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Sustainable living choices on the Fraser Coast

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GARDENS & ENVIRONMENT

Let’s Talk Vegetables

Based on the new report from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat the recommended number of daily serves of vegetables.

The food we eat plays an important role in our health and well-being. Good nutrition contributes to quality of life, helps maintain healthy body weight, protects against infection, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Chronic conditions—often linked with a poor diet—are the major cause of ill health in Australia (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

We are so fortunate to have this great climate on the Fraser Coast that growing own vegetables is not a big challenge. Some basic understanding about gardening is enough to have healthy greens and vegetables all year round. It is very rewarding, always fresh, the taste is amazing and… you know what you eat!

All kind of heirloom and organic seeds can be found on the internet or at our local swap group. The local markets are great place to find all sorts of vegetables seedlings and organic fertilizers like mushroom or chicken manure which are essential if you want to grow your own food.

And what to do with the surplus?

It can be shared with friends and family or swapped at the local Garden Food Swap in Howard. You can swap all sorts of home grown
or home made food, seedlings, seeds and have a good time with like minded. More info on Facebook at: Garden Food Swap Howard And Surrounds.

Edible of the month to plant now:

Tomato. Loves half shade and protection from the midday and afternoon sun. It needs a good amount of organic fertilizer like blood and bone, fermented or aged animal manure (fresh one won’t work that well) and some wood ash would be great. It will also be happy about some mulch on top. You can harvest your first tomato in about 6 weeks from when you see the fist flower. Tomatoes are self-pollinating which means that they don’t need bees for pollination and so you can easily protect them with a fine net from the fruit flies and the sun.

Edible of the month ready for harvest now:

Cucumbers. Low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, K, Potassium, Magnesium and Fiber. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. Can be eaten fresh, naturally fermented or pickled. Some other of the many edibles you can plant right now: Beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrot, celery, chili, cucumber, eggplant, ginger, luffa, pumpkin, rockmelon, rosella, squash, sweet corn, watermelon, zucchini.

Tip for beginners:

Start with perennial edibles. There is not much you can do wrong and you can harvest your first greens nearly straight away!

Check our YouTube channel at youtube.com/FoodForestCookery and blog www.foodforestcookery.com for more info and tips and tricks about growing food and more.

Red Dead Redemption

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is the long-awaited prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption,

with the first in the series titled Red Dead Revolver. The series is a Western-themed open world adventure in the Wild West which lets you live out your dreams of being a outlawed gunslinging cowboy. The protagonist is named Arthur Morgan. He is supported by a cast of over twenty characters of which some are likable and some not but all are human with strengths and flaws.

A big-budget production, this game showcases cutting-edge game design and mechanics supporting the six chapter story. The developer Rockstar’s website thanks 3,022 people for their help making this game, which took seven years and an estimated $300 million to produce. This ain’t your grandpa’s video game!!

So what can you expect from an AAA title like Red Dead 2? The answer is: quite a lot! You can rob a train, hold up a stage coach, hunt and skin animals, try your luck at catching a legendary fish, be a bounty hunter, get into drunken bar room brawls, get locked up, work for the sheriff and much more.

The details which have been integrated into the game are incredible – the world really does feel alive with a day and night cycle, dynamic weather including storms and rainbows (and even double rainbows), buildings under construction which progress over time, a system which sees the protagonist and also his horse gain or lose weight based on eating habits, an interwoven ecosystem with predators and prey which can both smell you depending on the wind direction and many, many more which I am still discovering. The horse’s balls even visibly shrink in the cold!

Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 really is like being the star and director of your own Western movie, and also reminded me of the Westworld series on TV. What would YOU do if you were a cowboy in the Wild West? Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you find out

Available now on XBOX One and Playstation 4, this is a game which you don’t want to miss. It would make a great Christmas present.

Sustainable Living Choices on the Fraser Coast

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Our adventure with permaculture started a few years ago when we first laid our eyes on the block of land which became our home and paradise. After lots of research and inspired by some of the food forests and permaculture pioneers like Masanobu Fukuoka and Bill Mollison we were ready for the new adventure.

As soon as we moved in, our first goal was a low maintenance garden and so we started to create our very first food forest.  A food forest is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production strategy incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and vegetables. Healthy and established food forest doesn’t require weeding or fertilizer. Growing food is a long-term investment in your own health with edible rewards and can be achieved even in the smallest place.

We are strong believers that healthy food comes from healthy ingredients. Food is a very important part of our life and we are what we eat. There are so many perennial vegetables which can be grown without special care or lots of knowledge. What can be better than going to the backyard and grab some fresh greens for the sandwich before work or for dinner?

Especially here on the Fraser Coast with our subtropical climate it is an easily achievable way to have more than enough food for your own family and the surplus can be shared or swapped locally.

There are already many food swap groups around Australia and in many other countries around the world so why not in Howard on the Fraser Coast? It is also a great way to meet like-minded locals, with sharing tips and tricks of how and what to grow. After setting up a Facebook group, sharing it around in the local social media and spreading the word, it didn’t take long till the first meet up was set up. We meet monthly in Howard which is just about 30 minutes drive from Hervey Bay and Maryborough. There is no restrictions of what you can swap as long as it comes from your garden, backyard or its home made like preserves, cakes or other home made goodies. Come along and join us even if you don’t have anything to swap yet. Everyone is welcome!

Join the local swap group at:
www.facebook.com/groups/gardenfoodswaphoward

Subscribe to Ewas and Sebs youtube channel or blog for info about growing food and more at:
www.youtube.com/c/FoodForestCookery or www.foodforestcookery.com

Ewa and Seb’s gardening background:
Both Ewa and Seb grew up helping grandparents and parents in the family garden. Ewa has a certificate in Food as Medicine from the Monash University. Ewa and Sebastian have a Certificate of Achievement in Permaculture Basics from the Regenerative Leadership Institute and they are both on the way to become Certified Permaculture Designers in the very near future.  They have created a blog and YouTube channel where they share their own life story of growing food, sharing recipes and inspiring people to grow healthy food and create sustainable lifestyle.