Our #GrowSustainableFood Series is designed to help you do just that – grow sustainable food at home. No matter where you live or what your space, we want to empower you to get growing, to nurture and to enjoy. Here we give you the tools you need to commence. All you need is a big fat ‘yes I can’ attitude!

No matter where you live or what your space, we want to empower you to get growing, to nurture and to enjoy.

Contents (click to be directed to the Part that interests you most, or simply scroll to digest it all!):
Part 1: The economics of saving: we can’t get everything we want right now
Part 2: How to set-up a vegetable garden…fast
Part 3: A super easy green – Tokyo Bekana
Part 4: Germinating seeds
Part 5: Planting with seeds
Part 6: What on earth to plant
Part 7: Planting with seedlings
Part 8: Growing in small spaces
Part 9: Composting
Part 10: Growing in pots and containers
Part 11: No garden? No outdoor space? No worries
Part 12: What are you growing?

Part 1: The economics of saving and why we can’t get everything we want right now

Despite this rather unprecedented time of COVID-19, we can’t help but notice the great innovation that is happening around the world. Specifically, when it comes to our food system; people have never been more connected with where their food has come from and where they should source it – we’re loving this mind-shift. We’re also noticing that with more time at home people are also taking up growing their own… another positive to come out of adversity.

In Part 1, we start with Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia, as he talks us through his life advice. Number 1: grow a beard… But also, as he shares pearls of wisdom from his grandma whose mantra revolved around ‘the economics of saving’, because you “can’t always get everything you want at once…”.

Don’t we know that to be true right now.

Click here to view his pearls of wisdom.

Many thanks to Permaculture Principles for the image of Costa.

Part 2: How to set up a vegetable garden…fast

So, where to even start with growing your own food?
Lindsay from Treading My Own Path shares a great post titled “How to set up a vegetable garden…fast” – as you can probably tell from the title, it’s a quick one-two on how to get your garden up and running.

As Lindsay says: “It seems that growing vegetables is everybody’s new priority, as veggie seedlings and packets of seeds have become the new toilet roll – selling out everywhere.” We couldn’t agree more, and let’s face it, edibles seem like a more sensible thing to spend your coin on, than hoarding toilet paper!

Click here to learn more: whether you want to grow straight in the earth; raised garden beds or smaller containers, she’s got all the tips: “if you’re a beginner, have a read. If you’re more advanced, add your own tips and ideas. Team effort – let’s get all those veggies growing!”. Thank you Lindsay for the info and imagery – we love all that you do.

Part 3: A super easy green – Tokyo Bekana

Do you want a super easy vegetable to plant at any time of year?

You can plant Tokyo Bekana seed and yield a baby crop in just 21 days!

The Diggers Club say that Tokyo Bekana is a “superb addition to any winter garden, with stunning bright green leaves that can be picked again and again. The delicate texture and mild mustard flavour shows no sign of bitterness, so you can eat it raw as well as in a stir-fry. Best eaten straight off the plant so you will never find this one in the shops.”

Yum..get seeding and click here to learn more.

Part 4: Germinating seeds

The Diggers Club have a great hack with what to do with kids at home during this isolation period…
Whatever space you find yourself isolating in, if you have a hunt in your pantry, we think you’ll find some magical seeds to germinate in home-made pots and vessels – we love this idea.

From coriander seeds, fennel seeds, French lentils (yes, they’re seeds!), quinoa, pearl barley – the list does go on. You and your kids can germinate these at home and watch them grow!

Click here to be directed straight to The Diggers Club post. With or without kids, this is still fun…

What are other activities you are finding to do in the garden?

Thank you The Diggers Club for the continuous stream of info and the lovely image.

Part 5: Planting with seeds

Growing food straight from seed sounds daunting, but @thediggersclub have a blooming wonderful guide on how to do this, no-fuss – whether you’re sowing seeds in punnets or straight into the soil. Good news about seeds is that they are one of the easiest and best ways to start a vegie garden. A couple of seeds really do go a long way, with a steady supply of produce emerging as a result!

Click here to download The Diggers Club seed guide.

Thanks to The Diggers Club for the lovely image as well.

Part 6: What on earth to plant

So, what should you plant? Over here in Oz, we are well and truly into Autumn and are well on our way to Winter, it’s sadly not be the best time to plant tomatoes…but the good news? It’s a GREAT time to plant dark, leafy greens.

