• I have been exploring information about food additives and chemicals in Australia.

    There are four main chemicals added to Australian food products:
    1. Herbicides – to prevent weed growths.
    2. Pesticides – to […]

  • I have been exploring information about food additives and chemicals in Australia.

    There are four main chemicals added to Australian food products:
    1. Herbicides – to prevent weed growths.
    2. Pesticides – to […]

  • I have been exploring information about food additives and chemicals in Australia.

    There are four main chemicals added to Australian food products:
    1. Herbicides – to prevent weed growths.
    2. Pesticides – to […]

  • This blog is an addition to the previous one about where to find organic foods in Canberra.
    There are so many motivations why one should eat organic foods. I have assembled quite e number here – some personal, […]

  • For the last 3 years or so I have had a growing interest in organic food.
    The local grocery store is stocking organic fruits and vegetables more regularly – you may have noticed this in Woolworths and […]

  • I made a compost bin today as part of my challenge to reduce my food waste.
    The hardest part was deciding if I should have an open compost pile or an actual bin. In the end I chose a bin because I wasn’t sure of […]

  • One of the challenges I have chosen is to reduce my food waste. I have always been quite good about this anyway, but there is room for improvement.
    One benefit of this challenge I have seen already is that my […]

  • Larissa posted an update 5 years, 6 months ago

    Ever wondered if there is an alternative to the plastic bags provided for your fruit and vegies at the store. There is!
    Its Get Real Bags. I have been using these drawstring bags for six months or so and they are fantastic. I have never had any trouble at the shops – only compliments. See the link I have added if you are interested.

    • Those bags are great! Its good to see shops making you pay for plastic. Cafes should do the same thing and offer discounts for those who bring in their own mugs of Keep Cups.

    • I have a couple of similar bags, however to make things even simpler I tend to just put my fruit and veg straight into my shopping basket or trolley, unless it’s something loose like mushrooms or grapes… then i’ll use the mesh bags. I started doing this a few years back when a friend mentioned to me that using plastic bags for most fruit and…[Read more]

  • Larissa posted an update 5 years, 6 months ago

    Does anyone have advice on composting during a Canberra winter. I have heard I need to keep it quite warm for the break down to start.

    • Hi Larissa.
      I don’t do anything different to mine & it lasts fine. Ours is in a sunny spot though, if you’ve got it in a very cold/shady spot it most likely won’t work so well. Ours is in our garden and does really well all year.

    • Hi @Larissa,
      I moved here from Sydney last year and have not made any adjustments really to my composting habits! As Genevieve mentioned, it might be better to locate your compost bin in a sunny spot to keep it warmer during winter. In summer if it gets too dry, you’ll just need to add water to keep it moist. :)
      Sarah

      • You could add some composting worms to give it a kick start. You can buy them in buckets from Bunnings. I do my composting underground in worm towers, the worms do the trick.

  • Larissa posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: Larissa posted an update Will be attending Seed Sowing and Maintenance on Saturday. Looking forward to it! View

    That’s okay – will plant them this weekend anyway!

  • Larissa posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: Billy posted an update So I’m failing my transport challenge so far. It’s just too difficult to get the bus. Takes hours and if I have to work late/want to go out to dinner there’s pretty much nothing. Just saw […] View

    That’s terrible. I used to live in Belconnen centre and was able to catch a bus within 5 to ten minutes of arriving at the bus stop.

  • Larissa posted an update 5 years, 6 months ago

    Will be attending Seed Sowing and Maintenance on Saturday. Looking forward to it!

    • Hi @Larissa, bad news – unfortunately we haven’t met our minimun number of attendees for this workshop and so it will have to be postponed for now for a future date. We’ll be sure to keep you posted. Hopefully we’ll see you at another workshop beforehand though! :)

  • Larissa posted an update 5 years, 6 months ago

    Planted broad beans and peas this weekend. Also planted a flowering eucalypt and a Native Australian climbing plant.

  • Larissa posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: Naomi posted an update Highly recommend growing beans…you don’t need much room, they are a great example of verticle gardening. I only planted mine a little over a month ago and they grow so fast! I have mine […] View

    Beans are in! Can’t wait until I can harvest them.

  • Larissa posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    In reply to: Naomi posted an update Apparently freezing herbs is also effective in maintaining flavour for winter cooking. Haven’t had much success in maintaining flavour when drying herbs in the oven, so instead I harvested […] View

    How does freezing the tomatoes work for you? I had an abundance this year – some went to waste. Do you do anything special to them?
    I like your idea about freezing the basil. I think I might just do that with my liquorice basil.

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