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?Read More
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…
One of the very first things I was introduced to when I started to consider the impact of the chemicals I was using in my home and on myself, was the astounding array of crap that exists in products intended for personal use. Everything from soap, shampoo, hand wash, deodorant, makeup, skin care, the lot, all made up primarily of words I could not say - even after a number of years studying chemistry.Read More
Todays Meaningful Gardener is someone I have followed on Instagram and her blog for some time now, completely marvelling at how different our two growing conditions are... meet Nicki Mckay, from the beautifully named blog, Love of Dirt.
Nicki gardens in a compact and super productive city farm in her back yard. I love how much abundance can come from a small space - and Nicki even has a little aquaponics system going in her city space, proving lots of delicious produce. As a 'digital creative', Nicki's garden is a place of respite and refuge for her, a connection to the physical world (I LOVE the line about "the simplicity of just living") - read on below & thank you so much for inspiring us Nicki!Read More