We have tools and books that are hard to come by, seeds that we grow here in Napoleons, buy-once treasures, and gifts for the gardeners in your life. We are in Napoleons, a smidge south of Ballarat, in Victoria, Australia.

GROW, MAKE AND MEND, in small steps, with good tools and few rules, no matter how big or small your place is.

Ever bought a great looking gardening book with all good intentions only to have it soon end up just another pretty bookshelf-ornament? What you are missing is Level Zero – vegetable gardening for absolute beginners.

WE GROW & MAKE FOOD – not everything, just the achievable stuff that saves money, tastes great, avoids waste, and works well in our climate. Grab a cuppa, perch on the corner of a garden bed, and let’s chat.

 WE CLOSE THE LOOP wherever we can – reducing waste, repairing tools, reclaiming resources, choosing ‘buy-once’, replenishing soil and keeping as much carbon and organics on the property as possible.

thank you for your kind words…

put the kettle on


“I followed your [asparagus] guidelines… The thing I didn’t know how to grow is the one thing that is growing well. My kiddo is going to be so excited to see it. Thank you again.” (Facebook) JUL2020


“Iso-gardening seemed like a good idea but the ‘beginner’ book we got online was too much information! Pretty relieved to find the Level Zero of growing veg. We are on our way. 👍” JUN2020


“Asparagus always seems so exotic. You say I can keep it in a pot even? I’ll give it a try and yell out if I get stuck. I am in Adelaide BTW 🙂” (Facebook) MAY2020


“I love your photos. This is amazing!” (Insta) APR2020


“Garden Haiku.
Such a nice activity.
In the Summer shade.”
– MAR2020


“Marmalade cake YUM get in my mouth please.” FEB2020


“Hello from Osaka >o< we don’t have a garden because our apartment is on 11th floor. Your garden is very enjoyable.” JAN2020


“One phrase so simple but has changed everything, ‘there is no away‘.  That one phrase is reshaping how we eat and live”  DEC2019


“haha – just realised you are in Australia!
I’m in Arizona but still totally hooked. Your mustard recipe is a big hit!”  NOV2019


“I can hear Dad’s voice in your writing.
It’s wonderful you are building on what he taught you in the garden.”   OCT2019