I'm Anne & here to help you improve your health and save money by growing your own nutrient-dense food in small spaces. I share easy tutorials & inspiration for DIY low-cost gardens & projects. DIG in!
I use this handy guide to find out the optimal days each month to plant, propagate, prune & fertilise. It's laminated, easy to use, works all over the world + the bonus mini companion planting chart makes it a practical gift. I love it!
Punch drainage holes in the base of the tin can with a hammer and nail. Plant a herb seedling into a small pot filled with quality potting mix and put inside the tin can cachepot (outer decorative pot). This preserves the life of your metal container and avoids possible leaching of any chemicals into the soil. For non-edibles, you may choose to plant directly into the tin can.
Repurposed glass jars can be used to store seeds, plant tags and ties, plant labels, preserves, jams and dried herbs. Tie with string & a sprig of fresh rosemary.
3. DIY Plant Labels
Most gardeners love accessories for their toolkit. Plant markers are no exception. Making a set to give is quick, easy and low cost. Gather some flat shells or large smooth rocks and using non-toxic paint, add plant names. Embellish as creatively as you like. These practical plant labels double as garden art!
The boxes already have drainage holes and can be filled with potting mix, seeds and seedlings and even painted to suit the lucky recipient.
They make the perfect child’s garden and can be themed with edibles such as a Salad Bar (lettuce, radish and leafy salad greens); a Herb Garden (culinary or medicinal herbs) or Stir Fry Box (Asian vegies, coriander and spring onions). Follow my tutorial to make your own Instant Veggie Garden in a Box.
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5. Seed Tape
If you have saved seeds from your garden and have some to share, making seed tape is an easy way to sow some love in other people’s gardens.
Garden bucket caddy - provides storage & makes it easy to carry all your essentials when you’re out in the garden with pockets for mobile phone, tools + drink bottle.
All Wrapped Up
Making your own personalised gift wrapping paper is so easy – especially if you get children involved! Hand drawn pictures can be a treasured memory for the recipient as well as the gift they are used to wrap.
Or use a knife to carve a pattern into the flat surface of a cut potato and dip these vegetable ‘stamps’ into non-toxic paint to create a unique print on a roll of paper. Pine cones, leaves, a sprig of fresh rosemary, pressed flowers or a cinnamon quill can be used to decorate gifts as a final touch. Perfect for homemade Christmas gifts or occasion.
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I have an article ‘How to Grow Your Own Tea Garden‘ which provides tips on making herb teas that I hope you will enjoy. Also, if you subscribe to my Newsletter you receive a complimentary copy of my eBook ‘A Sow Simple Guide to Using Herbs for Health‘ or you can purchase this in my SHOP. It’s packed with tips on using herbs for health in simple, easy ways.
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CREATE A BEE-FRIENDLY GARDEN: Learn how to hand pollinate your crops to boost your harvest; create insect hotels and garden-friendly habitat for pollinators + plant bee-friendly flowers. Bonus FREE printable 'HOW TO HAND POLLINATE FRUIT & VEGETABLES GUIDE'. Dig in! | The Micro Gardener
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MINI VEGETABLE QUICHE CUPS RECIPE: These easy, versatile mini quiches taste delicious. Substitute with your favourite seasonal vegetables and herbs to vary the recipe for new flavours. Makes 12 mini individual quiches. Perfect for snacks, lunches and light meals on the go. Printable recipe sheet. Tuck in! | The Micro Gardener