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Book review: Growing Vegetables

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Fellow gardening enthusiast Sarah O’Neil, aka Sarah the Gardener, has written a fabulous new book, Growing Vegetables: An easy guide for all seasons. Sarah grows pretty much all her family’s vegetables on her lifestyle block just south of Auckland, and she’s on a mission to encourage others to grow their own food too. Hence, she’s written this excellent beginner’s (and not-quite-beginner’s) guide to vegetable gardening, with weekly advice, tips, and techniques to employ throughout the season. This really is a great book, with superb tips for both beginners and more experienced gardeners. Close your eyes, family members – everyone’s getting one of these for Christmas.

Published by New Holland, RRP $35.00.

Visit Sarah’s blog: gardeningkiwi.wordpress.com

Vertical gardening


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How cool are these vertical gardens? I’ve recently set up my own vertical garden using these felt-like pocket gardens. You can plant anything you like in them – herbs, strawberries, flowering annuals or leafy plants. I love them so much, I’m now selling them in my online shop (click through here). It’s a fantastic way to brighten up a dull wall, and the fabric is durable, corrosion resistant, breathable, and allows water to be absorbed. Find out more here.

Online Herbal Workshop


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Want to learn about herbs? Don’t know where to start? Take an online class.

Online Herbal Workshop – Do it in your own time.

Learn about herbs for STRESS and SLEEP; herbs for BEAUTY (how to make lip balms, creams, lotions); herbs for COMMON AILMENTS (make your own salves, tinctures, etc); and herbs for GREEN CLEANING. Learn more over on my sister website, Sweet Living HERE.

 

You’ll learn about:

  • Herbs for stress and sleep (which herbs work and which don’t)
  • Herbs for beauty (make your own face and body creams, oils, perfumes, etc)
  • Herbs for common ailments (make salves, tinctures, etc)
  • Herbs for cleaning (make your own natural cleaners)
  • Cooking with herbs (plus make herb mixes, and preserve your herbs)
  • How to grow and propagate your own herbs

Includes information on stevia (the ‘sugar herb’ to use in place of sugar) plus recipes using stevia.

You can learn more about my online herb course here

Learn all you need to know about herbs

 

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I’m offering my ONLINE HERB WORKSHOP again. And the good thing is, you can do it in your own time. There are no time pressures. No restraints. And you have total access to me throughout the course. You’ll learn:

  • Which herbs are best for stress, anxiety and sleep problems (and which don’t work at all)
  • How to make your own natural herbal beauty products, cleaning products and perfumes.
  • The effect of cooking with herbs – and what vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are lost during cooking.
  • How to grow, propagate, harvest and preserve your own herbs.
  • How to grow herbs for flowers

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COURSE HERE

What people have said about the course:

Hi Jane!

I had to drop a line and tell you how much I love this magazine!  It’s the most beautiful and inspiring read I’ve had for a while! The content is very high standard and the recipes!…can’t wait to try those magnificent cakes! Thanks as well for the first module of the Herb Course – I’m just going through it again and revising now – so well written and referenced – what a great way to start learning – fabulous value!
– Poppy

I thoroughly enjoyed Module 4 and can see I will this one too. Thank you so much for making these available online.
– Bev

Module 6 is brilliant! Very informative and helpful – and the table of 25 Herbs to Propagate is just what I’ve been looking for. I’ve started planning a herb collection so this is so useful in terms of choosing what I’ll be planting. I also never thought of planting cumin or cardamom, but I will now, as I use those spices all the time! Keep up the great work, Jane – and thanks again!
– P

I’m really enjoying the modules. They’re really interesting and easy to read.
– Stef

There are six modules to this course, and one module is sent once a week. But you do not have to complete the module in a week. You can read it any time you like. If you don’t want to read it until next year, that’s fine!

Curious?

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COURSE HERE

Online herb workshop


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Love herbs? Expand your herbal knowledge. Learn about herbs for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic purposes. 

After I launched my herb lecture series earlier this year, I’ve had numerous folk from around the country and overseas asking for an online herbal workshop.

So… here it is!

Online herb workshop

You’ll learn about:

  • Herbs for stress and sleep (which herbs work and which don’t – read about herbs and sleep here)
  • Herbs for beauty (make your own face and body creams, oils, perfumes, etc)
  • Herbs for common ailments (make salves, tinctures, etc)
  • Herbs for cleaning (make your own natural cleaners)
  • Cooking with herbs (plus make herb mixes, and preserve your herbs)
  • How to grow and propagate your own herbs

Includes information on stevia (the ‘sugar herb’ to use in place of sugar) plus recipes using stevia.

The details

This is a 6-week online herb workshop. But here’s the thing. You can do it at your own pace at any time – you don’t have to complete it within the 6 weeks. And don’t worry. There’s no exam. It’s just a whole lot of darn fine information on everything herbal.

Who am I?

I am Editor of Sweet Living magazine; Editor of HerbNews (the quarterly magazine for the NZ Herb Federation); Herb columnist for NZ Gardener magazine; and Weekly gardening columnist for Waikato Times, Southland Times, Manawatu Standard, Taranaki Daily News, Nelson Mail, Marlborough Express and Timaru Herald. And I frequently give talks and run workshops across the country.

Do you want in?

 

Read more here 

 

Sweet Living Weddings


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Yippee! I’ve finally finished my online weddings magazine, Sweet Living Weddings. It’s massive  – 180 pages worth of crafts, DIYs and tutorials for a glamorous handmade wedding. It features lots of beautiful flowers, with instructions on how to make your own floral head wreath, boutonnieres and bouquets. Plus there are cake decorating tutorials, reception styling tips, jewellery and accessory DIY projects, hair and beauty tips, and lots of real weddings inspiration.  Take a sneak peak of the magazine here.

The very merry gift guide


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Need last minute Christmas gift ideas? Check out these gorgeous goodies.

1. Gardenia table lamp from Allium.

2. Floral shorts from Nadinoo.

3. Robyn Robin rimu pendant by SuperVery via Toggle.

4. Rustic metal garden stake from Flaming Petal.

5. Assorted gerberas, in all colours, from your local garden centre.

6. Spring Tree rimu pendant by SuperVery via Toggle.

7. Jewellery tree by Newbies.

8. Fleur de lys doorstop from Garden Room Gifts.

9. Melamine kitchenware from Allium.

Advent pixies

Advent pixiesSay hello to the cutest little pixie folk around. Actually, they’re not that little. They’re 145cm tall, just a human-sized head shorter than me. Each pixie has 24 pockets for little treats and they come in boy pixie (with suitable overalls) and girl pixie (with pretty dress). These are Danish designs, but lucky for us the wonderful retail shop Small Acorns in Wellington has them in stock (you can also order online). Click here to order your cute-as-pie pixie.