How We Built A No Dig Veggie Garden That Never Needs Watering

We’re seriously short on time.  So when we wanted to start our veggie garden, we knew it had to be fuss free and something that wouldn’t drain our time each day.

What we’ve managed to create is a veggie garden that didn’t require any digging and we don’t have to water ever!!  This is where we get most of our leafy greens and fresh herbs from which give us year round fresh produce.


Get The Most Out Of Your Waste

When we hooked up our plumbing here, we decided to make the most of our grey water.  Our grey water is the waste water from our shower, bath, laundry tub and washing machine.  The kitchen sink and toilet are considered black water and should always been treated properly through a waste management system.

If you’re going to use your grey water, you need to make sure you’re putting the right things down the drain, especially if you’re going to grow food from it.  No one wants to be eating a lettuce that’s been watered with bleach right!

I swear by Natures Organics for all our home and personal care.  They legit have everything you could need from floor cleaner to face cleaner.  They’ve been around since the 50’s, their line is specifically designed to be grey water friendly, they’re Australian owned and they give a shit about our planet.  I find the biggest issue with eco friendly products is the price point can be a little steep, Natures Organics is more than reasonable, if not the cheapest option most of the time.

Anway, we ran our grey water out from the bathroom with some PVC pipe until we reached the start of our slope.  We then attached a slotted pipe so the water could slowly soak out of the pipe and into the garden.  We made sure the slotted pipe ran slightly down hill and secured it with a few good rocks.  At the end of the pipe, we added a cap so that any water that wasn’t absorbed the first time through, would back up and soak out.

Find Your Local Mulch Dealer

Did you know some local dumps have free or really cheap mulch?  Our local lets us take 1 free ute load of mulch each day.  Crazy right?

The free mulch can have some rubbish in it which takes a bit of time to pick out.  The other option is a finer ground mulch for about $20 a ute load.  Either way, it’s a cheap deal.  This stuff isn’t the best quality of course but to build up your base and get your veggies in the ground, it’s all that’s needed.

We started by bringing home a ute load every time Chris had an early finish at work and started burying the slotted pipe, making sure it was at the top edge of the garden so the water could run down through the plants below.  From memory, we used about 4 ute loads to build a garden bed that’s about 8 metres long and 1 metre wide.  We made sure we marked where the pipe runs incase we ever need to get to it in the future.

Over time the growing of plants, constant watering and breaking down scraps will only improve the mulch over time.

Don’t Buy Your Seedlings From Big Name Places

Sure, it’s convenient to hit up your local Bunnings for some veggie seedlings but did you know you can get insane bargains from your local markets?  Yandina Markets for example has a stall that sells 30 seedlings for $15!!!!  That’s 50 cents each!!!! 

Buying from your local markets also ensures that what you’re buying will grow well in your climate.  The bigger guys can ship their seedlings around between stores so you never can be too sure where they’ve spent the last few months of their lives and what climate they’ve adjusted to.  Your local market stall holder on the other hand is going to be a local to your region so you have a much better chance of your little sprouters loving their new home in your veggie garden.

Close Your Eyes & Dig A Hole

Okay not literally, that would probably be dangerous but don’t be too careful with what you plant where.  We spread our seedlings out as much as we can to give everything a better chance at thriving.

By scattering and planting at random, you’re not only slowing down the rate that bugs and disease can spread from plant-to-plant, but you’ll soon see where each variety does best over the season.  I’ve noticed for instance that our cauliflower doesn’t like being on the high side of the garden, and does much better on the lower side and our shallots reach mamoth sizes towards the end of the garden instead of at the start of it.

So mix it up, play around and see what does well where.  It will be pretty obvious pretty soon how everything’s performing and where it should be planted next time so make sure you take note.  Start a little black book for you to look back on next season.  This will eliminate your need for trial and error every seasonn.

Let Some Stuff Go To Seed

We have a shit load of lemon basil and lettuce growing in our garden because we just keep letting it go to seed.  This is honestly the easiest way to create an abundant veggie garden with heaps of variety.  It also saves you having to go and buy new seedlings each season.

Some of it we pull out, pick the seeds off to put in storage and feed the rest of the plant to the chooks.  Our seed drawer now has a nice little stash of rosella, basil, pumpkin, carriander, dill, capsicum and god knows what else.

