Pip’s Most-Read Articles in 2023

We reveal Pip’s 10 most popular and most-read articles for 2023.

Pip’s most-read articles for 2022 featured plenty of zero waste articles and this year is no different. Our Homemade Dishwasher Tablets Recipe made it to top spot, while our Reducing Plastic Mind Map and our recipe for Coconut Oil Lip Balm also made the top 10 list.

Vegie growers found our articles on How To Make a DIY Wicking Bed, 3 Ways To Get More Food From Your Patch and Overwintering Plants super useful. While the foodies among us enjoyed our Chickweed Pakoras Recipe, and our articles on How To Preserve Garlic and Why Healthy Soil Makes Healthy Humans.

Finally, our podcast episode with Jane Hilliard resonated with a lot of listeners, who found Jane’s insights into the importance of “enoughness” – whether applied to our homes or our lives – a powerful message.

The holiday break should give you plenty of time to catch up on the content you may have missed throughout the year so enjoy our wrap up of Pip’s most popular stories for 2023.

1. Homemade Dishwasher Tablets Recipe

Many dishwashing powders and liquids contain a whole host of chemicals that are both terrible for the environment and our own health. 

Most of these product are derived from petrochemicals and contain synthetic fragrances (even when advertised as “fragrance-free”). The chemicals in these products get into our waterways and damage aquatic life, and also release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into our homes, which can cause short-and long-term health effects. 

Our homemade dishwasher tablets will not only save you money, they’ll also save your health and the planet!

Full article here.

2. How To Make a DIY Wicking Bed: Video

how to build a diy wicking bed

As the name suggests, wicking beds draw moisture from beneath the soil using capillary action, and providing water to your plants from below rather than above has many benefits.

Not only does it save you time watering, but evaporation is reduced, the risk of fungal disease is lessened and the wicking action ensures the moisture is more evenly distributed throughout the soil.

We show you how to save time and reduce your water usage with an easy-to-build DIY wicking bed.

Full article here.

3. Why Healthy Soil Makes Healthy Humans

Why Healthy Soils Make Healthy Humans

We all know how important healthy gut flora is for human health, but did you know maintaining healthy gut flora is closely related to the health of our soils?

Just like our gut, the soil in our gardens needs a rich diversity of microbial life to be healthy. Therefore it makes far more nutritional sense that the food we eat should be grown in soil that is rich with microbial life.

Full article here.

4. How To Preserve Garlic

How to preserve garlic

With a relatively long growing season, you want to make sure you get the most out of your garlic harvest before your cloves begin to sprout, indicating it’s time to get them back in the ground. 

Garlic is rarely consumed fresh straight out of the ground. It’s harvested and hung in suitable conditions to cure in order to give it a longer shelf life and to get maximum use out of your homegrown harvest. 

We show you how to preserve garlic to get the most out of your garlic harvest.

Full article here.

5. Coconut Oil Lip Balm Recipe

zero waste lip balm

Making your own products is a handy skill to have if you’ve committed to a zero waste lifestyle as all of the ingredients can be sourced from bulk stores or comes in glass packaging. 

If you’re a complete novice when it comes to making homemade beauty products this easy coconut oil lip balm recipe (with just three ingredients!) will do the trick.

Full article here.

6. Pip Podcast #40: Jane Hilliard

As overconsumption continues to drive the climate crisis, one Tasmanian building designer Jane Hilliard is quietly trumpeting the idea that less is actually more.

Jane Hilliard is on a mission to claw back the overconsumption rampant in the building industry. Swimming against the metaphorical tide that promotes ever-expanding McMansion-style developments, Jane champions the concept of ‘enoughness’ in her professional life and in her everyday life, too. 

In Jane’s own words, enoughness is about “working out what you need to be happy and healthy, without taking more than your fair share.” And when our homes are created with this in mind, the positive impacts radiate. 

Full episode here.

7. 3 Ways To Get More Food From Your Patch

We show you three ways to grow more food from your vegie patch. 

Growing food is one of the most powerful things we can do. Not only can it have far reaching benefits into our communities and surrounding environments it can also improve our own health and wellbeing. 

Growing your own food reduces pollution by reducing food miles, when done well it can build our soil health and when shared it can build communities.

Growing your own food reduces the intake of chemicals, increases our nutrient intake and brings down our household food bills, thus reducing the cost of living.

We show you three ways to grow more food from your vegie patch. 

Full article here.

8. Reduce Plastic Use With This Mind Map

Reduce Plastic Use With This Mind Map

No one could deny that plastic as a material is an excellent product – it’s cheap, versatile and lightweight, and it’s certainly makes life easier in a lot of instances. 

The trouble is our excessive consumption of plastic over the past five decades has led to huge environmental issues. Plastic is polluting our oceans, killing our wildlife and even ends up on our plates in the form of microplastics.

If you’ve decided to try and cut down on your plastic use but are feeling overwhelmed about where to start, you might find this mind map useful.

Full article here.

9. Overwintering Plants

Overwintering Plants

If you can’t bear to pull out that productive chilli, eggplant, capsicum, tomatillo or even tomato plant that has produced well over summer, you can help a plant survive the cooler months by overwintering it and get a jump on the new season. 

We show you how to protect your top producing vegies by overwintering plants.

Full article here.

10. Chickweed Pakoras Recipe

Chickweed Pakoras Recipe

Winter can feel like a bleak, barren time in nature and many gardeners find slim pickings from the patch as we wait for our winter vegies to sweeten with the arrival of frosts. 

A simple solution to filling the nutrient gap is to turn to foraging. Rather than curse those weeds that crop up between pavers and in dormant vegie beds, why not eat the problem instead? 

Chickweed is as nutritious as it is common, and really versatile in the kitchen too. 

We bring you a recipe for chickweed pakoras.

Full article here.

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