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12 Jul 2021

July Seasonal Gardening Tips – Subtropical Queensland

Should you sow seeds or seedlings? That depends! Does your vegetable or herb have a long seed germination period? If it’s quick (<7 days) and a fast-to-mature crop like lettuce, you can sow seeds, raise seedlings and harvest your crop while the weather is still cool.

17 Mar 2021

Gardening Tips for Autumn 2021

April and May are prime planting times for our autumn and winter crops. We only have short seasons during autumn and winter (June/July) so it’s best to make the most of them.

14 Jan 2021

Yandina business compost pilot an Australian first

Food Waste Loop, a Yandina Community Gardens (YCG) pilot program, is collecting food waste from local businesses and turning it into compost which is already in high demand.

15 Sep 2020


See Permaculture principles and design ideas in action. Come along for an inspiring & informative tour of our gardens on the first Saturday of each month.

15 Sep 2020


PLEASE NOTE: Parents are welcome to attend, but parent involvement is not necessary as teachers are qualified and numbers are restricted to cater for this.

14 Sep 2020

Kids’ Program: Worm Lasagne and Magic Potion

Our Worm Lasagne method is energy efficient, blocks weeds and generates healthy organic produce. Then we will mix up a batch of “Magic Potion” that will enchant your soil with E.

25 Aug 2020

Plant a self-assessable verge garden

The road verge is the area of land between your property boundary and the road. The typical road verge within our region consists of grass, footpath and a council provided street tree.

12 Aug 2020

Beautiful blooms: How to grow and use edible flowers

From adorning cakes to transforming a bowl of leafy greens, edible blooms are easy to grow and full of goodness. You may be surprised by just how many types of flowers can safely make the transition from garden to table.

26 May 2020

Seasonal Gardening Tips for May - Subtropical QLD

The lawn may not be growing as fast as in summer, but make the most of grass clippings by using as mulch or adding to your compost.

06 May 2020

Small Space Gardening

Potter about your patio Anne Gibson, the Micro Gardener - introduction to growing microgreens It’s the perfect time to get dirty. Dirty hands that is, by digging deep into some micro gardening on your patio, veranda, landing, balcony, courtyard or deck.

06 May 2020

How to Make a No-Dig Garden: Morag Gamble's Method for Simple Abundance

Permaculture is the skill we all need to learn how to help us through this challenging period. The world urgently needs more permaculture gardens, designers and teachers everywhere.

06 May 2020

How to Grow Microgreens in a Punnet – The Micro Gardener

Learn how to grow nutrient-dense organic food gardens in urban spaces. Dig in with quick, easy DIY tips and lessons by expert organic gardener, author and speaker, Anne Gibson.

06 May 2020

Easy Everyday Sourdough Bread

24 Apr 2020

​Gardening Tips for Autumn

April and May are prime planting times for our autumn and winter crops. We only have short seasons during autumn and winter (June/July) so it’s best to make the most of them.

24 Apr 2020

Fashion Revolution Week 2020

This is the week, traditionally, when we pause to remember the 1,138 fast fashion workers who tragically lost their lives, with many more who were injured, at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh on 24th April 2013.

23 Apr 2020

Food Matters Favourite Freezer-Friendly Dinners

With a routine that’s been thrown out of the norm and greater inconsistency between days working and getting that all-important paycheck, it’s a great idea to have some healthy home-made meals on hand when you need them.

23 Apr 2020

Embracing change through what we wear

The fashion industry is responsible for up to 10 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Watch this video for three ways you can reduce your fashion footprint and still dress to impress.

23 Apr 2020

Creative online Fun for Kids

The Horizon Festival has curated some great creative online home activities for kids KINDY + PRE-SCHOOL Zdoodle Drawing App A simple, no-nonsense drawing app for iOS, perfect for entertaining little humans.

16 Apr 2020

Free 4 part Permaculture course with Morag Gamble

Morgan Gamble has created a free masterclass about COVID-19 and permaculture, 10 practical how-to films and 12 blogs about no-dig gardening, simple composting, worm towers, quick vegetables, growing medicinals, creating a thriving edible garden, community food systems creating a small scale garden, some recipes and more.

28 Mar 2020

Headspace, Mindfulness for your everyday life

Headspace are offering free meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out in your time of isolation. You can listen to these anytime, anywhere to help you feel calm and grounded in these uncertain times.

26 Mar 2020

How Spare Harvest can help you share what you have

Now is an ideal time to experience the joy of sharing. Never before in our recent history has the need to come together and support each other been so important.

25 Mar 2020

Getting started with microgreens

Microgreens are the “saucer on a windowsill” herbs and leafy greens that have risen to fame as petite garnishes on the plates of celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone.

21 Mar 2020

Creative meals with microgreens

Vibrant, tasty and nutritious, microgreens can bring salads, smoothies and main meals to life. Their rich green and fuchsia hues are an ideal way to enliven a boring salad, garnish your favourite chargrilled meat or add verve to school lunchboxes.

19 Mar 2020

Energy savings for small business

Free help aimed at saving on professional services energy costs. Tailored advice and tips to help cut energy costs for small businesses in the professional services industry.

