No doubt that our global consumption of plastic products is bad for the planet but it ain't all about the waste. Plastic can be pretty bad for us too...here's some top tips to avoid single use plastics for Plastic Free July.
Yep, it's that time of year again and for all the loveliness that is Winter, the cosy jackets, warm fires, clear crisp weather that's just terrific for gardening (no sweating, no sunburn, no mozzies, no flies and no snakes hallelujah!) unfortunately it also brings those beastly bugs that cause sniffles and sneezes and snotty noses. Last year was our first with a kid at school and he managed to bring home a ridiculous number of colds... no joke, every.single.one. Now we're not generally a sickly bunch but one by one, over and over and again, we all went down. I vowed that this year would be different, this year I'm was going in armed to the teeth with some homemade echinacea tincture and Nannas Old Cold Remedy.
On a recent guest blog over at cityhippyfarmgirl, there were lots of really nice things said about the pictures of our garden (aw shucks) so I'd like to show you where we drew our inspiration from. Our garden pales in comparison to this garden. This is my happy place. This used to be my local. This is Veg Out Community Garden in St Kilda. Let me show you around...
So the sun sets on an awesome year and 2015 is brimming with possibilities. Through 2014, our E'phy followers have browsed our blogs, shared our social, mailed us fabulous snaps of their newly opened Ecolosophy goodies and so much more - you are simply beautiful human beings. Here's a snippet of our wonderful first year in business with our favourite pics, posts and tags...
'The Beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly is more feverish, but the fire of a radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an under current of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious...'Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume.
Striving to be plastic free is fine on a good day when I'm super organised, the weather's good and I've had a reasonable amount of sleep but life doesn't always work that way once small fry come on the scene. You know the day....the one where I would have whipped up some healthy homebaked snacks for our trip to town but we had to spend half an hour finding the other shoe (only to discover that the dogs found it first and so we had to pick out another pair but those shoes don't fit anymore…). Or those days when the spare hand I had to bake and pack snacks was occupied carrying the stainless steel water bottles, extra clothes, packages to post plus the newly built airplane made from cardboard scraps that absolutely has to come. It takes time and effort to be plastic free perfect.
Being botanically curious, each season we seem to wind up with a few vegetables that we've nurtured, grown and harvested and then had no idea what to do with. You know the ones... khol rabi, mizuna, gourds, new guinea beans to name a few. Some of these end up becoming staples in the patch once you get the hang of how to cook them (hello khol rabi). Others end up oddities, worthy of little more than talking points for visitors to the patch (looking at YOU new guinea beans).
We've put together a Mother Day gift guide so you can give your mum a gift just brimming with green goodness. Fair trade, handmade, organic or sustainable, these gifts are guaraunteed to bring a smile to her face
Go on... spoil her rotten, you know she deserves it!