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World Environment Day 3 Things You Can Do

5th June, 2017 is World Environment Day.

World Environment day is recognized as a reminder that today is the day you can make a small change, which will make a big difference!

But what exactly do we classify as the environment and what can you do to help it?

The Environment

The environment is everything in the world the surrounds us and affects life on earth. This includes water cycles, plants, animals, air, food chains and other humans. Research is continuously being conducted to see what environmental affects are due to climate change, pollution, extinction and other destroying elements. The more that is discovered, the more information we have to make change.

The good news is, you can make a difference! It’s exciting to start a change and teach this change to others. Here are 3 more eco-friendly routines you can undertake in your daily living to start making that change happen.

1. Throw Less Stuff Away

  • Use reusable coffee cups, plates, cups, utensils when you have a party or go on a picnic
  • Use reusable bags when you go shopping
  • Declare a war on waste with clothing – shop at Salvo’s, buy less, buy better quality.

2. Reduce Food & Water Waste

  • Food share
  • compost or feed it to the worms & chickens
  • recycle
  • use the leftovers
  • preserve own food and dehydrate food
  • only boil what you need
  • shower don’t bath
  • use grey water and install a water tank for watering

3. Use less Fuel & Drive Less

  • bike ride
  • walk more
  • use public transport
  • car pool
  • Eat Local/Grow your own food to see less long haul travel

These are only a few things that you can start to do, or you may already be doing many of them. What 3 NEW things will you start doing in 2017 to help the environment?

Botanical Bazaar Blooms this Spring!

Botanical Bazaar Blooms this Spring!

Back by popular demand is the Gold Coast’s biggest Gardening Expo, the Botanical Bazaar supported by Tropical Fruit World.

On the 3rd September, the Botanical Bazaar will be blooming in its new 13-hectare home at the Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. With celebrity gardens, over 70 green inspired exhibitors, interactive workshops and kids activities, the Bazaar is expected to be a drawcard for thousands of nature lovers.

Costa Georgiadis, best known as a presenter on ABC Gardening Australia TV program and Gardening Australia Magazine Chief Horticultural Editor, Phil Dudman will sow the seed about community and organic gardening. In addition, expert horticulturist and chicken whisperer, Claire Bickle will share her knowledge to help you flourish in the backyard.

The event will be complemented by award winning botanical artist, Julia-Rose parade of stunning live masterpieces, along with her hosting botanical workshops.

There will be an array of plants from orchids to native and edible, garden materials and supplies, aquaponics, hydroponics and vertical gardens, even exquisite botanical homewares for sale.

Visitors will be able to learn everything they need to know about composting, buzzing bees, growing their own food, how to attract wildlife to the backyard and even how to make their own cheese.

Kids can get crafty at the Mr Fothergill’s Kids Hub, hosted by environmental educators, Natura Education. They can interact with baby farm animals, see a cow milking demonstration, be surrounded by beautiful butterflies, learn about snake safety plus walk through the large community gardens.

A delicious variety of food offerings will be available, along with locally grown organic coffee and brewers bar for the over 18’s. All complemented by live and local tunes by Mattie Baker.

Kids Free Tickets

Early-bird tickets are now on sale to the Botanical Bazaar which include Kids tickets for FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket for only $11. This offer will be ending soon, so don’t miss out!

4 Ways To “Fake” A Great Garden

4 Ways To Fake A Great Garden

Sometimes you don’t have room for a large garden, or you just can’t afford the upkeep. Gardens can be tough to maintain, so when you find a hack that will make your gardening life a bit easier, why not consider them! Here are a few ways you can “fake” a great garden, without too much hassle or cash!

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

If your backyard is too small or it’s paved, chances are you don’t have much grass around. Grass is a lovely way to “fake” a garden. It adds the illusion of fresh and well-groomed outdoor spaces, but sometimes you just can’t make the room for it. Grass is also can be a pain to keep under management, as it grows back the second you mow it! Artificial grass is a great alternative to real grass, and with the latest technology, synthetic grass doesn’t even look fake anymore! You can set it and forget it with synthetic grass, and give off the illusion of a garden. Win!

The Only Way Is Up

If you live in an apartment and you really don’t have room for a garden, you should consider going vertical. Vertical gardens are a beautiful alternative to a regular garden, and they take half the upkeep! You can Grab an old ladder and stack small, colourful pots on each rung, filling them with flowers. You can even fill the pots with veggies and herbs and make a mini veggie patch! Vertical gardens are basically living walls, and you can make them any way you want to!

Who Knows What’s In Store….

If you’ve got a extra space but your backyard is a real mess, you should consider to get a garden shed. Not only do they store away all of your items, they also give off the illusion of a well-groomed garden. You can choose depending on the size of your garden or aesthetic. They’re a win-win essential item to have in your backyard.

Foreshortening Is In Your Future

Scattering pots of different sizes can give off the illusion that your garden is large and in charge. If you place larger pot plants behind smaller ones, it can make your guests think that the garden is bigger than it really is. Foreshortening is a hugely convincing mind trick, as it gives off the illusion of a larger space, or a 3D space. This trick is done in art, which alludes to a three dimensional space, and you can do it with your garden!

If your garden is lacking a bit of green or it’s too small for a Versailles-inspired design, you can experiment with different sized pots and and come up with something out of the box and maybe up the wall. You can easily “fake” a garden, all it takes is some illusion and clever planning.