16 Mar 2020

Do natural hand sanitisers work? Can you make your own?

With the outbreak of the serious virus COVID-19, known as coronavirus, we are naturally concerned about whether natural hand sanitisers will be as effective as synthetic chemicals.

21 Feb 2020

February Seasonal Gardening Tips – Subtropical Queensland

February is typically the time of year when we get the most rainfall in our climate. Heatwaves, hail and even cyclones. Based on past patterns, we often get heavy downpours and thunderstorms, creating hot humid conditions and temperatures can be very uncomfortable.

30 Jan 2020

How to cope with extreme heat days without racking up the aircon bills

Original article found at: theconversation.com Summer in Australia is getting hotter. Extreme heat events, with daytime temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, are becoming more common and we are getting more of these days in a row.

16 Jan 2020

Ethical and sustainable activewear to keep you moving

From the gym to Pilates to school drop-offs and coffee with friends, activewear is everywhere. Comfortable, relaxed and the perfect accessory to a laidback Queensland lifestyle, our obsession with taking gym wear to the streets shows no sign of slowing.

10 Jan 2020

Eight new electric vehicle models set to join Australia market in 2020

At least eight new electric vehicle models will hit Australian shores in 2020, opening up further choice for drivers wanting to reduce private transport emissions or simply have the latest in automotive technology.

16 Dec 2019

Seasonal Gardening Tips for Summer by Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener

It’s been a stressful time for many normally enthusiastic gardeners to sustain their garden, even without water restrictions. Whether you’re on town water, with the moisture available to keep gardens growing or relying solely on tank water, it’s a good time to reflect on your water management and consider implementing sustainable practices.

22 Nov 2019

How to get the most out of your next Op Shop Clothing adventure

Whether you are new to op shopping for clothes or a regular, we thought we would share some useful tips from Emma Willmann, Statement Styling and Katie Roberts, Sustainability in Style who were facilitators for our recent fabric program Op Shop rambles in Maroochydore and Nambour.

15 Nov 2019

Designing for multigenerational living

Multigenerational housing has the potential to offer creative solutions to some of the social and environmental challenges of our time. A panel of experienced and emerging architects, along with community members with lived experience discussed the role multigenerational housing could play in shaping our communities of the future at the recent Sunshine Coast Open House forum held at the Innovation Centre.

16 Oct 2019

Seasonal Gardening Tips for October

In October, we move into our fifth season here in SE QLD. ‘Sprummer’ is a highly changeable period during October/November, where we transition from spring into summer!

05 Sep 2019

Seasonal Gardening Tips for September

This year, we had a wetter than normal June (which was very welcome!) but warmer than average temperatures during July - and a very short winter.

29 Aug 2019

Energy Efficient Communities Program

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.

07 Aug 2019

Hundreds of hands plant 3000 native plants for National Tree Day

“We are definitely coming back again next year” was the phrase heard repeatedly at Sunshine Coast Council’s National Tree Day celebrations. Families from across the Sunshine Coast had a fun morning at the tree planting event, with 196 adults and 159 children contributing their efforts.

07 Aug 2019

Everyone is drooling over new mouth-watering food festival

With a number of the 50 events on offer already sold out, and registrations for The Food Fair increasing by the day, the event is proving popular with locals, and visitors to the Sunshine Coast.

02 Aug 2019

Have your say by this Thursday 15 August – Sunshine Coast Design

Council is developing a Design Strategy for the Sunshine Coast Council area to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE GOOD DESIGN of new communities, buildings, streets and spaces.

26 Jun 2019

Heidi Middleton is redefining what a small, ethical fashion business looks like

Channelling her passion for art, fashion and sustainability, Heidi Middleton is redefining what a small, ethical creative fashion business can look like today. Heidi’s latest project, ArtClub was born from a desire to make things of beauty, with purpose and meaning.

18 Apr 2019

Hivve – A smart, clean power solution for schools

The impact of changes in Australian electricity markets and a growing community desire to embrace environmentally sustainable practices is leading schools to consider how they meet their future energy needs.

18 Apr 2019

Easter 2019: Check out your Fairtrade Easter egg options ... and where to buy them!

Easter is just around the corner and there’s one question on everyone’s lips: What Fairtrade Easter eggs and other treats are available, and where can I get them?

07 Mar 2019

How to be a sustainable traveller

Many of us love to travel, but how do we avoid all the single use plastic that can often go with it? Beyond your reusable drink bottle and reusable bag, Lonely Planet share some tips on how to reduce your throw away plastic and how to be a more conscientious traveller.

26 Feb 2019

Compost – Turn Waste into ‘Black Gold’ for your Garden

One of the easiest ways to save money, reduce waste, grow a healthier garden and tread lighter on our beautiful planet is to make your own compost.

24 Feb 2019

Eating an ice cream cone can save a turtle!

Eating an ice cream cone can save a turtle! Who would have thought that choosing to eat an ice cream cone could save a turtle?

15 Jan 2019

DIY Paper Plant Pots

Paper pots are a fun, eco-friendly alternative to plastic pots for anyone who grows vegetables, herbs or flowers from seeds. Paper pots degrade naturally once plants seedlings mature and are an ideal way to use up excess newspaper.

