Weeds in Urban Food Garden

Posted on 9 November 2017
Weeds in Urban Food Garden
If you own a garden you are able to eat the weeds that grow in it, if they're edible ones, and several are. Even if you're planting a little garden, it can be quite valuable to use plant markers so you always know which plant is where. It is possible to still have an extremely productive garden. Gardening is a wonderful past time for everybody, whether or not you reside in the nation, the suburbs or in an urban place.
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IMPROVING YOUR CAFÉ

Posted on 30 September 2017
IMPROVING YOUR CAFÉ

WHERE THERE'S A CARPARK, THERE'S A POTENTIAL GARDEN

If you own a restaurant, café or food business, you will know that the demand for fresh organic produce is growing as Australians are becoming more health conscious.

One of the best ways to stand out from your competition while also meeting the needs of your customers is to grow your own produce, and these days it's easier to do than you might think.

No longer do you require vast tracts of land to grow fruits and vegetables that can sustain your restaurant's quota extra space in a parking lot or backyard area will suffice.

George Karounos, director of Urban Food Garden, says simple garden beds built atop concrete surfaces or vertical garden walls stacked up against fences can help restaurateurs grow significant amounts of the fresh produce they use daily.

"Most café owners at least have enough spare land to build on we can help them build on top of the ground, the carpark or even up against the fence in a step-frame style garden," says Karounos.

"We help them grow a lot of the produce they use frequently such as herbs or spring onions."

Not only does this mean you can grow and harvest food easily, it also allows you to promote the fact your business grows its own organic produce a significant selling point.

A seasonal garden can also inspire a more creative menu to help set you apart from the competition.

Urban Food Garden works with you to gain necessary council approvals and also offers an ongoing maintenance program to ensure you are getting the most out of your garden.

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Veggie gardens for apartment owners

Posted on 21 September 2017
Veggie gardens for apartment owners

INVENTIVE WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR APARTMENT GARDEN

The Australian population is expected to hit 70 million in the next hundred years, so it's no surprise that developers are starting to consider more ways to build up rather than out.

Although it's safe to say our lives are likely to become more compact, it doesn't mean we must do away with staples of the 'Aussie dream', including a lush home garden.

There are several space and time-saving tricks such as the following you can use to get the most out of your apartment garden.

Consider your space from floor to ceiling

Instead of investing in a fresh coat of paint, why not consider a vertical garden to liven up a feature wall?

Vertical gardens not only make an area feel fresher and more vibrant, they are pragmatic approach to saving space in smaller apartments.

Create a natural screen

Living in a crowded apartment building can sometimes lack a feeling of privacy, however there are a few clever gardening tricks that can help turn your unit into an oasis.

Start with a natural screen to section off part or all of the balcony railings as these solutions are low maintenance, visually stunning and create a greater sense of security.

Natural screens of herbs and veggies are also impressive additions to entertaining. Your guests are sure to love a salad that is both harvested and made before their eyes.

Pick the ideal fruits and veggies

There are certain fruits and veggies that grow well in tight spaces.

When building your balcony or indoor garden, consider the following varieties which are considered some of the easiest to grow:

  • Avocados
  • Peas
  • Artichokes
  • Ginger
  • Assorted herbs
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Salad greens
  • Strawberries

Urban Food Garden are specialists at creating space-saving, self-watering and low maintenance garden solutions in compact spaces. Contact us today to inquire about solutions for your apartment.

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Retirement home focus

Posted on 14 September 2017
Retirement home focus

10 REASONS WHY OLDER AUSSIES ARE HEALTHIEST IN THE GARDEN

No matter what age, human beings thrive most when they are active.

However, as we get older it often becomes necessary to favour low impact exercise that's a little bit kinder on the muscles, but still just as stimulating to the heart and mind. Studies have shown that spending time in the garden is one such activity.

Besides being a great way to nourish the body with exercise and fresh air, there are numerous therapeutic benefits that come with tending to a garden.

Here are just ten reasons why picking up a trowel in your senior years can lead to a healthier life.

  1. Getting a full-body workout. Bending, squatting, walking and lifting are just a few key movements in the gardeners' repertoire, ones that enhance all muscle groups without the high-impact strain.
  2. Motor skills greatly improve. Gardening enhances dexterity and improves the function of motor skills through activities such as digging, planting seeds and watering.
  3. Disease prevention. Studies have shown that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a few times per week can do wonders to reduce risk of heart disease and control blood pressure. Gardening also works to prevent osteoporosis.
  4. Stress reduction. Concentration and meditation are great cures for stress. Luckily, tending to a garden inspires the same trance-like focus that helps reduce tension levels in the body.
  5. Food for the mind. Gardening often involves elements of problem solving. Activities like figuring out the best spots to plant, keeping track of growth times and mixing fertilisers keep the brain working.
  6. Building responsibility. It can sometimes be a difficult transition between living in the family home and a retirement or aged care facility. Having a garden is an opportunity to make things a little easier by renewing daily the sense of accomplishment that comes with homemaking.
  7. Improving the mood. It's no secret that exercise releases endorphins and boosts our mood. A frequent gardener is a happy one!
  8. Home-grown nutrition. Organic fruit and vegetables are always rich with essential nutrients and make a great addition to the diet. Plus, think of all that vitamin D in a healthy dose of sunshine!
  9. Creating social connections. Gardening in a shared community is one of the quickest ways to meet new friends who share common interests.
  10. It's a good time! No matter whether you're a young kid or a senior citizen, getting a little dirt under the fingernails is always a good bit of old-fashioned fun.
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Plant smartly & strategically

Posted on 23 June 2017
Plant smartly & strategically

Working in line with mother nature is always a good idea. When designing & sewing your UFG, keeping in mind the requirements of different types of fruits & vegetables will help you maximise your gardens output, & help you kick off in a positive way to keep you motivated. Here are some common plant requirements - if you get stuck you can always get in contact with us!

Citrus: need sunlight, warmth, water, and feeding to develop. Plant in a sheltered sunny position with moist, humus-rich, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. During the growing season they need plenty of water and regular small applications of fertilizer to promote growth and fruit size. They need very little in the way of pruning, but can be trimmed lightly at harvesting time, if necessary.

Brassica (cabbages, broccoli, cauli, asian greens) : These easy-togrow adaptable plants do best in well-drained, moist soil that has been enriched with well-rotted manure. They do best when planted in a sunny position. In vegetable gardens, rotate the planting site annually to avoid soil-borne diseases - use a different site each year for 3 years, returning to the original site in the fourth year. Propagate from seed throughout the year,
depending on the variety.

Allium (onion, garlic, chives): Generally Allium species thrive in a sunny well-drained position. Plant in a fairly light well-drained soil, and ensure they receive ample water whilst the foliage is developing and during flowering, after which time, the plants can be allowed to dry off. Propagate by gathering offsets and bulbils or from seed.

Source: Gardening Australia

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