WINTER VEGGIES PART 1: PREP YOUR PATCH

Posted on 26 May 2016
WINTER VEGGIES PART 1: PREP YOUR PATCH
We all dream of living a life of spontaneity and pina colada's but when it comes to your veggie garden- preparation is key. Follow our top 5 steps to setting up a veggie patch so flourishing that Don Burke himself will be asking what your secret is.
  1. CLEAR An artist doesn't start a masterpiece on top of an old canvas. Cleaning and clearing weeds, fallen leaves and last season's plants gives you a clean slate to get the most out of your space. But before bidding "hoo roo" to all that garden excess, reuse this living matter as compost zero waste is good waste!
  2. DIG The harsh summer sun has disappeared and left us with dry and depleted soils. To get your patch looking lush again, dig over dead crops to renew the soil, make room for your new seedlings and create a healthy base for your winter veggies to grow.
  3. SEED Let the last of your spring and summer veggies come to seed and sprinkle throughout your veggie patch. With a little TLC in the cooler months, come Spring these little babies will be sprouting rampant and can then be moved around and replanted in an orderly fashion.
  4. MULCH The winter frost can be harsh, especially on new seedlings, so add mulch to keep your veggies warm over winter- pea straw is a great organic option, and once it looks to be on its way out dig it back into the garden for added nourishment and replace.
  5. FEED Fertiliser is like a super food for your, well, food. Throughout the winter months feed your patch with a homemade organic fertiliser- you can do this by diluting a mixture of steeped manure and non-toxic weeds and applying as needed.

To find out more about owning your own Urban Food Garden, get in touch with the experts on 1300 799 568.

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Urban Food Garden Success Stories!

Posted on 14 April 2016

Urban Food Garden Success Stories!

Check out these awesome success stories from all our awesome Urban Food Garden customers!

From Karma Kids Grow

Justin and Russell from the Urban Food Garden were so helpful putting together my food pod today..they will visit your location and install the pod complete with irrigation system ,organic soil and start you off with some plants such as lettuce, kale, tomatoes in just over an hour. The food pod comes in a medium and large size.

Real Food Baby

So here's where we put the fresh produce plucked from our Urban Food Garden pod !!!

Springwood Community Centre

Who would love an edible patch?

Urban Food Garden help setup our edible garden and we love it!

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8 FUNKY GARDEN TOOLS YOU NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT

Posted on 6 April 2016

1. Muffin trays for spacing guides

MUFFIN TINS FOR GARDEN SPACING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Thrifty Mom

A muffin tray can be the perfect spacing guide for you to plant your seeds! Plus, once you're done, you can harvest your produce to put back in the muffin tray when it's time for baking those gluten free blueberry muffins!

2. Old glass bottles for aesthetic design

Flea Market Gardening

These old glass bottles make for a wondrous, colourful addition to any garden's design. As a path illuminator, they look particularly cool!

3. Label your produce with old spoons

Turning the Clock Back

Turning the Clock Back

Now these DIY garden markers are awesome! They look super cool & are a perfect way to sturdily label all your produce! The kids will love painting these!

4. Slow drip system with an old bottle.

The Garden Glove

We've all had the odd empty wine bottle lying around well, you could turn that bottle into a slow drip feed for your plants! By plugging in the bottle into the soil, the water will slowly release over the course of an hour or so.

5. Create a defence system from forks!

Your House and Garden

Perfect for keeping out pesky invaders such as birds these plastic forks create a light, non-invasive defence system for your garden!

6. Decorate with old utensils.

Thrifty Rebel Vintage

This stunning re-creation speaks for itself!

Thrifty Rebel Vintage

7. Glass bottles as extra garden space

11 Eureka

Safely cut an opening in an old glass bottle, then add soil & a small seedling or cut-off for a super creative and aesthetic plant space!

8. Recycle cans as pots!

 

What's Up Moms

We know you don't consume much soft drink, but you probably have the odd sparkling here & there! Save your old cans, remove the tops with a can opener, paint them with the kids, & use them as pots! We recommend plugging a hole in the bottom to allow for drainage :)

What's Up Moms

A perfect herb garden in the smallest of spaces!

We LOVE tips like this because it brings together the modern day person with the tradition of gardening. Plus, a garden with aesthetic appeal is a garden to be enjoyed :)

Need more ideas like this? Give us a call today 1300 799 568

Thanks David Wolfe for the original inspiration for this article.

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Why Garden?

Posted on 23 March 2016
Why Garden?

How important is gardening?

To the lay person, gardening might be just a simple hobby one takes up upon retirement, a way to stay mentally & physically active & to maintain contact with the outdoors. To us, gardening, growing your own food, & encouraging nature to flourish in your environment goes way deeper than merely a hobby.

You see human beings have their very history rooted in nature & we have coevolved with it to be in nature is in our very DNA which means in today's day & age we are going against our genetics! When it comes to food, this is especially so, with rates of processed food consumption & subsequent disease at unprecedented amounts.

