Sustainable Fertilising

I’m loving this Winter at the moment. Crisp, fresh morning dog walks, with crimson and gold falling leaves. I can smell the mushrooms growing in the softened earth. Early rays of light tip the forested ridge lines.

These are the signs that it is time to replenish the veggie garden with some home made TLC.

Gardens are still looking plump and lush in some areas – very tempting to over harvest. Take what you need for now and allow the gentler weather to prolong your harvest.


The Ugly Truth

If you have had the experience of keeping chickens in your backyard, you will know how delightful these animals can be. They have their own personalities and character traits, but more importantly they are extremely beneficial in contributing to your gardens ecosystem, by providing manure, turning over the soil and keeping pests and weeds under control.


Marvellous Mulch


Today I thought I would talk about marvellous mulch and why it is so good for your garden.

Mulch is so beneficial for your garden, and there are an abundance of reasons why, here are just a few;

  • it helps keep weeds down
  • it reduces oil erosion and soil compacting
  • keeps root systems cool in summer and warm in winter
  • helps maintain moisture
  • reduces the need for sprays and fertilisers
  • saves on water usage
  • provides nutrients


Principles of Pantry

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Food preservation came about as a matter of necessity, when winter brought snow or chill, and the fresh, abundant food of summer became scarce.

Necessity, being the mother of invention, caused early human beings to discover ways in which to preserve their own lives and those of their families, by creating a store of food for non-season, or nomadic times.

Food preservation covers all practices where foods are manipulated to be stored or kept in an “altered state” if you like, to lengthen it’s usable or shelf life. (more…)

A water wise solution to living sustainably!


For many reasons wicking beds are cool, they are essentially one very big self-watering pot disguised as a garden bed. The idea of a wicking bed is to draw water up from a reservoir below, hence the word “wicking” it moves through the soil and feeds the roots directly. The wicking bed was a system devised by Australian engineer Colin Austin, wicking garden beds and wicking worm beds and they have gained popularity as an awesome water wise garden alternative. (more…)

Boredom Busters For Your Chickens


If you have met me, or been to one of our workshops on Keeping Backyard Chickens, you will know that I am passionate about all things chook-wise, and one of the things I am most passionate about is how intelligent your girls are.

In-fact chickens are as clever as human toddlers, they are capable of understanding basic concepts, reasoning and physics and at times much smarter than most. They even have the capacity to memorise shapes, patterns and though it isn’t determined that they see colour, I certainly think they can. (more…)

Recycled Pallet Gardens

When creating a recycled pallet garden, the first thing and most obvious is you will need a pallet. I prefer to use untreated pallets, simply because I am not big on anything that is treated with pesticides, as I do not want the risk of those chemicals seeping into my soil. So wherever possible heat treated pallets are the best. Now I know that will raise a few eyebrows and probably create a mixture of opinions, but that is okay, because we are all allowed our own thoughts on the subject and creating garden should be a personal experience. (more…)

Watering for Summer


Temperatures are now hitting the 30’s and if you haven’t drought proofed your garden it’s not too late to start.

My garden was well mulched in autumn, with pea straw and sugarcane mulch, providing a deep layer of protection over the soil for winter.

Now it is time to check how far this layer has broken down. If the layer is too thin it will not provide any resilience against the heat of summer. Soil will start drying out too quickly and the garden will suffer if I don’t use plenty of water. (more…)

How Much Light and Sun Does a Plant Need?


Plants use the sun’s rays to make food through the process of photosynthesis to keep them growing.

Plants that thrive in a high amount of light have adaptations that allow for them to survive. This means 6 – 8 hours of sunlight per day.

They have tough leaves so less water is lost, leaves that are grey coloured will reflect the heat and light, leaves that are smaller and hang straight down will lose less moisture, hairy leaves trap moist air around their leaves. (more…)

Who is Sustainable Education?


Our mission here at Sustainable Education is to educate and inform you about all things to do with living sustainably and living consciously through workshops run locally in your community.

From keeping backyard chickens, composting, worm farming, no dig yards, permaculture, organic gardening, sustainable eating, the recycled kitchen, bee keeping, preserving food and natural fertilizers and pest control – we cover it all! (more…)