Some of it we will shake into the garden to keep them going.  The garden at the moment has tatsoi, dill, broccoli, cauliflower and shallots going to seed which we plan on leaving to do their thing and sprout even more.

We’ve done so well out of our garden these past few months and it’s so awesome being able to step out and pick fresh ingredients for our meals. Chris’s favourite salad consists of random leaves he picks and tosses in olive oil.

We’ve had veggie gardens in the past but they just never seem to do that well when they need to be watered by hand.  This is hands down the easiest and most rewarding way we’ve ever grown and if you’re in the position to do so, give it a shot for yourselves and let us know how you go!

DIY Bees Wax Furniture Polish | Kid Friendly

We were just gifted a beautiful, raw timber cot and change table from my Mum and her partner ready for the arrival of our little Fitzrigglet.

Now kids friends have demonstrated their ability to eat timber cots when they’re teething, so I needed to seal it with something non-toxic that would still protect the timber enough to keep it looking great for years to come.

After asking around and not getting much feedback, I decided bees wax would be the way to go if I wanted to maintain the beautiful blonde colour of this timber.  My mother in law brought a block up for me to have a play with and I set about seeing what I could figure out.

First I tried rubbing the wax on straight off the block which was a total waste of time and wax so I quickly ditched that idea.  What I needed was something I could dilute it with to make it easier to apply and absorb.  We’ve always used Grapeseed Oil on our timber chopping boards, but it didn’t seem durable enough for furniture that’s almost guaranteed to be smeared in an array of child bodily fluids.

Anyway, I remembered an old timber chopping block we got from Ikea like a thousand years ago and that it came with this food grade 100% mineral oil sealant which is a clear, neutral oil with no colouring or fragrances.  After doing some digging in the shed and some research to make sure it can’t go off, I decided this was just what I needed.

What You Need

1 block of quality 100% bees wax.

Doesn’t really matter how big your block is, that will only affect the quantity of polish you can make.

1 bottle of 100% mineral oil.

Like I said, I had ours left over from an Ikea purchase many, many moons ago but you can find it from heaps of different retailers online.

1 large, wide mouthed glass jar or container.

Make sure the jar you use is big enough to get your hand right into the bottom of it.

How To Do It

Melt the bees wax

Chop up your block of bees wax into smaller chunks using a large knife – I went for chunks of about 2cm square which melted quite quickly.
Put them all in your glass jar.  Don’t be too worried about if they’re piled up past the rim, as the bottom melts, it will all fall down nicely.

Place the glass jar in a saucepan of water, put this on a low heat and bring slowly to the boil.
Wait for the bees wax to completely melt.  You may have to stir it every now and then.

Combine the wax and oil

Turn off the stove and very carefully remove your glass jar from it using jarring tongs or an oven mitt.

To get a ratio of equal part wax and oil, I used a skewer to measure the height of the melted bees wax within my jar.
I then marked an equal amount above the melted wax line which gave me a marker for pouring in the mineral oil.

As you add the oil, your wax is likely to set again.  Return it to the saucepan and stir until it’s all combined.

Leave it to set

Pop it in a safe place, out of the sun for it to cool off and set.

Apply to your timber furniture

Applying it super easy.
You just need a clean, white cloth (so you don’t get any colour leeching) which you can use to apply the wax in a circular motion to any raw timber surface.

The best part?  If you need to top it up at any point (my kitchen table is due for another coat) there’s no preparation needed other than giving it a good clean and making sure it’s dry!

Gender Neutral Nursery Design | Spoiling Your Baby On A Budget

I think it’s safe to say that every parent wants to give their little babe the very best of everything.  Unfortunately for some, the budget is tight right before a baby comes along.  Ours was practically non-existent after having to finish sheeting the internal shed walls and buying the family car on minimum wages.

I really didn’t want to skimp on my dream nursery style so I became pretty thrifty and managed to pull off what I think is a beautiful gender neutral room for our little bundle.  Here’s how.

Let your parents spoil you if they want.

