Is it cheating to buy into an established garden? – PLUS Win a Kleenex Cottonelle product hamper and stuffed puppy!

May 23, 2012 · 21 comments

After 30 years in the same house, and 55 years in the one suburb for my poor mum, my parents are finally moving out of Blackalls! They’ve bought a place 10km away, near a park, the lake, and with some already established roses and fruit and veg plants!

Mum and Dad's new place

It even came with a giant dog out the back! Well over the back fence. This guy is HUGE!

Mum and Dad's new place

Have you ever had the pleasure of having tomatoes that have sprouted up from your compost bin? Or a pumpkin vine snake its way through your flowers? Or strawberries popping up here and there? These cherry tomatoes are growing up behind the garage in the back corner of the yard. And taste delicious. (especially plucked straight from the plant!). Think it counts as organic and sustainable if we’ve just found them growing, then staked up a few with some leftover fence posts and grass we just pulled?

Mum and Dad's new placeMum and Dad's new place

Back yard oranges and rhubarb, just waiting for me to stew them together and eat with some Greek yoghurt :) Or the oranges waiting for Rish to pluck them and juice them!

Mum and Dad's new place

The mint is also rather wild. I’m told that you can use it to help with fleas? I was wondering about making my own herbal tea from it?

A few weeks back I went to a Kleenex Mums/Cottonelle event which was buzzing with ideas for saving money while being more environmentally friendly at the same time. Backyard gardens were among the many ways mentioned that we could make a small difference to our footprints. Check out Pin to Make a difference for some tips and ideas!

Mum and Dad's new place

Yeah! Chokos! Apparently you can eat them, not just throw them at the year seven kids!

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You can WIN a Cottonelle hamper by commenting below with your favourite tip for being sustainable around the house, garden or office. Tips around food of course are warmly welcomed :) One entry per person. Aussie addresses only. Entries close 9pm Friday 25/05/2012, and the winner will be chosen by me, with the criteria of being the one that makes me nod the most and go “yes, THAT!”. :)

The prize pack consists of an array of products, including:
– Viva cleaning products
– Kleenex Cottonelle Flushable Wipes
– Kleenex Cottonelle toilet tissue
– Kleenex Tissues
– 1 Kleenex Cottonelle puppy toy

(I think it’s worth entering for the puppy toy! As pictured below!)

Kleenex mums

* Comp is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Catherine with her tip: “My tip is to use up all the fresh veggies you grow or buy – for example, don’t throw away the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower but instead cube them to use in stews and soups …. and don’t waste the leafy tops of your celery because it tastes great added to stir-fries and other Asian dishes. And you can even finely chop the beautiful green tops of carrots as a substitute for parsley and other green garnishes.” Awesome ideas!

{ 20 comments }

1 Tegan May 23, 2012 at 6:36 am

Dont throw seeds away we keep seeds from both purchased and home grown fruit and grow more plants from them… We also sell some of our home grown seeds too

2 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

Nice way to make a little $ on the side there! Do you get many buyers?

3 Marita May 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

My girls use a lot of paper in their drawing and craft activities. I often end up with quite a pile of paper at the end of the week, between the girls and all the newsletters / flyers I get from school and various places. So I put it all through the shredder and toss it in the compost bin with our food scraps.

4 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

How well does it break down? Does it have to be non-gloss?

5 Marita May 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

It breaks down really well and actually provides carbon in the compost, you do need to avoid gloss as the glossy paper can contain lead based inks. Other than that go for it.

this is a good link with info http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2012/03/mr-green-week-can-you-compost-shredded-paper-.html

6 Fiona May 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

oooh I hasn’t thought about the inks.

7 tahlia - the parenting files May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

the photo of the dog is just to die for… he looks kind of cute!

8 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

He seems very friendly

9 Liz N May 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’m always recycling butcher paper from the deli etc as kids drawing paper – the best stuff then gets further recycled into unique and colourful wrapping paper – so I’ve been doubly sustainable :)

10 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

Nice idea! and cute!

(then reuse it as book covering for school?)

11 Catherine May 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

What a great prize – thanks for the chance to win!

My tip is to use up all the fresh veggies you grow or buy – for example, don’t throw away the stalks of broccoli and cauliflower but instead cube them to use in stews and soups …. and don’t waste the leafy tops of your celery because it tastes great added to stir-fries and other Asian dishes. And you can even finely chop the beautiful green tops of carrots as a substitute for parsley and other green garnishes.

12 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

I’m going to have to go with your tip as the winner! Food wastage is such an issue, and I need to get better at not wasting so much!!!

Email me your address and I’ll pass it on the Kleenex to get the prize out to you!!!

13 Grace May 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

We have a communal backyard in our complex of 4 apartments so I love how I can just take the rest of unused water (from the kettle or from boiling pasta etc) and pour it out onto the garden. I hate wasting water.

14 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

I never think to reuse pasta water :)

15 Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky May 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

That’s one BIG dog! I am not much of a gardener, so I definitely feel happy buying into an established garden.

16 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

Oh me too!

17 Mum of Adult Kids May 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

Yay for busting in on someone elses garden work! When I first moved to my house, I had cherry tomatoes popping up all over the place. I think the seeds were spread via a large compost heap that was in the back corner of the yard (now moved into a bin!). The tomatoes kept coming back for at least 2 seasons.
It sounds like your mum and dad really scored with all those vegies. Not sure about the big dog though!
Visiting from FYBF

18 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

I’m wondering what the cats will think….

19 Trish May 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

We bought a basic pump ($15 on Bunnings special table ) to recycle bath and shower water into the washing machine. We survive on tank water so saving every drop is important.
The kitchen washing up water I bucket onto my plants too. I save all scraps for the compost.

20 Fiona May 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

You ARE very good with the grey water use!!

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