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Veggie Pod – 3 weeks later…

There is no excuse for not using every available space in your yard, balcony, terrace or patio.  The Veggie Pod is exploding with growth, only three weeks down the track, so much so that I have had to prop open the cover so the massive tomato plant can spread it’s wings, I’ve harvested four lettuces and am closely monitoring the capsicum flowers and beetroot plants to see when they will produce fruit.  to to mention the herbs… All of this in a one metre square Urban Garden!

I made this short video to show you the progress.

So if you are interested in the people at Urban Food Garden designing a veggie patch specifically tailored to your requirements, please check out their link (and mention my name for extra special treatment) www.urbanfoodgarden.com.au.

Subscribe to my My Youtube Chanel for updates and more urban gardening tips.

 

Christmas Wishes

The countdown to Christmas has begun and like most working Mums with a Web TV show I have decided to take a couple of weeks off from filming to soak up the joy of the season and help myself to de-stress a little.

But far be it from me to allow you to go without your weekly dose of FMM TV so in the tradition of all good TV shows over the holiday season we are going to run the reruns!

Starting with Episode One which received the most views on Youtube.

Following my Christmas Wishes video, just click the link to view Episode One (all 11 minutes of it), and enjoy the show.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for watching, liking, commenting and sharing my videos and blog posts throughout this year.  I look forward to journeying with you in 2016 and wish you all the Very Merriest of Christmases!

Take care over the silly season and thank you for walking a little lighter on the planet.

Love

Julia

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How to make a foot stool, recycling paper and growing Oregano.

Mamma Mia, can’t have a pizza or pasta without this delicious little herb, oregano.  But are you aware that it also controls weeds and the pests that would attack your beans and broccoli and has some amazing health benefits as well.  It’s drought tolerant and a real all rounder so you really should consider growing oregano in your herb garden.

Have you been told to put your feet up recently?  Well, what better place to do that than on a foot stool you made yourself!  I show you how to make a snazzy footstool with left over timber and some offcuts of foam and fabric that will take pride of place in front of your thinking chair.

With Christmas time comes wrapping paper and cards so we look at why we should send all of it to the recycling bin, once the celebration is over.  Did you know in Australia we send 1.9 million tonnes of paper to landfill and only half of our paper used is recycled.  y recycling 1 kg of paper and card we can reduce our green house gas emissions by the equivalent amount!  Reduce, reuse and recycle your paper and cards this Christmas (and every day ending in a Y).

Welcome to Farewell My Manicure TV.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Julia

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Plastic waste, Picture frames and Pineapples

Welcome to Episode Nine of FMM TV!

What do the following things have in common?

127 bus loads of straws

one metre high pineapple plants and

mini clothes pegs????

They all feature on tonights program.

Seriously though, on tonights episode I take a trip to the shed to whip up this cute picture frame, complete with a mini clothes line to hang your pictures from, as a Christmas present for a special friend.

I take you into my garden to see the lovely pineapple that I am growing that cost me nothing but a bit of love and attention, oh and two years of my time waiting for it to appear.  It is an extraordinarily long time to wait for a piece of fruit!

Considering that it is the party season I encourage you to think about the waste that is generated by plastic disposable straws!  The statistics are quite dramatic.

Please enjoy tonights program and if it floats your boat please LIKE, COMMENT and most of all SHARE with the ones you care about.

Until next week,

 

Julia

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EPISODE NINE PIC

Pythons, clucky chooks and beetroot.

I’m affectionately known as the Chook Whisperer in our house.  When I call out the buck, buck, buck, the little girls come running from all parts of the acreage.  So when one doesn’t show up, I tend to worry that she isn’t coming home.  But thankfully in this case she was only dutifully minding her eggs, hoping they would hatch and she would become a mum.  With no rooster in sight at our place, this is a futile pastime for our chickens but no amount of whispering to her will dissuade her from her task.  So what do you do if you have a clucky chicken? Check out this week’s episode of Farewell My Manicure TV.

For many years I thought that beetroot was only found swimming in vinegar in a can!  Now that I grow my own I am astounded by the uses for this beautiful root vegetable.  A favourite in our house is the beetroot and chocolate cake, so when I plant the seeds of beetroot I make sure there are going to be plenty for salads, roasting and for making deserts.

The compost heap is home this week to our new pet python.  Each day he can be seen sunning himself as he gradually digests his feed of rodents.  I make sure I go and have a chat with him each day so that he is aware of me being around and I am very thankful that he is here to keep our rodent population under control.

How many litres of water are lost each and every time you brush your teeth and leave the tap running?  Would you believe it is ten litres, which is as much water as some people in third world countries have to use in a month.  That’s even more reason to turn off the tap each and every time.

Thank you for joining us again this week.  I hope you enjoy Episode Eight of Farewell My Manicure TV.

 

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It’s Beginning to Look a bit Like Christmas…

With the heat soaring to high 30’s this week, the frangipanis blooming and the little baby mangos starting to appear on the Mango tree, it is clearly looking at bit like Christmas here in South East Queensland.  So with the impending first of December just around the corner (the day we put up our Christmas Tree), I thought I should get started on making some “green” Christmas decorations in the shed.

We all know that the planet is suffering from a plastic environmental disaster, but did you consider that the microscopic pieces of plastic that you use in cleaning products and facial scrubs are contributing to this in an unprecedented way?  Let’s find out why there is a movement in many countries to Ban the Bead (micro-beads that is).

Christmas time is not always a happy time for everyone.  If you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed by the whole occasion find out why getting down and dirty in your garden could be just the tonic for your Summertime blues.

Welcome to Episode Seven of Farewell My Manicure TV.  Don’t forget to LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE if you enjoy the program.

Until next week

Julia

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Nasturtiums, Natural Cleaning, Muffin Wraps and Lemongrass. Episode Six.

EPISODE SIX
WATCH THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF FAREWELL MY MANICURE TV

In this weeks episode of Farewell My Manicure TV, I point out you the benefits of growing and eating nasturtiums, give lemongrass a speedy haircut, we make some cafe style muffin wraps in the kitchen and clean up with toxin free cleaning products.

Did you know…

  • that just four simple everyday ingredients can clean pretty much everything in your home?
  • there is enough Vitamin C in Nasturtiums to prevent scurvy?
  • with a little ingenuity you can prevent having to wash your muffin tins?
  • lemongrass needs to be pruned back and divided regularly?

Watch this week’s episode of Farewell My Manicure TV and you may learn a thing or two that you didn’t know before.

Enjoy!

Julia

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We Are Moving!

The silly season is upon us and so Saturday nights are taken up with parties and celebrations, so who has time to sit back and watch our little Web TV Show?  This is why we have decided to move to Sunday nights at 6pm (Australian EST), so that you have an opportunity to pour yourself a beverage of your choice and watch our 15 minute lifestyle show.

Hope you will join us this weekend as we make another Christmas Gift in the shed using the drill press, look at our most precious resource and I’ll give you some interesting facts about Rosemary when we get Down and Dirty in the Garden.

Don’t forget you can sign up for our weekly TV Guide to keep you up to date with whats going on, prizes and give aways, by just hitting the BIG GREEN BUTTON on this site.

See you Sunday!

Julia

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Episode Four – Our Halloween Special!

On this week’s episode of FMMTV we look at creepy crawly things in your garden, worm farming to recycle vegetable waste, make a house for solitary bees to live in using recycled materials, the circular saw and cordless drill and when we get down and dirty in the garden we have a look at growing Pumpkins!  What else!

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Sit back relax and enjoy our Halloween Special.

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