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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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August 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 August 2016 Newsletter - Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest. Want to grow your own food and improve your health? Join my free newsletter for how-to tips, exclusive insights and practical articles every month. Dig in to start learning now!

  • New Website Launched!
  • Over the Fence … in my Garden
  • Blooming Benefits of Flowers
  • Overwatering – Avoiding Soggy Soil Problems
  • When SHOULD you water?
  • Nutrient-dense Food Tips – Garlic
  • Blog articles

So tuck in! If you missed the tips in my last newsletter, CLICK HERE. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader free here.

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