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Summer Heatwaves in My Garden

Weather extremes – hot or cold – make it challenging to grow food. Don’t you agree? Severe conditions with intense heat and long periods of drought are especially tough to deal with.

Summer Heatwaves in My Garden - Growing Food in Hot Dry Conditions

Normally, January and February are our ‘wet’ rainy storm and cyclone season. On average, we’d have received about 360mm (14 in) by now. How much rain have we had here in subtropical SE Queensland, Australia over this time? In my garden, just 55mm (2in) all year!

On top of these unseasonally extreme dry conditions, we’ve had soaring temperatures since December. We’ve experienced the most 30°C+ (86°F) consecutive days for years. Today, it’s 40°C (104°F). Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to a forecast cooler day – just 33°C! Not to mention drying winds. Nice!

So, as a gardener, it’s essential to be flexible and learn to adapt to changing weather conditions. I’m no exception! We have to learn to accept we get too much or not enough sun or rain sometimes, and go with the flow of life. Plants adapt and we can too.

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February 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

February 2017 Newsletter - VIDEO Tips on Sowing Lettuce Seeds, 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Raising Seeds, 3 Edible Seeds + Summer Heatwaves in my Garden

Hi and welcome to the February Newsletter.

Whether you’re in the southern hemisphere like me and feeling the heat of summer, or indoors due to the cold, it’s likely you’ll be sowing seeds soon for either autumn or spring.

So, this month, I’m sharing another quick ‘How To’ video in my Sow Simple series of free tutorials to help you grow an abundant, healthy garden in just minutes. Dig in!


Sowing Lettuce Seeds

In this quick 2 minute video clip, I share easy-to-apply tips on how to successfully sow lettuce seeds.

Like this video? Let me know in the comments if you found this helpful.

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2017-02-15T15:42:11+00:00 Categories: Newsletters|4 Comments

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Seeds

Have you tried raising seeds but they failed to germinate successfully? It may be due to one of these five common causes.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Seeds

Raising Seeds: 5 Common Mistakes You can Avoid

  1. Choosing Unsafe Food Seeds

  • Did you know the majority of seeds (non-certified organic and some heirloom and open-pollinated brands) are sprayed with fungicides? This chemical process is used to stop rodents and insects from eating the seeds during storage. GMO (genetically modified) seeds are also creeping into our food system. Read the packets carefully when buying your seeds. Look for wording like “Certified Organic” and “Non-GMO”.

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January 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

The Micro Gardener January 2017 Newsletter - Tips on Sowing Leafy Greens, Garden Journals, 2017 Garden Goals + My 2016 Garden Harvests

Hi and welcome to the first Newsletter for 2017 in a new fresh format!

Each month I’ll be sharing a short ‘How To’ video plus bite-sized tips and inspiration to help you grow an abundant, healthy garden in just minutes. Dig in!


5 Tips on Sowing Leafy Greens

In this quick 2 minute video clip, I share easy-to-apply tips on succession planting, varieties, microclimates, harvesting and nutrients.

Like this video? Let me know in the comments if you found this helpful.


Leafy greens kale spinach in green smoothieLeafy Greens: Did you know?

Dark leafy greens are high in magnesium, an important nutrient often missing in our diets. This mineral is responsible for many chemical functions in your body and deficiencies can results in a variety of health problems.

Add a few spinach or kale leaves to smoothies, lightly steam leafy greens with your meals or enjoy raw in salads.

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Harvests From My 2016 Garden

To start the year off, I thought I’d share a few photos of what I’ve grown and harvested from my garden in the last year.

Harvests from My 2016 Garden

Despite the drought, with less than 50% of the average annual rainfall, I’ve managed to:

  • harvest a continual supply of nutrient-packed food from our garden while working;
  • sell, share and swap a surplus of vegetables and herbs;
  • save thousands of seeds;
  • propagate hundreds of cuttings and new plants; and
  • preserve the harvest in many ways.

In addition to the many flowers, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and shrubs in our garden, these are a variety of the seasonal edibles I’ve grown.