01 Dec 2018

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia?

When we think of electric cars, most of us think of Elon Musk, or his electric car company Tesla.When we imagine the setting for this Tesla car we’ve just conjured, we generally think of city surrounds, with perhaps a young hipster, or business tycoon behind the wheel.

08 Nov 2018

Help shape Australia’s energy future by downloading the CSIRO Energise App

The new CSIRO Energise App gives each of us the opportunity to be a ‘citizen scientist’ by contributing information about energy consumption in our own households to a major research project.

04 Oct 2018

Creating a DIY miniature succulent garden

Succulent plants are everywhere right now. You’ll find these quirky, fun splashes of greenery adorning tables in cafe’s and bringing colour to interior and exterior spaces.

02 Aug 2018

Find your reusable cup style with one of these handmade beauties

In our fast-paced world, there’s something indulgent about drinking coffee or tea from a real ceramic cup, an experience which many reusable coffee cups don’t quite capture.

30 Jul 2018

Fight Food Waste

Food saving habits start when you LOOK.BUY.STORE.COOK. Here are some quick tip to start reducing your food waste. LOOK So many of us forget to LOOK at what we already have in our fridge, pantry and freezer before shopping.

14 May 2018

How to introduce your child to craft

Google “craft for kids” and you’ll find thousands of ideas to get you started including painting, drawing, sewing, needlework, pottery, paper crafts and card making.

06 Apr 2018

Green on the inside – the best pot plants for healthy air and a gorgeous interior

Indoor plants are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to transform your home, and generally require very little care or love to thrive.

22 Mar 2018

Choosing the right fertiliser for native plants

It is generally understood that the addition of organic matter (mulch or compost) to the garden is for the improvement of soil health, which in turn improves plant health.

28 Feb 2018

Discover hidden gems in Redlands reserves

The wondrous diversity of the Redlands is ripe for exploration. Whether you’re out for a short walk in nature, or a more adventurous day trip, the region boasts large tracts of bushland and islands with distinctive places that are relatively unknown.

12 Feb 2018

DIY Natural Cleaning

It only takes a walk down any supermarket cleaning aisle to comprehend the abundance of products for home cleaning. The underlying message from manufacturers of detergents, disinfectants, bleaches, crèmes, powders and pastes for household cleaning is that we need to use chemicals to keep our homes fresh, clean and hygienic.

31 Jan 2018

How to keep school lunches safe in the heat

This article is part of a series that draws on the latest research on back to school transitions. In it, experts explain how best to prepare children for school, and counter difficulties such as stress or bad behaviour.

09 Jan 2018

A buzz of insect activity helps your garden

If you watch a garden intently for long enough, you will notice a buzz of insect activity - in the air, on plants, in flowers, and within the soil.

20 Dec 2017

How to grow your own sprouts

It’s a perfect activity to get the kids interested in producing their own food as they can watch progress each day. Minimal equipment is needed and supplies are readily available at health food stores or online (see notes at the end of the article).

05 Dec 2017

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions that everyone can use to help fight the festive war on waste. From green gifts, food and tech waste tips to sustainable summer holiday renovations and decluttering we’ve got it covered!

13 Nov 2017

how to make Clean out the Fridge Soup

08 Nov 2017

Seasonal Planting for kitchen gardens - with Anne Gibson

Living Smart speaks with The Micro Gardener, Anne Gibson on gardening for the seasons in our region. How would you describe our south-east Queensland climate?

08 Nov 2017

Five easy ways to recycle household items

The average Australian household produces approximately 1.5 tonnes of waste per year. Reducing the amount of waste your household sends to landfill is easy with these tips on recycling everyday items.

02 May 2017

How to make healthier takeaways at home

The problem is once in a while has become too often, with the average NZ household eating takeaways 2-3 times a week (compared to the once a fortnight recommendation).

02 May 2017

Health rules to make life easier

Here are a few pointers taken from my book Fresh Start (there are more in the book!), and some super fresh, healthy recipes that will fuel you with lots of goodness, and make you feel great!

02 May 2017

Fact Sheet: Excess Produce - Chilli Powder

Presenter: Gardening Australia, 08/04/2017 SERIES 28 Episode 06 - Turn your excess chillies into powder to warm up any dish! Pre-heat oven to 120 degrees Celsius (fan-forced oven)

02 May 2017

DIY: Sustainable Day Spa

There’s nothing like a pamper session to set your zen to ten. The sounds, the scents, the special stuff they apply to your skin to make it feel extra smooth, soft, and supple - you wish you could do it yourself at home.

15 Mar 2017

Did you know that Australians throw out one out of every five shopping bags?

OzHarvest is passionate about minimising food waste and protecting our environment for future generations. Here’s why…Local food facts Australians throw out $8-10 billion of food every year.

07 Oct 2016

Do I really waste food?

Have you ever… put leftovers in the fridge only to rediscover them a week later with some fuzz growing on them? bought some fresh fruit only to see its passed over until it’s shrivelled and unappetizing?

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