Chris and I have always struggled with how much our parents want to contribute to whatever’s going on in our lives.  First it was the wedding, now it’s the baby.  For some, accepting help from parents when you’re about to become a parent is a little harder than it sounds but we eventually swallowed our pride and let them do what they’d been dying to do… spoil our little Fitzrigglet.

Our parents all bought the big ticket items being the cot, change table, car seat, play pen and a mum and bub lambs wool set.  The rocking chair was a gift from our bestie and is something we’ll use in the living room when the time comes.  We knew they were going to go nuts so figured they may as well buy the items we really needed, that would get the most use.

Get creative and try your hand at DIY’s.

Pretty soon, you’ll go through your nesting stage of the pregnancy and will find yourself waddling around completing the most bizare jobs.  This is when I was most efficient and the nursery really came together.

Ikea Spice Rack Shelves

Somewhere along my Pinterest scrolling, I found an Ikea hack that uses these timber spice racks as shelving.  I figured this would be a great way to keep those essentials right above the change table and have since put them all throughout the house for little stashes of goodies.

No Sew Mosquitto Net

I spent months looking for the perfect mosquitto net to keep our little babe safe from the bugs out here.  The prices were insane and they really weren’t anything like what I wanted.  So, off I waddled to Lincraft where I found this great netting fabric in a beautiful crisp white colour.  By attaching one bracket to the wall above the cot, I was able to drape the netting over the bracket, and attached it to the bottom of the cot so no little hands could grab it or pull it onto themselves.  This really is my favourite part of this entire room and cost me less than $50.

Cactus Framed Art

I created this little framed artwork one day on my lunch break.  I had been looking for far too long for the perfect little artwork for this room and had no luck.  So I found this image of the cactus online, added the coloured backgrounds, and framed it in a cheap, Kmart frame.  It was too small to look right on the wall so I perched it next to this salt lamp of the dresser.

Pom Pom & Tassel Mobile

I got hooked on making tassels from knitting wool one weekend and spent and entire two days in front of Netflix, making them.  I then realised I need to actually use them.  Some of them were added to the bottom of the mosquitto net, and the rest went into this very simple mobile I made.  I ventured out into the summer heat to find the perfect smooth stick to use, wrapped the ends in the wool, hung a few single threads and attached the tassels to the end.  Feeling like it wasn’t quite finished, I added these pompoms I tried and failed at making, so I tied them along the strands.  All in all, I think it turned out awesomely.

Recycle and repurpose as much as possible.

Flat Weave Round  Rug

I found this bargain rug a few years ago from Urban Outfitters and used it in the studio of our last house.  Since moving, it had been sitting in storage with no real home or purpose here.  I pulled it out, gave it a wash, threw it in front of the cot and it worked perfectly.  The simple monochrome pattern actually became the inspiration for the rest of the room.

Dresser & Toy Box

I had found these cute little timber drawers for super cheap on the Ikea website that I had my heart set on.  So off we head, on the 2 hour trip to get the drawers and a few other little bits and bobs.  As it turned out, the drawers were more suited to a dolls house than an actual house and there was nothing else within our budget.  We had an appointment to go to following and were running out of time.  I did the standard pregnant woman thing and started crying, while Chris pointed out the cubed shelving units.  WOOHOO! Day saved and no more crying wife!

The baskets we found at Big W and will be perfect for storing those tiny items of clothing, swaddles and spew rags.  The bottom shelves are for toys so as our little Fitzrigglet starts moving, they can access their toys, and we can chuck them away quickly when we want to tidy up.  We also figure that we could always tip this up the other way and use it as a bookshelf as we grow and in the meantime, the top makes a good side table for the rocking chair and home for the more decorative pieces.

Create a Baby Shower Wishlist.

Some people are uncomfortable with asking for gifts at a baby shower.  Some people are uncomfortable not knowing what the hell to get expecting parents for their baby shower.  I know, that I would never arrive empty handed, that’s just me.  But I would also rather get something needed that will be put to good use.  So I made a Pinterest board with ideas and inspiration IF people were looking for ideas on what we liked, wished for, or needed.  For me, it felt like a softer approach than having a registry.  I was sure to choose things that range in price from $5 to $50 to make if helpful to all.  We received a few pieces that we really hoped for and the guests were stoked that they contributed so practically.