A Meaningful Garden - The Tree Diaries

Welcome to a new A Meaningful Garden post! Today's Meaningful Gardener is someone who I stumbled on via my very favourite place, Instagram. Hannah Cooper writes a gorgeous blog, The Tree Diaries - I highly highly recommend popping over there if you love beautiful photography and want some garden inspo. I love that she calls their garden The Coopermarket, and I love that she is super real about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to building a garden from scratch and growing at least some of your own food (if you've been drowning under an enormous weight of tomatoes, you'll enjoy this post - good advice Han!). 

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Here and There - A Mini Update

Autumn is upon us (thank goodness) and the golden light, she is everywhere! We've ripped out a large portion of the summer garden and planted it out to garlic, and boy was the garlic ready for it - it popped straight out within a few days, little green points pushing through the soil surface quicker than I thought possible. 

Something else exciting - we settled on our new home last week (you can get a peek on Instagram!). I'm so looking forward to the process of planning and physically building our little home, not to mention applying some good Permaculture planning and principles to the garden and other acres. Straight up, we have a couple of serious weed issues to deal with, and I'm keen to not turn to the conventional 'burn and spray' if it's at all possible...watch this space.

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Companion Planting – Fact or Fiction?

Companion planting seems to be something that some people swear by, and others discount as an old wives tale. I am a strong supporter of planting both flowers and veggies in your garden but I’d often wondered if companion planting was more hype than practicality. We’ve probably all heard the advice to plant basil with tomatoes, but does it work? 

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Is buying Organic always the best choice?

It’s a sunny Saturday morning. You stroll through your local farmers market, buying tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, mixed lettuce, watermelon, corn, all the summery veg, grown without chemical inputs and using sustainable practices. You’ve seen how it’s grown on the farmers website or a social media post or the open day they held where you visited the farm and came to understand how your food was produced just a little better. You carry your market basket crammed with delicious fresh food, that’s been grown and made in your local area knowing that your consumer dollar has supported a producer who is a wonderful steward of the land he or she is farming. You get home, unload your haul and end up with not a single bit of plastic going into the bin, because you’ve been able to take your own reusable bags and jars. With everything settled away, you sit back and feel just a teensy bit smug with how good a job you are doing at supporting local business, eating fresh organic food and saving the planet from plastic packaging…

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Could you Buy Nothing New?

Intentionality has become a big driver in my journey to simple living and I've set a few intentions for myself this New Year - nothing too strict, just a few reminders of what I'd like to make time for and prioritise. Truth be told, I am absolutely useless at keeping resolutions and setting myself goals. As soon as I write them down and set myself milestones toward achieving them, my inner teenager rebels, and I end up having a petulant argument with myself. 

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