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Choosing Fruit Trees for Small Gardens

Thinking about growing your own fruit trees? No matter how little space you have, there’s almost always room for at least one fruit tree.

The taste and satisfaction of picking homegrown fruit is one of life's pleasures!

The taste and satisfaction of picking homegrown fruit is one of life’s pleasures!

5 Tips for Fruit Trees in Small Gardens

I grow a LOT of fruit trees in a small space. Some in containers, others in the garden. It’s highly productive and I grow kilos of fruit every year. Some fruit trees are young and on their way to producing. Others are putting food on the table regularly!

Here, I grow a lot of tropical fruit trees like bananas, papaya, mango, mulberries, citrus and peaches. It takes time to get to know each fruit and how much space they require to be productive.

It can be overwhelming if you’re just starting out growing fruit trees, so I hope these tips help you avoid expensive mistakes.

1. Only Grow Fruit you LOVE to Eat

Fruit trees are like a long-term investment – in time, space and money. I think of my fruit trees like V.I.P.’s in the garden. Very Important Plants! They get the best position and special treatment, so why bother growing fruit you aren’t that fond of?

How do you choose, if you love LOTS of fruits? Which fruit do you spend the most money on? Which fruit do you eat the most of? Consider adding these fruits to your wish list.

These are a good starting point for researching varieties that may be suitable to grow in your area.

My husband always wanted a peach tree, so I found a tropical peach that produces plump fruits every year in a large pot.

My husband always wanted a peach tree, so I found a tropical peach that produces plump fruits every year in a large pot.

2. Choose Fruit to suit your Sun, Space and Climate

Sunlight

If you only have limited sunlight, your choices in fruit will be more limited than if you have 6-8 hours of sunlight/day. The majority of fruit trees need at least some sun to produce a healthy fruit harvest, and most prefer full sun. However, there are some fruits that will grow in partial shade too, so don’t despair!

Vertical Space

Remember to consider your vertical space as a potential area to grow fruit. Some fruits can be espaliered (trained to grow vertically on a frame).

Espaliered fruit trees trained to grow in a narrow space against brick wall

Espaliered fruit trees growing in a narrow space against a brick wall

Apples, pears, apricots and plums are a few fruit trees suitable for espaliering up trellises, fences and even unused vertical space along walls.

Lawn vs Fruit Trees

If you spend a lot of time mowing, watering and maintaining grass, how much return you get for your efforts? If you have children or pets that really need the space, you can probably justify your lawn. However, if you have limited space for fruit trees, consider swapping grass for groceries. You could grow kilos of fruit every year in the same space! Lawn or lemons? Mmm … I’ll leave you to ponder that one.

Climate

There are so many fruit tree varieties to choose from, but one of the most important factors is your unique climate. Contact local nurseries, speak with neighbours, visit community gardens or farmers in your area to find out what grows well.

Whilst most apples thrive in cold climates here in Australia, in the subtropics where I live, we can thankfully grow tropical apple varieties! It might take a little effort to research suitable fruit tree varieties in your area, but this can make the difference to your long-term fruit tree success.

You can also create a suitable microclimate for the fruit tree you want to grow e.g. by providing shelter or planting against brick walls to benefit from reflected heat.

Lemon tree in portable container garden indoors in winter in a warm sunny microclimate with reflected heat through glass doors

Lemon tree in portable container garden indoors in winter in a warm sunny microclimate with reflected heat through glass doors

3. Dwarf Fruit Trees

Most fruit trees typically reach a mature height of at least 4.5m (15ft) if not pruned. In a small garden, most of us wouldn’t have room for more than a few trees this size. If you want to grow several varieties, you’d quickly fill the space or have to spend a LOT of time pruning.

So what’s your solution? Dwarf fruit trees! These are grafted onto roots from a related species – a shorter, more compact fruit tree ‘cousin’!  So dwarf fruit trees grow in less space and to a lower height than if they grew on their own roots.

