting goals can help you:

  • improve your health and wellbeing
  • learn from your garden as you grow
  • make more sustainable choices
  • find greater enjoyment.

Whether you’re a beginner gardener or experienced, there is always so much to learn. A garden is a great teacher!  I call my garden ‘Nature’s Classroom’ … every year there are new lessons and discoveries. I hope these goals will help you plan an edible garden you really enjoy.

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9 Strategies to Help Combat Common Edible Garden Problems

Do you ever feel frustrated with your soil, pests or limited space? Is it too hot, cold, wet or dry to grow food? If you’re having challenges growing an edible garden, it helps to have a ‘tool kit of techniques’ you can use to overcome common problems. 


I use a variety of strategies to harvest from my edible garden all year round.

I use a variety of strategies to harvest from my edible garden all year round.


When the Growing Gets Tough

Here in subtropical SE Queensland, Australia, we are in our wet season, after a long difficult drought. Our growing periods are not governed by a calendar with a traditional three month season like many places in the world. Spring typically only lasts a few weeks in the subtropics and summer usually starts early in October not December! Here the hot/wet/dry months can be very challenging to grow food. Many northern hemisphere gardeners look forward to warm summers as a prime growing season but get frustrated with a long, cold period. So no climate is perfect!

Extreme temperatures, high humidity, wild storms, hail, damaging winds, sudden heavy downpours, driving rain, drought and flooding are common weather issues to deal with. Not to mention pest insect population explosions. It’s no wonder many food gardeners throw their hands in the air and give up altogether!”

So what CAN you do when growing conditions are difficult?
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17 Water Saving Tips for Container Gardens

Are you trying to grow a garden with little rainfall? Struggling with a dry season, heat, drought or water restrictions? If so, it can be especially tough to grow food. You CAN grow healthy crops in pots – with the right strategies. These easy, water saving tips may help YOU achieve an abundant harvest.


One key to success is to adapt your growing techniques to keep your garden alive and thriving.

One key to success is to adapt your growing techniques to keep your garden alive and thriving.


Discover the best containers to choose; how to improve your growing medium; suitable plants; where to position your pots; and how to maintain them to save water.

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3 Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Planting

Do you ever wonder why your plants don’t grow well? Or just survive instead of thrive? Sowing seeds or plants into ‘dead dirt’ just won’t cut it if you want to grow a healthy garden!


3 Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Planting: Follow this easy-to-understand guide to getting great results from your garden. | The Micro Gardener

You don’t need to spend much time, but a little effort every season to revive your soil in pots and garden beds will reap BIG rewards.


Just like we thrive on a nutrient-dense diet in a stress-free environment, healthy plants need food and a happy home to live in too!


“If you meet the ‘needs’ of your plants, they will flourish, blossom and produce a bountiful harvest.”


Are you:

  • Getting ready to plant new season crops in an established garden?
  • Planning to sow seeds in new soil?
  • Trying to revitalize tired container gardens?
  • Building a garden bed from scratch?


If so, then follow my three steps to boost your soil and help your garden thrive:

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Design Tips for a Productive Kitchen Garden

Have you ever felt frustrated when pest insects damage your plants? Or wish your garden was more productive? You’re not alone! Even the smallest and healthiest gardens get a few ‘unwelcome visitors’ and struggle at times.

Design Tips for a Productive Kitchen Garden



If you have limited space for your food garden, then losing precious crops when you’ve put the effort in, can be even more disheartening.

The good news is there are design strategies you can use to:

  1. Maximise your space;
  2. Minimise pest insects;
  3. Enhance the beauty; and
  4. Even improve some of your crop yields.

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Seed Starting Guide: Quick Tips for Starting Seeds Successfully

As a parent, there’s no greater joy than sharing the journey of nurturing a baby from infancy into a healthy young adult. But I confess – I’ve been a bad ‘parent’ many times … until I learned how to raise my plant ‘babies’ successfully, they starved, drowned, died of thirst or neglect, too much love – or too little … So if you’ve struggled to raise seeds or are a beginner, then follow this tutorial on how to be a successful plant ‘parent’ and avoid these common mistakes.

Seed Starting Guide: Quick Tips for Starting Seeds Successfully


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7 Easy DIY Garden Gift Ideas

Need inspiration for low-cost, personal garden gifts that your friends and family will love?  With a little creative thinking, you can easily make your own affordable presents.

7 Easy DIY Garden Gift Ideas to Make - Give gifts that keep on giving. | The Micro Gardener

Here are seven economical, unique gift ideas to inspire you.


1.      Tin Can Herb Planters

Mini windowsill herb gardens are a favourite with just about everyone. To make these low cost gifts, save tin cans from your kitchen and reuse as cute container gardens.


Tin can herb container gardens make easy, economical gifts | The Micro Gardener

Make one or a collection. This is a gift you can keep adding to throughout the year with new herbs!

Tutorial: Simply Healthy Fam

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20 Reasons Why You Should Mulch Your Garden

Are you sick of weeding or watering your garden all the time? Or losing plants to hot summers and freezing winters? There may be a simple solution to minimize the impact of all of these challenges – Mulch!

20 Reasons Why You Should Mulch Your Garden

Second only to good design and creating healthy soil, many would agree that sourcing organic matter is the next most important task for any gardener. One of the best sources of organic matter is mulch.


What is mulch?


Mulch is a material that is spread around a plant or over the soil surface as a protective layer. If we think of soil as a ‘cake,’ the mulch is simply the ‘icing’ or ‘topping’ that provides a huge range of benefits for you and your garden.  Mulch comes from a wide variety of organic or inorganic materials and ranges in cost from free to expensive.

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6 Tips for Abundant Edible Container Gardens

Love food? Want better results from your edible planters? Imagine … container gardens overflowing with delicious, vibrant, colourful, aromatic living food that nourishes your body and gives you pleasure to grow, cook and eat. If you think this is in the ‘too hard basket’ read on …


An abundant harvest of home grown food | The Micro Gardener

This is the kind of food I love helping people learn how to grow.


A continual abundance of organic vegetables, herbs and fruits that sustain you with good health can be yours to enjoy.

When I first started planting edibles in micro gardens, I made a lot of mistakes … I wasted time and money and there were plenty of ‘dried arrangements’ as a result, with minimal harvests! Over the years I’ve realised container gardening requires a slightly different set of skills to growing directly in your garden.


Delicious nutritious vegies are easy to grow at home in containers

With some basic knowledge, delicious nutritious vegies are easy to grow at home in containers


So here are 6 of the techniques I use to maximise my crop yields for a continual abundance of delicious home grown organic food. Tuck in!

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DIY Pallet Planter

As a Micro Gardener, I’m always looking for compact solutions for my garden. If you have limited time, money, space or skills you may find this easy, low-cost pallet project a simple way to make your garden functional and beautiful.

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A tutorial on how to make your own vertical pallet planter

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