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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.

DIY Pallet Planter Tutorial | The Micro Gardener

A tutorial on how to make your own vertical pallet planter

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Easy Guide to Growing Perfect Peas

With pretty flowers, crisp green pods, climbing tendrils and delicate leaves, peas are an attractive and delicious addition to any kitchen garden.

Easy Guide to Growing Perfect Peas - How to Grow, Harvest, Save Seeds & Cook Peas | The Micro Gardener

Best of all, every part of a pea plant is edible!

These little powerhouses may be low in calories but peas are packed with a surprising number of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and are high in micro-nutrients, vitamins, fibre, protein and minerals that provide us with a wide range of health benefits.

Peas are annual vegetables – best eaten raw (straight off the plant before their natural sugars turn to starch and lose their sweet flavour).

They are easy to grow so are an ideal first crop for children and beginner gardeners.

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DIY Upcycled Broken Pot Ideas

I don’t know how these accidents happened but I’ve been left to pick up the pieces (literally) … If you’ve ever been involved in any kind of outdoor project, you’ll know there are nearly always casualties – especially when you are working in confined spaces! Our renovating and landscaping projects here seem to take forever, and just when one job is finally finished, the next one on the list is looming! I hope my dilemma and discoveries will help inspire what you too can do with broken pots.

DIY Upcycled Broken Pot Ideas. Image top right: http://flic.kr/p/H5SNr  | The Micro Gardener

To put you in the picture, there have been multiple casualties here lately and I’m not talking about my bruised hubby falling off the ladder – his ego not his body! … No, these accidents have happened to my precious pot collections.

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Easy Guide to Growing Microgreens

Second only to sprouts, Microgreens are the quickest food crop we urban gardeners can grow!  If you have limited time, space or gardening skills let me introduce you to growing this tasty ‘fast food’ in just a few easy steps.

Rainbow salad with buckwheat microgreens | The Micro Gardener

I loved all the flavours in this rainbow salad with buckwheat microgreens & sesame oil, tamari (organic soy), vinegar, olive oil + maple syrup dressing.

 

So … What are Microgreens?

 

With sprouts, you eat the fully germinated seed. Microgreens are the next stage in a plant’s development when they have developed tiny roots and their first true leaves (cotyledons) and have similar health benefits. Whereas sprouts are seeds that germinate by being soaked and rinsed in water, microgreens are grown in soil so you can add minerals to boost the nutrient value and flavour. These young seedlings are harvested smaller than baby salad leaves. Continue Reading »

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6 Easy DIY Container Garden Projects

Micro Gardening in containers offers you SO many benefits but if you are a beginner or need some ideas to get started, I’ve compiled these creative projects and tutorials to inspire you – regardless of your space or budget!

My kid's gumboot flower planters help brighten up our pathway | The Micro Gardener

I change the flowers in these bright pink gumboot planters seasonally - an easy way to upcycle outgrown boots. I also plant in my adult pairs when they split. Just drill holes in the soles! I put tiny pots into the top of this pair & they sit nicely with a clay worm as garden art.

 

4 Steps to a DIY Container Garden

 

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Guide to Growing Spring Onions

If you love tasty, easy-to-grow, versatile vegetables that only need minimal space and effort, then spring onions are an excellent choice! Even the tiniest plot or pot will accommodate  them.

Guide to Growing Spring Onions. Photo: www.stockfreeimages.com/

A tasty, easy vegie to grow.

 

I grow all the flavoursome Alliums (the Onion family which includes garlic, leeks, onions and chives) so I can swap them around in recipes and always have an ingredient to add flavour to whatever I’m cooking. If you haven’t grown them before, or are a beginner gardener, just follow the tips in this tutorial and give them a go! Continue Reading »

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