Compact dwarf fruit trees offer you a number of benefits:

  • They don’t need much pruning;
  • Often fruit in under two years;
  • The fruit are the same size as regular fruit trees;
  • Multi-grafted fruit trees grow several different fruits on the one tree, saving space;
  • Are more suitable for balconies, containers and espaliering in narrow spaces;
  • Are easier to net (to protect against birds and animals); and
  • Are much easier to access for harvesting – no ladders!
Grafted dwarf fruit tree varieties in pots suitable for small gardens

Grafted dwarf fruit tree varieties in pots suitable for small gardens

Some dwarf rootstock offer you other advantages, like being resistant to disease; suited to wet or dry soils; strong vigorous growth; or ability to withstand winds.

4. Growing Fruit Trees in Containers

You may be thinking of growing a fruit tree in a container, rather than a garden due to space limitations or because you are renting. If so, there are other things to consider such as:

  • The size of the pot will limit the growth of your fruit tree.
  • You will need to re-pot into a larger container as the tree grows, probably at least every 18 months – 2 years.
  • The shape of container should make it easy to remove your tree.  Grow bags and fabric Smart Pots are a couple of solutions. Only choose pots that have straight sides or taper in towards the bottom for easy removal.
  • Many pots (especially unfired clay) and potting mix dry out quickly. So consider a low-maintenance drip watering system like EasiOyYa to keep moisture up to your potted fruit tree.


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5. Fruit Tree Pollination

Many fruit trees need pollinators such as bees, beneficial insects or bats to fertilize flowers and ‘set’ fruit. Other fruit tree varieties need more than one tree to cross-pollinate. If you want a variety of different fruits in a small space, this can present a challenge. No pollination = no fruit!

An abundant harvest from the mandarin tree

An abundant harvest from the mandarin tree

In a small garden space, one of the easiest solutions is to purchase fruit trees that are ‘self-fertile’ or ‘self-pollinating’.  Some fruit trees that are usually self-fertile are citrus, figs, peaches, apricots and nectarines. You may also find some multi-grafted trees such as citrus (lemon, orange and mandarin on the one tree) are also self-fertile.

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May 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

May 2017 Newsletter - Organic Gardening Tips | The Micro Gardener

Welcome to the May Newsletter. Lots of quick tips to get you thinking about the food you eat and grow.

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 and help others by sharing these tips!


Easy Ways to Use Beetroot

In this video clip, I share ways to enjoy the health benefits of beautiful beetroot with simple ideas for eating leaves, roots and stems.


Food Revolution Summit Encore Weekend (May 12-14)

My friends, John and Ocean Robbins, just hosted a wildly successful Food Revolution Summit that drew more than 250,000 people. I hope you listened – it was inspiring and enlightening. If you missed it, they’ve decided to offer the entire Summit for a special encore weekend, May 12-14th (US time).

It’s 100% FREE – CLICK HERE to LISTEN NOW!

Replay Encore Weekend 12-14 May

Replay Encore Weekend 12-14 May

You can listen to powerful tips to get over food-related struggles like depression, excess weight, low energy, and poor sleep plus so much more.

CLICK HERE to listen to the Food Revolution Summit now.

Be quick, because the Encore Weekend ends on Sunday night!

(Note – should you choose to proceed to purchase any products promoted by the Food Revolution Summit we may be paid an affiliate commission)

Choosing Fruit Trees for Small Gardens

Dreaming of growing your own fruit trees? Harvesting juicy homegrown fruit is one of the most delicious rewards any gardener can enjoy. I love snacking on berries in my garden or picking a juicy peach with the sweetest flavour. There’s something so satisfying about putting your own fruit on the plate.

The taste and satisfaction of picking homegrown fruit is one of life's pleasures!

The taste and satisfaction of picking homegrown fruit is one of life’s pleasures!

In my latest article, I share 5 key tips on what you should consider when planning on productive fruit trees for small garden spaces. CLICK HERE to read now.


Nutrient-Dense Food Tips

I have a passion for sharing ways to get the most nutrient value from your food. Not only if you grow it, but also when you buy, cook, store and preserve it.

According to Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, you can increase the nutrient-value of many foods you eat. This book is a favourite in my home library.