At some point throughout history, we let governing bodies control our food supply, which meant they had 'the power' governing control. Without food, we can not survive. You see we're quite used to this now; many kids these days think food grows on the supermarket shelves & have extremely limited knowledge of even basic food skills. When we gave up control of the food supply, it was the birth of economics. Managing resources in a supply & demand scenario, it was also the beginning of our decline in health.

Hunter gatherer tribes still alive today experience robust health & show key indicators of health, such as microbial diversity, way advanced to anything from us in the west. Their diets consist of wild foods, organically grown in naturally rich soils, devoid of any pharmaceutical chemicals & preserving agents. They eat as nature intended, or as we evolved to require.

You see that's what we're passionate about at Urban Food Garden, about bringing nature to your garden. Yes, its about growing food & saving you money but it's more than that; it's saying yes to thousands of years of human evolution & it's saying no to the notion that what we eat should be provided by someone else. We're interested in helping you become the best you can be; the healthiest you can be. We're interested in you becoming secure in the knowledge that you are in control of your food supply. We believe children should play outdoors more, should enjoy the benefits of nature in their own backyard & that's why we're here.

You see, the average person might see a lettuce seed, or a bag of soil, or an empty plot, but we see potential. We see the potential to take back control of your life by taking back control of one of the most fundamental human needs; our food. We also see the potential for you to reawaken your genetics, to assist in the re-greenification of the world by encouraging ecological systems within your own home.

If this speaks to you then get in touch, we'd love to work with you

Regards,

The UFG Team.

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5 Steps To Organic

Posted on 14 March 2016
5 Steps To Organic
Organic agriculture has unfortunately fallen into a position of being the exception rather than the norm. According to the British Soil Biodiversity association, organic agriculture fosters healthier soil, animals & local ecologies.

The big argument from the agricultural companies & governments has been that of scale. Can organic farming supply the nation with enough food? It's a big question, but it's one that's been answered numerous times by experts such as Joel Salatin and the answer is that yes, if we work within nature's laws to produce food organically, & we encourage families to grow at least a portion of their food supply, we can become sustainably organic.

Our passion at Urban Food Garden is to help families achieve self-reliance with food, or at least a significant portion of it. With even a relatively small space, you can grow a significant amount of produce to save dollars, time & health!

In today's story we're giving you 5 steps to establishing your Urban Food Garden.

1: Pick a space

Select your future garden's space carefully. Think about how much room you'll need, & think about aspects such as light, water drainage & pest control. To ensure you can grow organically, it would make sense to be able to control that environment, so planting in your front yard right next to the driveway or council area might result in your crop being covered with pest sprays or petrol fumes! Think about which other plants you already have that might be naturally pest resistant (hey, have a look at this article for natural pest control).

2: Prepare the soil with love

Soil is everything. Biodynamic principles have taught us this over a long time without good soil it is impossible to have strong, healthy plants. It's very similar to the human relationship with the microbes in our guts they provide 80-90% of our immune system if you want your plants to have string immune systems & good nutrition, you'll need to ensure their microbes are healthy, too. Start preparing your soil with a composting system (check out this article) which will naturally foster the growth of soil microbes. You may choose to purchase soil or purchase a pot, for that we recommend our Urban Food Garden pod, as these contain powerful soil varieties & non-leeching materials for the container.

3: Purchase organic & heirloom seed varieties

Planting an organic garden does involve sticking to non-hybridised, non-gmo, healthy seedlings. If you can find heirloom varieties, which have been carefully protected over time & usually contain superior nutrition to other varieties, then that's fantastic! These plants will normally respond better to your healthy, organic soil, too. Be smart about how you sew the seeds creating early successes will keep you motivated to continue your urban food garden project.

4: Think about your water source

Where will you get your water from to nourish your plants? Will it be from the tap? If so, know that there are strong chemicals in your tap water (required for ensuring its cleanliness) which will have a negative impact on your soil microbes, subsequently impacting your plant health. Have a think about installing a rainwater tank so that you can reap the benefits of energising rainwater. Every gardener knows that no water waters like rainwater. Plus, if you have a gutter system with decomposing leaves, bird poop & the likes (very common) then you'll naturally have al sorts of microbes thriving in your tank, which is great for your soil! Importantly, these sometimes pathogenic (harmful) microbes are easily killed by the strong sunlight your garden received over time, so your plants won't be contaminated by the time you harvest.

5: Control pests organically

This is an obvious one for all gardeners. The strategies you choose to apply when it comes to pest control have a large influence on your garden's status. Unfortunately, the organic industry these days does allow certain chemicals to be sprayed onto large scale farms, so we encourage you to stick to natural methods like those we outline in this blog here.

Organic agriculture is the way of the future because without it, we're heading for some serious environmental & social challenges. As always, rather than wait for change to come from the top down, as concerned citizens we need to take control of our future & start living an organic lifestyle now! The first step? Starts with your garden.

If you need help establishing an Urban Food Garden, give us a call!

The UFG Team.
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Urban Food Garden, Your Way To A Healthy Future

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