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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 …

Recent Articles

  • 12 Tips on How to Grow Healthy Microgreens

12 Valuable Tips to Grow Healthy Microgreens

Need some help raising healthy microgreens? Learn how to avoid mould; get your timing right; feed, store & reuse seed raising mix + more tips.

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Health Benefits of Eating and Growing Purple Foods

Discover the key nutrients in purple plants that provide health benefits, how to get more purple varieties in your diet + tips for eating/cooking.

  • 2017 tour and harvests from my garden | The Micro Gardener

Tour Through my 2017 Garden

Dig into a visual feast of delicious harvests from Anne, The Micro Gardener's 2017 Garden. Fruits, vegies + herbs grown using easy organic techniques.

  • 5 Simple Secrets to Building Healthy Soil

5 Simple Secrets to Building Healthy Soil

Discover how chemicals, digging & compaction, organic matter, ground covers & moisture affect soil health. Easy practical tips to create healthy soil & plants.

  • 9 Reasons You Should Grow Cosmos Flowers

9 Reasons You Should Grow Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos are pretty, easy to grow edible flowers that attract bees and beneficial insects; self-sow; gift you free seeds; cut flowers & love poor soil + no water. What's not to love? Learn more.

  • Best tips for growing root crops - The Micro Gardener

Best Tips for Growing Root Crops

Discover the best time for sowing and harvesting root crops (tubers, bulbs, rhizomes + roots); learn 5 storage tips and how to grow safe root vegetables to avoid chemicals and pesticides.

  • Is PVC plastic safe to use in an organic garden?

Is PVC Plastic Safe to Use in an Organic Garden?

Are you concerned about your health, avoiding chemicals & eating safe food? Learn how PVC leaches chemicals into soil and plants, what to avoid + safer options for your garden.

  • Anne ready for client consultation with basket of goodies

The Micro Gardener wins Sustainable Business Award

I take you on a quick photo tour of some of the projects I've been busy with and the sustainable business award I just won.

  • 5 Reasons to Grow Sunflowers

5 Reasons to Grow Sunflowers

Discover how to use sunflowers for free edible seeds, cut flowers, to attract pest-patrolling birds and bees to improve your harvest + help detox contaminated soil. Sunflowers are more than just pretty faces!

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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!”

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