With almost 67 per cent of Australians living in our capital cities, we're one of the most highly urbanised countries in the world. Considering the day-to-day stresses or urban living, traffic, overcrowding and simply not enough time - this means up to 16 million of us could benefit from the physical and mental advantages provided by gardening.
Whether it's a sprawling veggie patch in the backyard, a flowerbed in a small courtyard, a window box or even a community garden space, almost anyone can achieve a gardening glow.
Gardening is a great workout, It not only works all those major muscle groups, it burns calories as well. Also, gardening improves the mood almost instantly, so it's fantastic for the soul.
Spring is almost here and with it comes gardening and seeing new foliage grow and flourish, it’s the season for rejuvenation.
But did you know that while you’re getting your garden ready for the sunny season your also working up a sweat! Wow. Maybe we can have our cake and eat it too.
As a gardening enthusiast, you've probably spent hours reading and exploring how to produce a healthier, more beautiful garden or simply how to keep your plants alive and thriving. But have you ever considered how gardening can produce a healthier you without ever having to consume a single home grown meal.
With the promise of summer just around the corner, all we’re craving is lighter meals packed with spring’s greens. Salads, fresh pasta sauces and dishes loaded with vegetables are the best way to banish memories of winter and it's heavy food. But, as we all know, our own taste buds and those of our kids are rarely aligned.
Before I started growing our home grown food, I spent a fortune on organically grown salad ingredients. It wasn't just the lettuce that cost so much. There were the tomatoes, herbs, specialty greens, radish, cucumbers, and more that went into making my lush salads healthy, beautiful, and satisfying.
When I finally did start growing, at first, it was hard to produce all the ingredients required for a salad at the same time. My radishes and lettuce heads would be ready before everything else. Then they'd bolt before I had a tomato ready to even pick.
he move to city-living has given us great benefits, but at some costs to our health and wellbeing. Urban air pollution is a growing health concern, as is indoor air quality. Since we are indoors 90% of the time, we are constantly breathing contaminated air, which is generally more polluted inside than outdoors. The journey for good health has thus, unavoidably added the pursuit for a healthy built environment, and especially a healthy ‘indoor living environment’. However, relatively few know of the role Plants can play inimprovements to people’s lives both outside and inside the home.
Our patios, decks, porches and yards offer the rare opportunity to extend our living space, and to be truly at home in the outdoors. From Landscaped grounds to the tiniest urban balcony, nearly any exterior area can be the setting for a comfortable outdoor room, but pesky bugs are quick to drive a party indoors. Many slather themselves in a synthetic chemical cocktail in efforts to keep biting, stinging nasties at bay. But there are plenty of reasons to stay away from traditional insect repellents and use more natural deterrents such as plants. For a chemical-free way to keep insects at bay in the warmer spring/summer season here are some easy-to-grow plants that can help deter bugs and insects. Planted near the doorway, these 7 natural plant options deter mosquitoes, flies, and uninvited guests in the garden and home without harming people, pet’s or the environment.
There is something beautiful about tea, the scent, the dried herbs and flowers, and of course the taste. But have you ever attempted to make your own blend
For city-dwellers who spend most of their day's indoors we are faced with constantly having to deal with toxins and we are not immune to the effects. Toxic compounds found in furnishings, upholstery, building materials and cleaning products contribute to making our air quality less then pleasant, and yes, we and our families are breathing these all in. But don’t panic as our green friend’s "plants" are perfect for helping us with this problem.