These are a few tips I hope will benefit you:

  • 1. BROCCOLI – When you eat broccoli RAW, you benefit from 20 times more of the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane, than if you eat broccoli COOKED. Incredible hey? If you’re not used to eating broccoli raw, I get it! You might be thinking “No way!” so I want to share 5 ways I enjoy it most. I hope to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and get a little creative in the kitchen, for the sake of your health. Try these ideas:
    • Cut the head into individual florets and eat as a snack with your favourite dip instead of crackers.
    • Add to salads with a tasty dressing for a delicious crunch. I think it’s especially delicious with nuts and toasted sunflower seeds.
    • Grow or eat baby broccoli as microgreens. Don’t wait months for a plant to mature and produce a whole head of broccoli! You can harvest broccoli microgreens in 2-3 weeks (depending on when you sow your seeds). Or buy them. Simply snip onto salads and meals to add digestive enzymes, just before serving.
    • Juice broccoli with other vegetables like carrot and beetroot for a refreshing drink or add to green smoothies. Yummo!
    • Add raw broccoli florets, toasted walnuts or sunflower seeds and a sprinkle of your favourite seasoning* to a food processor. * I use a pinch of Himalayan pink salt or nutritional yeast flakes (which taste a bit like parmesan cheese). Blitz for about 30 seconds until a fine crumbly texture. No one will ever know broccoli is hiding in your crumb topping! Use as a raw sprinkle over potatoes, salads, vegetables or any other dish. Sneaky, I know … but it works!

 

5 Easy Ways to Eat Broccoli Raw for all the nutritional benefits

5 easy ways to eat broccoli raw for all the nutritional benefits

 

  • 2. SWEET POTATO – Did you know that putting sweet potatoes in your fridge can cause the flavour to go “off”? They are best stored at room temperature. I keep mine in the bottom of my pantry, where it’s dark and cool in a paper bag. Here are more tips for maximizing the nutrient-value of your sweet potatoes:
    • Skins contain more nutrition than the flesh, so eat the whole sweet potato. Now I grow mine, so they’re organic of course. So I don’t have to worry about any toxic chemicals commonly found in conventionally grown sweet potatoes. If you buy yours, please choose organic or else you’ll miss out on these nutrients. Otherwise you should peel them. Just remember, some chemicals used in conventional farming are systemic. That means they are absorbed into the entire vegetable not just the skin. No amount of washing or scrubbing can remove them. Another reason to grow your own!
    • Steam, roast or bake sweet potatoes, rather than boil them. Why? These cooking methods can double their antioxidant value, whereas boiling reduces it. Antioxidants provide many beneficial health benefits including helping to build your immune system and prevent many diseases.
Crispy sweet potato chips are a delicious way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable.

Crispy sweet potato chips are a delicious way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. Don’t you feel like reaching into that bowl and crunching on them?

 

  • 3. LEMONS AND LIMES – These juicy citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C and compounds called flavanones, with antioxidant and anticancer properties. These are a daily addition to my diet for health reasons but citrus are not available in season, year round. So how do you best store them and get the most nutrient-value?
    • Ideally, grow your own – even in a pot. At least for some of the year, you will have fresh fruit with maximum nutrient value.
    • When buying lemons and limes, colour will tell you a lot about how ripe they are. Did you know that the darkest green limes have been picked when immature? That’s so they will have a longer shelf life. The fruit you buy, may not be as fresh as you think! They’ll also have the least juice.  Ripe, mature limes are actually yellow, not green!

     

    How to choose juicy ripe limes by colour

    How to choose juicy ripe limes by colour

     

    • Look for fresh, firm fruit with glossy skins. Pick several fruit up and feel how heavy they are for their size. The heaviest ones will have the most juice.
    • Lemons and limes are best kept in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.
    • If you want to preserve the juice, squeeze and freeze in ice cube trays. This helps preserve the phytonutrients and flavour in the juice.
    • Don’t waste the skin. Zest or peel it and freeze too. Add to herbal teas, poached fruits or when baking. Or dry it and grind into powdered vitamin C.
    • Did you know lemons can help preserve the nutrients in other foods? Pretty cool hey! If you add a dash of lemon juice to your cup or teapot before you brew green tea, this magnifies the phytonutrients in the tea and your body’s ability to absorb them.

 

Add lemon juice before brewing green tea to boost phytonutrients and absorption

I add a frozen lemon juice ice cube when making my green tea

 

Did you enjoy those tips? Let me know in the comments.