Fruits and Berries

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Why a Garden Journal is Your Most Valuable Tool

Why Should You Bother Keeping a Garden Journal?

Because if you want to minimize mistakes and maximize successes and enJOYment in your garden, being observant and recording what you see is essential. Even a few brief notes in a Garden Journal can make a massive difference.

Why a Garden Journal is Your Most Valuable Tool - Want to minimize mistakes and maximize successes in your garden? Discover how keeping a Garden Journal can help you take a shortcut to becoming an expert gardener in your own garden. Keeping a simple record of what you observe is vital + SO easy. Dig in!

Most of us think we’ll remember what we’ve seen or done in our garden. But, time is a funny thing. It’s so easy to forget with the busyness of life, what we saw or did, and when that occurred. Where did last year go? In a flash!

Have you ever noticed holey leaf damage on a plant? Have greedy insects beaten you to it? It can be disheartening and frustrating to feel you can’t do anything about it.

  • But what if you knew that at a certain time each year, grasshopper eggs were going hatch?
  • What if you kept a record so you could put preventative controls in place to avoid that damage?
  • Would that be valuable?
  • Wouldn’t you feel a sense of satisfaction knowing what to expect and what actions to take when?

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December 2016 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

The Micro Gardener December 2016 Newsletter

Hi and welcome to the December 2016 Newsletter – the last issue for this year! I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and for all the emails, photos and positive feedback I’ve received this year.

I’ve loved speaking at so many events, garden clubs and shows; designing my client’s gardens and sharing the joys of helping so many people grow their own food. I’m so lucky my work is also my passion. It’s also been a big year launching this new website. There’s so much more in store in 2017 as I roll out my new courses and some cool new website features I know you’ll love.

There’s a banquet of tips to inspire you again this month:

  • SAVE 15% with COUPON offer – Expires 31-12-16
  • New Online Courses Coming in 2017!
  • I Need Your Help …
  • How to Prepare for Planting next Season
  • How to Increase your Corn Harvest
  • Is there a Safe Wood Preservative for Food Gardens?
  • How to Know When to Harvest Potatoes
  • Moon Calendar now available on Amazon

So tuck in! If you missed the tips in my last newsletter, CLICK HERE.

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November 2016 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

Hi and welcome to the November 2016 Newsletter. I’m sharing a bucket load of tips and inspiration with you this month including:

The Micro Gardener November 2016 Newsletter

  • Broccoli – Health Benefits + Best Ways to Eat
  • 6 Recycling Ideas for your Garden
  • Shop Specials – SAVE 15% (See COUPON offer)
  • 12 Tips + Uses for Mint – in your Garden & Kitchen
  • Peek over the Fence … into Jennifer’s Garden (inspiring photos!)
  • Growing Edible Plants in the Shade
  • Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants
  • Blog articles
  • Follow The Micro Gardener on Instagram

So tuck in! If you missed the tips in my last newsletter, CLICK HERE.

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October 2016 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

Hi and welcome to this issue of The Micro Gardener Newsletter. There are lots of tips and inspiration for your garden this month:

The Micro Gardener October 2016 Newsletter

  • 9 Ways to Solve Common Nasturtium Problems
  • Garden Design Ideas (photos to inspire you!)
  • Herb Tea Garden Tips
  • 4 Ways to Reuse Corn Husks to Feed your Garden
  • How to Preserve Nutrients when Storing Leafy Greens
  • Potting Mix Guide + Moon Calendar SPECIAL OFFER
  • Upcoming Events
  • Blog articles

So tuck in! If you missed the tips in my last newsletter, CLICK HERE.

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September 2016 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

Hi and welcome! In this issue of The Micro Gardener Newsletter, check out tips and inspiration for your garden:

The Micro Gardener September 2016 Newsletter

  • NEW PRODUCT! How to Make Potting Mix at Home Guide
  • Creative Upcycled Plant Tie Ideas
  • Easy Way to Clean Tools
  • 8 Ways to Use Hessian in your garden
  • Eat a Rainbow for Good Health
  • Peas – Did you know?
  • Blog articles

So tuck in! If you missed the tips in my last newsletter, CLICK HERE.

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