Want to eat organic but don’t have a greenthumb?

Want to eat organic but don’t have a greenthumb?

There is no room to grown anything in my apartment! How can I have fresh herbs and veggies when I have no backyard? I can’t plant outside because I live in a rental! What if I just don’t have a greenthumb? I don’t know how grow a veggie garden?

Are any of these problems yours?

Container gardens to the rescue!
Super easy to look after and with heaps of growing potential, container gardens can work anywhere for anyone! Even if you don’t have a good track record with plants – with these tips  you will be rocking your containers and eating home grown organic in no time!

Here are some ways you can incorporate a container garden into your home and lifestyle!

on your window sill: grow some herbs ready for cooking

under a skylight: get some green into your environment
on a verandah or balcony:start some veggies growing up up up
as a table decoration: bring the outside insideHere are my top tips for container gardens
to eat organic you have to grow organic.
choose a pot that will accomodate the plant as it grows to full size. If you have more room on your balcony, choose bigger pots so that the plants have more space to grow.
use a trellis and grow climbers up the trellis and onto a railing
in bigger pots grow a couple of different plants that are happy growing together – grow a salad or smoothie garden. Don’t overcrowd though, leave room for them all to get big!
fall in love with watering. It can be a lovely meditation to water your plants when you get home from a busy day or before  you head out of a morning.
share the care with others who live with you. Gardening is so fun as a project together

to eat organic you have to grow organic.
And most importantlyDon’t forget to compost your plants! Herbs, veggies and houseplants need to be fed with good quality compost. Make your own compost or grab an Australian Certified compost. You can also purchase Organic certified compost. If your plants have been in their pots for a while, why not have a have a container garden spa day. Do this when your plants are at their quietest. When they are not flowering or fruiting or pushing out lots of new growth. Most plants take a rest from growing. Keep an eye out for when that’s happening and book your garden spa day.
First give your plant a big drink. You might like to soak your pot in a bucket of water overnight. Then it’s time to feed your plants by top dressing your pots with some awesome compost. If things are getting a bit tight in the pot, you may decide to upgrade to a bigger container. Take this chance rejuvenate your soil. Add new potting mix that has been made with 50% of yummy compost. Gently un-pot your plant and re-house in a bigger container. Handle the plant carefully. Have everything ready to go before you move the plant, so the plant is not out of soil for very long. And finish off with a little seaweed or worm weed tea. That’s for the plant..not you! 🙂
Your container garden will love you for it and you will get healthy happy plants that produce veggies bursting with nutrients that are good for your family’s health!

To learn more about how amazing compost is, how to make it and how to use it… click here http://compostrocks.com.au/bintensive/ and join Costa’s BINtensive course – it’s free! In no time at all, you will be rocking your container gardens and compost like a true greenthumb!

Do you hate compost?

Do you hate compost?

Do you hate having to deal with a whole heap of food scraps that you have to put somewhere? Then wait till it rots, then dig it into a garden? Is that too annoying for you? Well I have a solution for you! A worm hotel! Have you seen them around yet? They are the latest in easy home composting. They are the easiest in all the methods of putting your food nutrients straight back into the soil. All you need to do is get a piece of plumbing or other pipe with a diameter of about 20 cm and a length of about a metre. Drill large holes in the bottom half of the pipe and burry end that straight into your flower garden, veggie patch, large planter, beside a tree or in your verge garden. Find an old saucer, or anything that will cover the top and be heavy enough to stay on by itself. Now you are ready to compost! Just start feeding your kitchen scraps in the pipe. If you cut scraps up small they will break down really quickly as the worms come up through the soil to feed, aerating the soil and providing worm castings to the area. Any plants in the vicinity will love this special worm treatment and will thrive and grow. That worm hotel filling up too quickly? Pop another in somewhere else you would like healthy plants and start feeding those worms! A win for you, a win for worms and a win for the soil and our planet.Keeping food scraps, and their nutrients out of Landfill. is super important.  In landfill, food scraps create methane and leachate – which is a real problem for our planet. Kept in the food cycle, your food scraps and their nutrients will rock the next generation of plants, trees and veggies. Want to learn more about worm hotels- and see them in action? Head to www.compostrocks.com/bintensive and sign up to Costa’s free e-course where you can watch the webisodes with your family and become a soil and compost expert! We’d love to find out how your compost is rocking at your place! Take a pic or share a vid and tell us how you are rocking compost with #mycompostrocks and win a visit from the stars of Compost Rocks when you win the Compost Academy Awards! Click the link to find out more about the categories and prizes!  http://compostrocks.com.au/mycompostrocks/

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