and back.

frog in the corn bed

WE CLOSE THE LOOP wherever we can. That means keeping a waste hitlist, repairing tools, reclaiming used resources, replenishing soil and keeping as much carbon and organics on our property as possible. We subscribe to the principle that a thousand folks taking small imperfect steps without letting up gets us closer to progress than the pursuit of an ideal. In this spirit, we hope you will find small useful ideas here.

Explore and ask questions. Please do tell us about your garden to plate progress and ask questions in the comments sections, so we know what stories you like and would like next, and of course contact us any time.

Three-trick pony

Three-trick pony

I used to live with my Gran when I went to university. She taught me a lot about making good food, eating simply and making do. It has had a strong influence on how we live now.

Garden frames

Garden frames

Frames can be made from all sorts of things. I don't like wasting materials as you know, so I am always looking out for timber and steel I can repurpose. No matter how thrifty though, if it doesn't do the job or look neat, then I'm out. >> works and looks good...

Quick Mitts

Quick Mitts

Bought oven mitts are.. disappointing. Linen oven mitts are great, but pricey. Have your cake, and bake it too, with your very own no-waste linen quick-mitts.

Volunteers welcome

Volunteers welcome

Who wouldn’t want more volunteers in the garden? If you do trenching, you’ll have more show up than you could have hoped for, and every single one happy and tasty. Haha.

Go paperless

Go paperless

The Gardening Australia magazine – DIGITAL version – is cost effective, up-to-date, accessible, paperless and dang handy. Never read out-of-date magazines that you aren’t into at the doctor’s office ever again 😉👍

Trenching, Level Zero

Trenching, Level Zero

Trenching Level Zero is perfect for small spaces or even balcony gardens, and so easy to achieve. Reduce your food waste and feed your plants.

Try Trenching

Try Trenching

Not enough space or time for composting, or just not keen? Try trenching instead to use your food waste, no matter how big or small your place is.

Contactless travel cutlery

Contactless travel cutlery

Giving my bag a tidy out this week I thought folks might like to see my super handy home made travel lunch kit. With contactless food pickup at the moment, it is also a way to be totally sure of where your eating tools have been.

Plastic Footprints

Plastic Footprints

Even if we stopped making virgin plastic right now, there would still be enough out in the world to last us forever. Time to get it back.

My metal funnel

My metal funnel

We want to love and buy local rather than import, reduce plastics and consumption of single use glass given it has a far lower rate of recycling than metal/tin. Let’s do both, with a metal funnel.

The Stock Cycle

The Stock Cycle

We grow, make and store, but that’s not near the whole story.
In order to really make the most of our resources, and reduce food waste, we need to be sure every single edible part of the plants we grow can be used. This is the ‘stock cycle’.

There is no ‘away’

There is no ‘away’

This past 40 years we have been drunk on convenience with no concept of cost. We now know there ARE costs and we cannot unknow it. We can no longer ‘throw away’.

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