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Hi and welcome! I’m Anne Gibson. I’m a community educator, author, speaker and garden coach. My goal is to help YOU improve your health and save money by growing your own nutrient-dense food garden.

My small business is The Micro Gardener. In 2004, I was diagnosed with cancer and this was the catalyst for my return-to-health journey and this website. My passion is teaching people how to grow good health. Nutrient-dense food gardens that feed your mind, body and soul. I invite you to read my story …

I haven’t always gardened in small spaces … I grew up in suburban Sydney, Australia on a quarter acre block. At a time when the two major supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, did not exist. The major shopping centres had not been invented yet!

Food came from the vegetable garden and fruit trees in our suburban backyard. We visited local farmers for fresh milk and seasonal fruit we didn’t grow. Pets were a flock of clucky chooks. They provided eggs, chicks and endless entertainment. Plus plenty of manure as free fertiliser for the garden.

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What is Micro Gardening?

“Micro gardening is the practice of intensively food ‘farming’ in containers and well-designed, small urban spaces. Micro gardens are designed to be highly productive; energy and space efficient; sustainable; affordable; and grown in healthy living soil.” – Anne Gibson

In 2007 I was renting a suburban house. It only had a tiny space to grow a food garden. I was recovering from cancer, so was highly motivated to design a mini urban ‘farm’. I needed fresh nutrient-dense food to boost my health and immune system. I wanted to intensively grow a diverse variety of food crops in highly productive pots. I starting thinking about creative solutions to maximise space. I began looking at my garden space through a new micro ‘lens.’  Read more …

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“Hi Anne, I think I my kids may go hungry and housework may not get done in the next few days while I read information on your site. We are about to get an allotment with some friends and will be growing vegetables and hopefully some berries in a ‘real’ garden but I want to expand my little balcony project. Can’t wait to read more on here.”
“Hi Anne, This year, I’m getting a lot more into veggie gardening. I recently came across your website & found very helpful info that I never knew before. I also wanted to thank you not only for doing so much research but putting your time in to write & share it with all of the people out there. You have a kind heart – blessings to you.”

“Just discovered your site. Thank you for sharing so much great information. I could spend hours just reading all the fantastic tips and ideas. You are awesome!”
“Really like the shoe gardens – makes me want to run down to Vinnies and buy a collection of funny ones for my own garden! Thank you for the wonderful informative newsletter each month. Because of these I have met the incredible folk at Yandina Community Garden and have attended many of their interesting free workshops.”
“Thank you so much for your dedication to organic and for the awesome amount of time you put in to help others get out and garden!!! You’re amazing!!”
“Yours is the most helpful and informative blog for an amateur gardener like me. Thank you!”
“Hi! I recently came across your posts on Pinterest which led me to your blog and I must say, I LOVE it! I’m getting so many new ideas from all of the pages! Thanks so much!”
“Hi Anne thank you so much for all the great advice and tips on gardening. I have a stamp size garden and enjoy your advice on container gardening. Look forward to your next email.”
Ann Richmond
“I have only just joined as a member but I am already addicted to ‘The Micro Gardener. I love it and have sat here for sooo long just looking at all the photo, ideas, help. Atm I only have 2 small greenhouses that I started growing a few herbs and tomatoes in. The knowledge I can gain from this site will be a tremendous boost in confidence to expand to a lot more homegrown vegies and herbs.”
“Hi Anne, I’m so glad to have stumbled across your website! There aren’t many good Australian sites like this to reference. I’ve been sharing some of your hints and tips with our Facebook fans and they’re also really enjoying it. Keep up the great work.”
“Hi Anne. I just found your website and love all the ideas and tips. Our group in San Antonio was just started in February, and we use Aquaponics and TransFarming gardening techniques to grow (mostly) veggies and herbs.
I will be a frequent visitor of your site and hope to be able to teach some of your techniques to the good people of San Antonio. Again, thank you for the time, effort and wisdom you put into this website.”
“I love your newsletter and website. They are so full of lovely illustrations and interesting tips. Keep up the good work, I for one appreciate it!”
“Hello Anne, I’m from Italy so excuse me if my English is not perfect. I want to thank you for sharing so many helpful tips about gardening, I really appreciate your work! Thank you so much for sharing your story too! You give precious hope and positive thinking to everyone and this is so important! Thank you! I wish you a wonderful life!”
Malilla, Italy
“Thank you for stoking the enthusiasm for gardening and steering us all into using safer methods.”
Jeanie Glass, Sarasota, FL, USA
“Thank you for the inspiring site. My wife wants a herb spiral now so I guess i have my work cut out for me this spring. lol”
“What a beautiful website, I spent some time clicking around this afternoon and fell in love, thank you.”
“I have been meaning to tell you how much of a gardening inspiration you have been to me. Since I saw your blog when I thought I was sick, it has made gardening accessible for me. I had always thought Gardening was complicated and I needed space and trailers and brute strength. I have learnt that I don’t need that. It has now gone further and I have embraced the whole idea of growing my own food and sharing that concept. So THANK YOU. You inspired and motivated me, and I in turn, have motivated people. I just wanted you to know. Thanks.”
Monika Sprott, QLD Australia
“Great tips. Prompted me to race out to my garden shed and see what I might have in seed packets there and found a treasure trove! Immediately planted multiple seeds from a mixed packet of plants that attract the right insects and added some zucchini to our vege patch too. Love your site, just discovered it this weekend and will be coming back time and again.”
“Thank you for your newsletter, I love reading it, you have put a LOT of thought and time into helping garden lovers get good results from all their hard but pleasurable labour.”
Theresa Letch, WA Australia
“Hi Anne, I would just like to let you know that you have been a great inspiration to me and my 8 year old granddaughter, who has been living with us along with her mother since birth. I started interesting her in gardening at the age of two and she has been hooked ever since. She loves looking at your information and so often says “We can do that pa!” Thank you once again and may you be continually blessed with great insights and health. Every Blessing.”
Barry Davis & Elisha, VIC Australia
“I recently have had a bit of an awakening regarding the importance of what we put in our bodies. Your newsletter and posts are really useful and thought provoking.”
Terri Summer, US
“Hi Anne, thank you for your very helpful tips. I am a pensioner, but not too old to learn from someone more plant wise than me.”
Paul Wilson Weymouth, Dorset, U.K.
“Hi Anne. Just discovered your website via Pinterest… It is wonderful!! May you continue to have an abundantly healthy life…you so deserve it. Your generosity of spirit in all that you do is fabulous! Thanks so much Anne…you are doing the most important work on the planet…how to love and care for ourselves via the earth.”
Cherry, New Zealand
“I love your newsletter. It’s informative and fun. The best site for micro gardening. I thank you.”
Debby Martin, US
“Hi Anne, you have a great blog that makes me want to charge outside to garden.”
“Thanks so much! I’m a longtime gardener who just discovered your wonderful web site. Fantastic!”
Christina Bozza

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