Time Your Planting for Healthy Harvests

One of the ways I maximize production in my garden is by timing WHEN I sow, transplant, fertilize and propagate in harmony with the moon phases each month. Why? Because the soil moisture and plant sap changes with the gravitational pull of the moon. I just tune into the best times to use that to my advantage – and you can too. Read what other gardeners have experienced when timing their activities with the moon cycle.

CLICK HERE to learn ALL the advantages of gardening using the monthly moon cycle

Using a moon calendar to boost seed germination by timing planting in harmony with moon phases

Use the Moon Calendar to encourage faster seed germination by sowing in harmony with moon phases

CLICK HERE to get your own Moon Calendar Gardening Guide.


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Anne Gibson | The Micro Gardener NewsletterI look forward to sharing more ways to grow good health soon.

Happy gardening,

Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener

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3 Tips on Growing Peas and Beans

Do you love the crisp sweet crunch of young peas and beans? These easy-to-grow crops are perfect for all gardeners in small urban spaces. In pots, plots or garden beds!

3 Tips for Growing Peas & Beans

How do you get the highest yield from your peas and beans, especially if you have limited space?

These are tips I use to grow healthy pea and bean plants that produce an abundant harvest. I hope they help you too.

3 Tips for Growing Abundant Peas and Beans

1. Healthy Soil and Fertilising

  • Peas and beans both prefer well drained, moist soils, with plenty of organic matter and a soil pH 6.0-7.5.
  • You can make your own potting mix like I do, or improve your soil with compost and worm castings if you have them. I also add minerals and mulch. Click here for tips on preparing your soil for planting.
  • Every couple of weeks apply a liquid fertiliser such as seaweed, fish emulsion or diluted worm casting concentrate to boost growth.
Sugar Snap Pea Seedlings - save time by planting seedlings if you have a short season.

Apply seaweed when planting seedlings to avoid transplant shock.

2. Get your Timing Right

  • Choose varieties suited to your season and climate. I’m lucky to be able to grow beans all year round in my subtropical climate. I just choose my varieties carefully for the season – climbing snake beans over summer; dwarf and runner beans for the rest of the year. So timing is important when selecting your seeds or seedling varieties – learn what will grow when.
  • Peas are another story. Sadly, I can only grow these through the cooler months, unless I raise seeds as microgreens. This is one way to extend your season to grow pea shoots for longer. A brilliant way to benefit from the extra nutrients too.
Quick growing pea shoot microgreens

Quick growing pea shoot microgreens

  • Sow early morning or late afternoon if in a warm/hot climate to avoid heat stress for seedlings.
  • Plant in the new moon phase for faster seed germination and strong growth. This is also the best time to apply liquid fertilizers as you’ll see much quicker results. Root development and leaf growth comes before flowers and pods, so use this timing to your advantage!

3. Succession and Companion Planting

  • Succession Planting – To get a continuous supply of peas and beans, you need to succession plant or “sow little, and often.” Every couple of weeks I sow more peas or beans, so I stagger the planting – and the harvest.
French climbing beans growing up a bamboo trellis

French climbing beans growing up a bamboo trellis

  • When choosing your peas or beans, dwarf or bush varieties will usually produce flowers and pods quicker than climbing peas or runner/pole beans. If you sow some dwarf seeds/seedlings first, you’ll enjoy a fast harvest, while the climbing varieties take longer to produce flowers and pods. While climbers are slow out of the starting gates, they’ll go the distance and produce a harvest over a longer period!
  • Companion planting – To improve pollination of pea and bean crops, there’s a simple principle you can apply. Plant flowers nearby. To attract pollinators, lease out some of your precious garden ‘real estate’ to flower ‘tenants’. They will ‘pay’ you in more peas and beans! As the bees visit the flowers for a free feed, they’ll also stop by and pollinate these crops. Win-win!
Bee pollinating a green bean flower

Bee pollinating a green bean flower

How to Grow Guides

For tutorials with lots of inspiring vertical structures and tips, see my growing guides:

Easy Guide to Growing Perfect Peas – An easy step by step guide with everything you need to know to grow, maintain and harvest peas + delicious recipe ideas.

