July 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

July 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the July 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 and use food wisely in just minutes. Dig in and help others by sharing these tips!


Clean out the Fridge Soup

In this quick video lesson, I share an easy way to use up small quantities of vegetables, herbs and spices in your fridge.  I call it my ‘Clean out the Fridge’ Soup – a simple idea for using up leftovers! Recipe below – I hope you enjoy it.

 


Vegetable Leftovers Soup Recipe

Clean out the fridge vegetable leftovers soup recipe

Click to print, share and save this recipe!

Click to print, share and save this recipe!


How to Use Compost + 7 Benefits of Composting

Many of the problems gardeners have with their plants are caused because of poor soil. Plants are often ‘hungry’ or ‘thirsty’ and suffer ill health as a result! When you improve the quality of your soil, your plants automatically benefit.

Compost is one of the easiest ways to help you resolve these issues. In my latest article, I share 4 easy ways to use compost to grow healthier plants and boost the quality of your garden soil. Compost will help you save money on expensive fertilisers and reduce the amount of water you use too. That’s something to smile about. 🙂

How to Use Compost and 7 Benefits of Composting

I also give you 7 powerful reasons why composting should be on your gardening ‘to do’ list.  CLICK HERE to read now.


Reduce Your Kitchen Waste

Think about how much food you eat in an average week. What happens to the food scraps? Like peelings, stalks, seeds, outer leaves, roots and inedible bits.

What do you do with food scraps?

What do you do with food scraps?

One option is to regrow more free food from some of the leftovers. Another is to feed to pets, chickens or your worm farm.

What about spoiled food in your fridge or pantry? I call them UFO’s (Unidentified Food Objects)! In your house, do these squishy or furry foods get binned or recycled to avoid waste? Old food may look a bit yucky, but these ‘science experiments’ as my husband calls them, are nature’s way of decomposing into nutrient-rich plant food. It’s just the lens you look through!

“When plants die, they’re recycled into basic elements [by the biota in the soil] and become a part of new plants. It’s a closed cycle. There is no bio-waste.” — Alice Friedemann

According to FoodWise foodwise.com.au in Australia, “Up to 40% of the average household bin is food.” Around 345kg or $1000 worth of food is thrown into landfill annually, producing harmful greenhouse gases. It’s pretty similar in other countries too. When binned, the water, fuel and resources it took to get the food from paddock to plate is also wasted. That’s a huge amount of organic matter ending up in garbage, that could be used to grow a healthy garden.

I hate waste. I try to see the embodied value in materials and look for sustainable options to repurpose and reuse whenever possible. Simple habits can make a difference.


3 Quick Ways to Preserve Food

One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to only buy what you need. Ideally, grow as many of your own foods as possible, so you only harvest what you want. Menu plan around fresh ingredients from your garden and use up food before buying more.

Harvest basket of fresh colourful ingredients

I create meals from daily harvests of colourful fresh ingredients from my garden

Check your fridge weekly. I have a drawer for salad ingredients, one for vegetables and another for fruit. I can quickly see what I have left and menu plan around them. Here are a few quick tips to store food rather than waste it:

1. Herbs: Collect any unused herbs and hang to dry. Or put on a tray in a low oven until crisp. Store your dried herbs in clean jars. This helps preserve the nutrients and flavour.

When herbs are air dried in a sheltered warm spot, they will become crisp and easy to crumble into a jar for storage.

When herbs are air dried in a sheltered warm spot, they will become crisp and easy to crumble into a jar for storage.

2. Vegetables: Chop any leftover vegetables and freeze. I use these as the base for my dog’s vegetable soup or to make my own vegetable stock.

3. Fruit: Not going to use up all your fruit? Try slicing leftover pears, apples, citrus and bananas thinly. Dry in your oven until they are like ‘fruit leather’. Enjoy as quick dried fruit snacks.

Leaving skin on your apples when drying saves prep time and is also nutritious if organic.

Leaving skin on your apples when drying saves prep time and is also nutritious if organic.

What are your tips for avoiding food waste? Share in the comments!

 

“The preservation of health is easier than the cure for disease.” – BJ Palmer



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June 2017 Newsletter

Organic Gardening Tips for an Abundant Harvest

June 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 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!


Tips on Harvesting Pumpkin

In this quick video lesson, I share simple ideas to help you with ways to harvest pumpkin to avoid waste and cure it to improve storage life.

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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.

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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!

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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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