Faster, Stronger, Larder

Hey garden pals. I don’t know about you, but these frosts and a growing schedule of out-of-garden things has meant that I haven’t done much in the last month. I have, however, checked out some gardens around Christchurch and want to remind you that frost cloth is such a good idea. Really, truly. Do also … Continue reading Faster, Stronger, Larder

Party With Uncle Herb

Hey Garden fans! Now that Use Good Stuff is a year old, I've been strolling down the memory lane that is this blog and reading how far we have come. What a journey it has been for you and for me. Our relationship has had some highs (New lemon trees and jam making in the … Continue reading Party With Uncle Herb

Use Good Stuff Turns 1!

It's our first birthday!  Hello everyone, Blick here! Needless to say, this is a very special day for us. A whole year has passed since we launched this blog, and what an incredible time we've had. As we've continued our Use Good Stuff journey, we've been learning and sharing as much as we can about … Continue reading Use Good Stuff Turns 1!

Home Is Where The Plant Is

Houseplants are actually incredibly controversial. In my experience, you either love them or hate them, there is no middle ground. Kind of like The Bachelor. I enjoy having plants inside, as long as they are useful to me personally and I don’t have too many. Too many divided around the house can get frustrating, especially … Continue reading Home Is Where The Plant Is

SHOW ME THE MONEY – An Insider’s Guide to Garden Savings

When I started gardening, I thought it would be a great way to save money. I thought for sure that by growing my own vegetables and fruit I was certainly cutting out the middle man and that that would be reflected in my bank balance immediately. Don’t get me wrong, growing your own is going … Continue reading SHOW ME THE MONEY – An Insider’s Guide to Garden Savings

Steal My Sunshine

Yo, it's your old mate E Cus coming in with the first garden post of 2016. Feels good to be back. Let's be honest though, this year has not started well. First we lose beloved David, then we lose magnificent Alan, then Sylvester Stallone- Ok he didn't die but he did get nominated for an … Continue reading Steal My Sunshine

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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”