Jack and the Beanstalk Theme Garden – Tutorial tips for growing beans and a themed garden for children.

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Happy gardening until next month.  Anne

April 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

April 2017 Newsletter - Organic Gardening Tips | The Micro Gardener

Welcome to the April Newsletter. Lots of quick tips to get you thinking about the food you eat and grow.

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!


Growing Gorgeous Garlic Tips

In this video clip, I show you the difference TIMING makes when sowing and harvesting your garlic. You’ll see photos and interesting results from my own garden experiments! I also share quick tips to help you grow your own gorgeous garlic.

CLICK HERE to get your Moon Calendar Gardening Guide.

Click here for Moon Calendar

CLICK HERE to learn ALL the advantages of gardening using the monthly moon cycle


5 Step Guide to Growing Garlic

Want to grow garlic in a pot or your garden? Follow my easy 5 Step illustrated tutorial.

5 Step Guide to Growing Gorgeous Garlic tutorial | The Micro Gardener

Garlic is an incredibly potent food with antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, that help build a healthy immune system.  If you can, try to eat it raw, and crush just before eating. Read my article on ways to use garlic in your kitchen, garden and for health.


Could Your Food be Toxic? Find out!

Even though I grow a LOT of my own food, I still have to make choices about foods I buy. Maybe you have questions about WHAT you’re eating or WHERE you’re sourcing your food? It can be really confusing trying to work out how to make the best choices. I believe the food you eat daily is either hurting or healing your body.

I try to stay up to date with the latest health research so I can make informed choices. Unfortunately, food today, is a LOT less nutritious than decades ago. So we are missing out on important nutrients we need for health.

In the 1950's vegetables had 25% more nutrition than modern hybrids

The greedy food industry is hiding the truth about what they’re doing to your ‘food’. Even many so-called “natural” foods turn out to be hazardous to your health. Now, we’re even seeing genetically modified ingredients showing up in “health” foods, even those labeled “all-natural”. Many of the dangerous ingredients are hidden by inadequate food labelling.

If you care about your health, and want to know how certain foods can help you fight disease and increase vitality, I invite you to join me for the Food Revolution Summit. Despite having a busy life, it’s the one event each year I always make time for. I always learn SO much and know you will too.  It’s kind of like a giant smorgasbord, and you get to pick and choose what’s on the menu! Best of all, it’s free.

From April 29th – May 7th, you can gain valuable insights from 24 of the world’s top food experts and scientists showing you how to eat safe, healthy, and delicious food. If you don’t have time to research for yourself, this is the time and place to get the answers. Every year I pick up new tips to put into practice.

The 6th Annual Food Revolution Summit, April 29 - May 7

You can get it all online, from anywhere on earth. You’ll discover tips and tools to keep you healthy for life. So, if you want to feel good about your food, enjoy more energy, vitality and increased immunity, I encourage you to CLICK HERE to find out more about the connection between food and your health. You’ll also get a bonus Real Food Action Guide you can download immediately. I’ve already got mine, and it’s packed with great information. I hope you’ll join me.


Is your Diet Feeding Cancer – or Fighting Cancer?

Find out by taking this Quiz.

Take the Quiz - Is Your Diet Causing Cancer?

 


3 Tips on Growing Peas and Beans

Peas and beans are some of the easiest foods to grow in small spaces. For most of us around the world, now’s a great time to be planting these crisp nutritious pods.

 3 Tips for Growing Peas & Beans

In my latest blog article, I share tips to grow healthy pea and bean plants that produce an abundant harvest! CLICK HERE to read now.


10 Easy Ways to Avoid Food Waste

This month I gave a workshop on reducing food waste – a passion close to my heart. I challenge myself with ways to use up or reuse most foods and packaging in my kitchen so the recycle bin and garbage are the last resort. Two key ways we can all do this is by:

  • Using more of what we eat and grow;
  • Wasting less of the packaging we buy.