The Little Veggie Patch Co. shared a succinct and wonderful run-down of what veggies to plant, when. Starting now, it’s a good idea to plant fast-growing greens such as kale, silverbeet, lettuce and Bok Choy – great because you can pick them a leaf at a time. Complemented by broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrot, cauliflower and garlic, come December you’ll have quite the festive spread…

Click here to read their suggested Autumn planting list.

Tomorrow we will share information on planting seedlings, which is a good option for those gardeners who want to see results a little sooner..stay tuned!

Thank you for the info Little Veggie Patch co. and thank you for the visual Urban Secret Gardens.

Part 7: Planting with seedlings

For the gardener who wants to see immediate results, seedlings will become your best mates. As the The Little Veggie Patch Co. says, “while propagating from seed is no doubt the most cost-effective way to grow your own food, when you enter the season late or simply don’t have the time to invest, we can always fall back on the seedling.”

The video here shares a wonderful video guide on how best to introduce seedlings into your home soil. They share some important tips and tricks about transplanting seedlings from their little store-bought punnet into your own earth – and they’re very useful.

From watering them 15 minutes before giving them a new home to separating out each little seedling – The Little Veggie Patch Co. know how to do it best.

Thanks, Little Veggie Patch Co. for your useful tips and the image.

Part 8: Growing in small spaces

Good news! As The Spruce says, “you don’t need a lot of space to grow fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits.” You don’t need a sweeping backyard to have a bountiful vegetable garden; all you need is good soil, plenty of sunshine and water. Yes, we understand you may not be able to feed the masses with your smaller vegetable garden, but you will begin to appreciate the seasons like never before and you’ll be amazed by the huge capacity of a tiny space. Herbs, leafy greens, lettuces are fabulous year-round additions to every meal, and they’re often the items that go soggy in the bottom of the fridge, so why not pick them fresh from your mini patch instead!

This article shares The Spruce’s top tips on growing vegies in small spaces. Have a read and have a go – they even share ways you can grow vegies in-doors!

Thanks The Spruce for the wisdom and thanks About The Garden Magazine for the imagery.

Part 9: Composting

In Australia, 8.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year, most of which ends up in landfill. That equates to around 50% of the rubbish that Australians put in their rubbish bins… 50%! In the oxygen-starved environment of landfill, this buried waste produces methane, a gas which has 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide… For every tonne of food diverted from landfill, almost a tonne of greenhouse gas is prevented from entering the atmosphere, not to mention all the nutrients that are saved and returned to our earth to help out collective gardens grow. Want to help fix this problem?

Great! It’s time that you learn to compost. Watch this short clip from none-other than Costa Georgiadis!

Part 10: Growing in pots and containers

Your small space may call for growing vegetables in pots and containers – and there are so many vegies that will grow beautifully in them! Sustainable Gardening Australia have a great rundown of how to grow your vegetables and herbs in containers, and what to look out for as well. i.e. they give advice on positioning, planning, potting mix, patience and productivity. We love their alliteration and their advice.
Read more and learn about it here.

Part 11: No garden? No outdoor space? No worries

No garden? No outdoor space? Tiny apartment? No worries! ABC Australia has some humble advice for you to dig your green thumb (or lack-there-of) into… With a collective sigh of relief, we can all acknowledge that losing plants and herbs is a normal part of gardening BUT, the team at the ABC urge us not to be discouraged when indoor herbs and vegetables die, “knowing that death is part of all life” there are still ways to bring edible plants to life in an apartment.

Learn more here.

Part 12: What are you growing?

We love celebrating home-grown food. Sustainable Table Co-founder, Cassie, grows food in abundance – here you can find a picture of her home-grown pumpkins, as well as her beautiful nod to Mother’s Day:

“What better day to show off one’s garden bounty than on Mother’s Day. I know today can be complicated and painful for some, just as much as it is a joyous celebration of love, growth and family for others. Whatever camp you’re in, nothing is more important than celebrating the mother of all mothers, Mother Nature herself.

So today, as our social media feeds fill with images of the best part of humanity, let’s take a moment to pause in celebration of the Mother who made it all possible. Get out in your garden or take a walk and celebrate nature and abundance, because without her, the brunches, the FaceTime catch-ups, the parcels of love left on doorsteps would not be possible.

COVID-19 has left a mark on us all, but it has also allowed Mother Nature to breathe. Let’s think about how we can fight to keep her airways clear as restrictions begin to lift. Thank you Mother Nature, you’re a real treasure, my thanks go out to you today, and all days. Love Cassie xx”