Hi I am Nicki and I grow food.

Whilst I try to create content that is as broad as possible, these 3 facts about us really tell you what to expect from this blog.


I am Mum to two kids under 3


We live in sunny Brisbane, Australia


We recently just purchased a renovators delight with an average size backyard (but we've been long time renters so we get it)

Nicki - Love of Dirt

Gardening for the time poor

Firstly, between my freelance work, two kids under 3 at home, I am extremely time poor... yes I know, aren't we all? I don't get a lot of time to get out in the garden so what we create in the garden needs to be low maintenance.

Low budget food gardens

This also means, for now, we are basically on a single income so budgets are tight. We work within a pretty strict budget and utilise things we have. Growing our own food also saves us money, you can find our savings here.

Tips for Sub-tropical gardeners

Living in Brisbane Australia means we are in a subtropical environment in the Southern hemisphere. It's humid and hot in summer, and winter is a delight. That's why you'll see me growing tomatoes in winter instead of summer, and complaining about nothing growing in summer. Subtropical food gardens can be hard work, we get a lot of bugs and diseases most other growers have never seen. Most advice you'll find on the internet is not relevant to us. So I grow plants that are easy to grow in my climate zone and I encourage you to do the same. It's better for your mental health, trust me 😉

Small space gardening

In an urban environment we use a lot of temporary/small space options for our garden, we do this more due to habit as long term renters in case we had to move. This means loads of pots, containers, raised garden beds and the aquaponics. We aim to grow our produce in things we can move and relocate without losing all our hard work of getting the soil just right.

So to sum up this blog is about growing food on a budget, with limited time and space in a subtropical location.

My goal is to share my journey of growing food for our family, and inspire you to do the same.

Whether you're new at growing your own or just need a bit of inspiration to get into it a bit more I hope I can inspire you to do so.

What to plant this month?

Grab my free printable list of fruits and veggies to plant this month plus you'll get weekly reminders & loads of tips and tricks for the subtropical veggie patch.

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