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Coral Bleaching

It’s happening, and it’s worse than a bleached…You know. But what exactly is it? What causes it? And why should we care? Coral and algae live a harmonious life together, like butter and bread. But when exposed to pollutants or extended periods of warmer (or cooler) ocean temperatures, the relationship can become toxic. More specifically, … Continue reading Coral Bleaching

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

How Do We Power Our People?

We have a problem; a huge, gargantuan problem. It would be easy to paint this problem as insurmountable, but we must not do that. Last month, as a continuation of the climate change mitigation theme I have been considering of late, I started to research and write about the potential for nuclear energy to be … Continue reading How Do We Power Our People?

Food For Thought

So E-Cus, now that I have read your articles, done some of my own work and created the most kick ass veggie patch in my street, what am I meant to do with all the produce?- I know you are wondering this because I got asked it in real life (thanks, Naomi). With a patch … Continue reading Food For Thought

June Jumbles

Kia ora all! Hope you are all doing well and staying warm and cosy. It certainly has been raining a lot… Good for the garden but not so good for my mood! There are a few things going on in my world at the moment so it’s going to be a bitsy post I’m afraid … Continue reading June Jumbles

Junk Free June!

We talk a lot about junk on this blog. Mostly, we're discussing possessions and meaningless commodities - "stuff" that we accumulate that we really don't need. Y'know what else you don't need though? Junk FOOD! This year, Use Good Stuff is getting behind Junk Free June, a campaign all about giving up junk food while … Continue reading Junk Free June!

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