Here are 10 practical ways you can do both:

  • 1. USE 100% of FRESH FOODS – Find creative ways to eat your peels, flowers, skins, seeds, leaves, fruit, roots and stems. Regrow free plants from roots and shoots.
  • 2. Recycle food waste into your COMPOST SYSTEM or WORM FARM to create free fertilizers (liquid and worm castings) for your garden.
Compost your food scraps straight into your garden to help build healthy soil

Compost your food scraps straight into your garden to help build healthy soil

  • 3. Reuse tea leaves and tea bags as MULCH on pot plants.
  • 4. EGGSHELLS – Grind up to add minerals to your garden soil. Add ground shells to your worm farm, compost and around plants.
  • 5. CHOP UP, BLEND or JUICE food scraps to create greater surface area, so they decompose faster.
  • 6. FEED LEFTOVERS to pets, poultry or animals. Guinea pigs and poultry provide free fertilizer in return!
  • 7. NET BAGS – Store garlic; cover melons and pumpkins to protect from animals; and cut into soft plant ties for climbers.
Repurpose your net bags as a temporary cloche to protect seedlings

Repurpose your net bags as a temporary cloche to protect seedlings

  • 8. PLASTIC BOTTLES/CONTAINERS – Reuse and make your own garden supplies e.g. plant pots and labels; seed raisers; funnels; cloches; pot saucers and watering cans.
  • 9. PAPER BAGS – Store potatoes and onions in your pantry; dry and save seeds in them; or add to compost as a carbon ingredient.
  • 10. BREAD TAGS  – Save those plastic clips from your bread bags to tie up climbing plants to a trellis or vertical structure.

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” – Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World



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Thanks for reading! Until next time, I encourage you to embrace dirty fingernails, muddy boots and the joys of growing your own.

Anne Gibson | The Micro Gardener NewsletterI look forward to sharing more ways to grow good health soon.

Happy gardening,

Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener

P.S. I really value your opinion. I’d love to hear your feedback anytime. Leave a comment below or CONTACT ME!


Some links within this newsletter are affiliate links. I only recommend products or services I use personally or believe will add value to my readers. If you purchase a product via an affiliate link, I will earn a small commission. There is no additional cost to you. It’s a way you can support my site, so it’s a win-win for both of us. You directly support my ability to continue bringing you original, inspiring and educational content to help benefit your health. Thanks! Please read my Disclosure Statement for more details.

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New Season Garden Planting Tips

Have you ever experienced unhealthy plants? A poor harvest … or worse, no harvest at all? This may be due to a lack of preparation. Before planting, is the ideal time to prepare and reinvigorate your soil to avoid disappointment. 

New Season Garden Planting Tips

Creating healthy soil is one of the key factors to focus on before you begin planting. It’s unlikely plants will grow well in ‘dead dirt’!

“Organic matter, nutrients, moisture and an active microbe population are important elements to add to your soil.” – Anne Gibson

So let’s take a look at some tips and simple ways to prepare your garden for planting and using your space wisely.

Garden Planting Tips from Andrea’s Backyard

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March 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

Welcome to the March Newsletter. I’m sorry it’s a little late due to my work commitments, but I’ve put together some helpful tips to get you growing and inspired.

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!


How to Grow More Basil Leaves

In this quick 2 minute video clip, I share tips on how to grow more leaves on your basil plants. I show you an easy technique to stimulate new growth so you get an abundant harvest of this delicious herb.

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

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Easy Guide to Growing Basil

How to Plant, Grow, Use and Harvest Basil

Easy Guide to Growing Basil - How to Grow Basil + Planting, Using & Harvesting Tips

Why Grow Basil?

As a gardener and cook, I couldn’t bear to have a garden without Basil. This fragrant herb is not only grown for its flavour but also its many health benefits. I use it in our kitchen as much for its delicious taste as I do for its medicinal properties. Interested in growing basil? Try it in a pot, garden or on your kitchen bench as sprouts or microgreens. Every year, I allocate ‘prime real estate’ space to basil in pots, as well as around my garden. Read on for how you can use this versatile herb.

 

Basil Varieties – Which Basil should you Grow?

Basil (Ocimum Basilicum) is a member of the Mint family (Lamiaceae). Like its mint ‘cousins’, basil comes in a large range of aromatic varieties, with flavours to please even the fussiest taste buds. Annual varieties will last you a season and then provide you with free seeds. Perennial cultivars last much longer and are even better value. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Sweet Basil and Genovese are two of the most popular basil choices for pesto as they have mild sweet flavours.

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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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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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