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10 expert tips for green living

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As part of Brisbane's upcoming Regional Flavours food and lifestyle event, these two pros each share their top five tips for chemical-free buying and organic gardening.

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Jessica Ainscough is a writer, blogger and holistic health coach, with a new book out called 'Make peace with your plate'.

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Nicola Chatham is a Permaculture designer, organic gardening teacher, contemporary artist and creator of an online organic gardening course ‘The Abun­dant Veg­gie Patch Sys­tem’.

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Buying chemical-free

Jessica Ainscough is a writer, blogger and holistic health coach, with a new book out called 'Make peace with your plate'. She shares her top five tips for buying chemical-free over the counter with G:

Tip 1. Buy foods and products that are certified organic. This is really the only way that you can be sure that what you are buying is truly chemical free.
Tip 2. Read ingredients labels. Make sure that what you are buying doesn't contain chemicals in the ingredients list. Look for words that look like they belong in a science textbook, or words with numbers beside them - this is usually a sign that the ingredient is synthetic.
Tip 3. Eat wholefoods as much as possible. Processed, packaged foods usually contain chemicals. Wholefoods - foods that are in their natural state - do not.
Tip 4. Always buy all-natural and certified organic beauty products.
Tip 5. Always use all-natural and certified organic cleaning products. A bit of white vinegar and some bicarb soda goes a long way!

Organic gardening

Nicola Chatham is a Permaculture designer, organic gardening teacher, contemporary artist and creator of an online organic gardening course ‘The Abun­dant Veg­gie Patch Sys­tem’. Here, she shares five tips for no-dig gardening and organic fertilisers:

Tip 1. Great soil is the basis of a thriving organic veggie patch and the best way to ensure you have great soil is to make your own!
Tip 2. The best way to make your own soil is with a 'no-dig' gardening method where you layer organic matter such as hay, manure and even weeds.
Tip 3. Make sure you include rock minerals in your no-dig garden, so the food you grow has the minerals your body needs.
Tip 4. You can make your own liquid fertiliser... for free! There's one example in the next tip.
Tip 5. Simply soak about 5-10 large handfuls of weeds in a bucket of water for two weeks. Dilute it until it looks the colour of black tea and pour it on your plants.

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Ainscough and Chatham will both speak at the Regional Flavours food & lifestyle event at Little Stanley Street in Southbank in Brisbane on 21 & 22 July.