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Grow some salad and reuse plastic

Today’s free worksheet is from Sustainable Summer. Written with The Frugal Family it has 42 eco-friendly, planet saving worksheets. Available as a printable PDF or in glorious colour paperback. If you don’t have a packet of seeds try something from the store cupboard. Mustard seeds sprout well and coriander seeds grow into delicious leafy additions to salads or toppings for …

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Free personalised online veg garden planning calendar

In a nutshell – gardenfocused.co.uk have a free grow your own fruit and veg planning calendar that you can personalise. It even helps you plan crop rotations Unless you are growing indoors under lights you will need to pay attention to the seasons. I forget from year to year what I need to do in the garden and when. Books …

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Starting a compost bin in a tiny garden

I have a very tiny garden for growing fruit and veg and relaxing in. I’ve just got a second compost bin and this is how I’m getting it started. I’ve got a pretty good system going with composting at home. Old teabags, leftover food and veg peelings go into a container during the week as I cook. When it’s full …

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You don’t need a garden to grow your own with IKEA Live LAGOM

What is Live LAGOM? Three years ago I was chosen at random because I answered an email from IKEA asking me if I’d be interested in learning to live more sustainably. I was interested to hear how a brand would be able to help me save money, simply by sharing their advice on day to day routines at home! Live …

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Stop food waste with a menu planning chalkboard (tutorial)

This summer I spent a lot of time scraping off chip paper, replacing it with smooth paper and creating an office space I want to work in. On my office walls I have 2 long strips of chalkboard in an amazing blue colour. I bought a big tin of special chalkboard paint thinking I’d need to use loads of it …

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Hydroponics v Soil v Light Growing Comparisons

In a nutshell – I’m testing different growing methods to see which comes out best. This month it’s spinach. I love my Ikea Vaxar Hydroponics unit but I wasn’t very impressed with the taste of the lettuce that came out of the first crop. To see if it makes a difference I’m trying (not terribly scientifically) to see if soil …

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Ikea Hydroponics 3 months on, tips and hacks.

In a nutshell – I bought the Ikea Vaxar hydroponics unit as part of the Ikea Live LAGOM project. This is how it is 3 months after setting up with some growing tips and hacks. As a Live LAGOM participant I had to come up with resolutions that would help us live more sustainably. I chose growing salad all year …

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First indoor salad crop from hydroponics kit

In a nutshell – 7 weeks ago I started some seeds off in a hydroponics unit bought through the Ikea Live LAGOM project. This is our celebration meal with the first crop. I’ve been growing 3 different types of lettuce in the grow house for the last 7 weeks and today we started eating it. We can kiss goodbye to …

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7 weeks from seed to salad – indoor hydroponics

In a nutshell –  how quick it is to produce your own salad indoors, even in mid winter.  48 days after planting seeds we have a good crop  we can start eating this weekend. They are growing in the darkest room in the house, under Ikea VAXAR lights, bought as part of the Live LAGOM project. You can read about …

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Growing Salad indoors with Ikea Live LAGOM

In a nutshell – as part of the Ikea Live LAGOM project I get to spend their money on an indoor growing kit. I’m aiming to grow my own salad indoors all year round with the help of the VAXAR grow house. My house is a two up two down with a ground floor extension the width of the house. …

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Ikea Hydroponics Indoor Gardening – First Thoughts

In a nutshell – as part of the Ikea Live LAGOM project I am aiming to grow all my salad indoors, all year round. Ikea gave me £300 to spend on Ikea products to make my life more sustainable. I’ve been coveting an indoor growing kit for some time but I didn’t have the money to spend on one, nor …