The Little Veggie Patch Co: Growing Challenge

Posted by Penny on April 24, 2013
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Growing Challenge (Month 1) from The Little Veggie Patch Co on Vimeo.

One of the reasons I don’t tend to try harder at growing veggies in my garden is that I usually get an extremely small yield – a tomato here, a spring onion there, a worm eaten beetroot or a bitter little radish. (Possibly this is due to the fact that my garden is mostly concrete but still). I have loved The Little Veggie Patch Co for a good while now – their determination in helping us suburban folks in growing our own foods is endlessly enthusiastic, plus my heart always swells a little when I see their cute little van driving around my hood, with the guys wearing their straw hats.

But for the more economically minded among us, their Growing Challenge is a pretty rad idea – tracking how much in financial value their little veggie patch is growing for them, month by month. Take a look! And you can visit the garden at Fed Square in Melbourne too.

Follow Little Veggie Patch Co on Facebook for all the veggie growing gossip. xx

Wearable Planter

Posted by Penny on April 19, 2012
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Top to Bottom: Cobalt Blue, Sunshine Yellow and Red Bike Planters

So I’m going to put it out there that this might be the perfect gift for the outdoorsy eco-lover in your life. Bike Planters. Seriously. Amazing. These little planters by Wearable Planter are made with an emerging technology, 3D printing. And yet they’re for your bike, a seriously old-school (and eco-friendly) mode of transportation. I like it. And it’ll make bike-riding in the rain totally worth it too… yes?

Miniature Icosahedron in Aqua: A Wearable Planter

If you don’t have a bike, you can grab some Wearable Planter jewellery instead. Plant lavender, and the world will always smell delightful!


Purchase your wearable planters here, and visit creator Colleen Jordan’s website here.

Fair-trade Gardening by Oxfam

Posted by Penny on December 12, 2011
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3 white-washed terracotta elephant herb planters on a tray via Oxfam

I have been looking around for some lovely garden decoratives to give as a Christmas gift – no garden gnomes! I always think of gardening, and therefore anything garden-related, as very wholesome and natural, so it made me a bit sad to discover that pretty much everything apart from plants & seeds at my local plant nursery was produced in China.


Hand-crafted terracotta water drippers via Oxfam

Unfortunately my budget does not generally extend to beautiful sculptural pieces created locally in Australia – I wish it did! So I hopped over to Oxfam which is increasingly my go-to store for homewares & decor. They’ve got some really lovely garden pieces produced fairly in Bangladesh, the water drippers especially are rather funny!

White-washed terracotta frog herb planter including tray via Oxfam

And of course Oxfam will get you sorted for a whole variety of gifts! And of course there is always the Oxfam Unwrapped range, where you can donate money in lieu of a gift. I bought my brother this card. I know he’ll appreciate it.

Pop on over to Oxfam (or go visit one of their stores!) for much more!

Any I would love to hear any tips for locally produced or fair trade garden things too – for next Christmas maybe!