How The Garden Grinch Saved Your Christmas

It’s mid-December, Use Good Stuff fans, and that means there are only so many more sleeps until that big ol’ jolly fella squeezes his butt through your heat pump to drink your low fat soy milk and snack on your Mallowpuffs. While some of you clever so-and-so’s have shopped ahead of time online or caught … Continue reading How The Garden Grinch Saved Your Christmas

So Many Weeds, So Little Thyme

After a call out on my Facebook page this week it was brought to my attention that I haven’t really truly delved into how to deal with weeds in your garden. That’s outrageous. Is it too late now to say sorry? (Tragic Justin Bieber reference, but c’mon, it’s a banger). Also, shout out to my … Continue reading So Many Weeds, So Little Thyme

Preventing A Mid-Season Crisis

As a woman who has made it through many springs and summers in the garden, I can tell you from previous experience that the transition from season to season can be pretty tough. Emotionally, obviously. These are the moments where we must assess our past endeavours and look deep within souls and ask ourselves the … Continue reading Preventing A Mid-Season Crisis

“O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way”

Just so we are clear, I do not condone celebrating Christmas early. I was in a shop (I’m not naming it for consideration of it’s feelings) that was selling advent calendars with my friends Chris and Nathan the other day, and I nearly screamed and ripped my shirt open like the Incredible Hulk. If you … Continue reading “O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way”

Now’s Your Chance To Get Seedy! (And A Little Bit Fruity)

That’s right garden pals, for weeks I have told you not to bother looking at seeds because it was just too hard and you would probably stuff it up. But today, it all changes. *Bill Conti’s ‘Gonna Fly Now’ starts gently playing in the background*. You have pounded your herb garden into shape, you cracked and … Continue reading Now’s Your Chance To Get Seedy! (And A Little Bit Fruity)

When Life isn’t Giving You Lemons

The one plant present in my garden throughout my entire life and the plant that I get asked the most questions about just happen to be the same plant. Which you know, makes the decision to write an article about it really easy. Cheers guys. They are also one of the most versatile ingredients in … Continue reading When Life isn’t Giving You Lemons

guess who’s coming to dinner

Being a glamorous green thumb has its fair share of perks, but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes there are also bugs and birds. Not cute Disney ones - hungry and wily ones that can in an instant destroy weeks/months of hard work. It can really rip your undies. Last season, my strawberry patch … Continue reading guess who’s coming to dinner

Winter is Coming…

I have actually never watched Game of Thrones (I know, right), but when I was telling my friend Olly about my article he said it would be a good title. So thanks Olly, this goes out to you! Winter is not a season famous for its vegetable growing, but there are some vegetables that will … Continue reading Winter is Coming…

Introducing Emma Cusdin

Hey, I’m E-Cus, and up until I started writing for Use Good Stuff, gardening was my guilty pleasure. Growing up in the thriving metropolis that is Christchurch, we always had a veggie garden and home grown produce around thanks to the efforts of my outstanding parents Dennis and Denise. We always had our own strawberries, … Continue reading Introducing Emma Cusdin

Herb Your Enthusiasm

Starting to grow your own vegetables can be overwhelming, especially when you are starting from scratch and aren’t equipped with tools or disposable garden space. I think a great first endeavour for a new gardener, especially as we are coming in to some cooler weather, is a herb garden. Herbs are hardy, many can grow … Continue reading Herb Your Enthusiasm