Kick-start your veggie garden with Simply Green digital magazine



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The much-loved Simply Green digital magazine has been relaunched with its first edition – which looks at food gardening – going live Friday.

Editor Vivian Warby says she and her team are excited to bring the eco-conscious magazine back at a time when there is a growing number of people becoming more aware of the importance of living a sustainable life.

The team chose “growing your own food” as the theme for the first edition because “the appetite for urban food gardening has outlasted lockdown level 5 and today there are avid urban gardeners eating from their bounty planted in hard lockdown and new gardeners planting for the future”.

“We, at Simply Green, are thrilled about this positive sustainable element – an offshoot of the pandemic and we wanted to offer a simple guide to those wanting to start out on the journey,” says Warby.

“I hope you will find the magazine inspirational and empowering, as we start this journey together to make this a better, kinder and more sustainable world.”

In this edition – launched to coincide with the country’s celebration of Garden Day on Sunday – you will learn the basics of growing your own veggies in your backyard or on your balcony with topics ranging from composting to raised beds to vermiculture and permaculture to what to plant now.

“We have also included some delicious recipes to show you how simple it is to go from garden to plate.”

The magazine features The African Cookbook author Portia Mbau and her daughter Lumai de Smidt of the famous Instagram account @food.of.africa – on their garden-to-plate journey; and also delicious garden-to-plate recipes from well-known author/chef Sophia Lindop – author of the Lebanese cookbook Going Home. Amateur gardener Lieneke Dennis also takes us through a personal account of her entire lockdown kitchen garden journey from start to finish.

Elaborating on the Simply Green magazine Warby says it is a digital magazine, with a newsletter, a Simply Green members club and Facebook and Instagram accounts.

“It is aimed at the eco-conscious and green-minded consumer and industry as well as those wanting to live more sustainably and kindly on the planet and looking for ways to do this.”

Read the Simply Green magazine here.

Going forward, readers can expect the magazine to delve into topics such as green living; green homes; eco-friendly clothing; solar and wind energy; hemp and cannabis’ s future; living off the grid; dealing with water scarcity and climate change, among others. They also call on readers and eco-warriors to join them on the journey.

“We are really wanting to form partnerships and affiliations with our fellow eco-warriors and those leading the way in creating a sustainable planet.”

Please contact [email protected] or Features Editor [email protected] to see how we can work together.

“We hope to cover important discussions with industry leaders in bumper issues and we hope to show you how to live

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10 Farmhouse Fall Decor Ideas That Are Simply Perfect for Autumn

Farmhouse decor suits any season—vintage tables for farm-to-dinner summer meals, Christmas trees outfitted in plaid ribbon, springtime daffodils placed in an antique vase. But fall is especially suited for the rustic accents, flea market finds, and snuggly textures associated with the style.

A trip to the antique store might be in order in order to fully achieve the look of farmhouse fall decor. You’ll need chippy, rusted pieces that you can DIY into wall art and tabletop centerpieces. Galvanized metal buckets make for interesting outdoor planters, while a few plaid blankets easily update your bedroom and living room.

Even if you don’t live in a farmhouse, you can still accomplish a collected look with farmhouse fall decor that will keep you cozy all the way into the holiday season. Just be sure to light some candles and bake something that smells delicious for the full effect.

Showcase Galvanized Planters

Galvanized metal goes hand in hand with vintage decor, whether you’re going for a farmhouse look or an industrial aesthetic. And they look especially good when used to decorate for fall outdoors. Use galvanized metal buckets ($15, Michaels) as planters and fill them with seasonal plantings, like mums or pansies.

Incorporate Warm Hues

Farmhouse interiors are typically awash in shades of white. For juxtaposition, weave in furniture in warm wood finishes for a cozy fall vibe that works all year long. Think warm cherry and oak pieces, like this dining table and chairs. Top it with fall greenery and a leafy wreath.

Hang a Fall Wreath

Whether you track them down at a store or make them yourself, dried fall flowers seamlessly come together for a stunning autumn wreath. Emphasize the shades of the season, like orange, brown, white, and light green, and drop in some feathers as a further nod to the outdoors. Hang it on your door or someplace unexpected, like a shelf brimming with blankets and pillows.

Craft DIY Fall Decor

A simple fall banner looks perfectly farmhouse when paired with an antique blackboard. Make your own by stringing storebought or hand-cut letters along twine. Set above a credenza or buffet, it punctuates a fall culinary spread outfitted with cheese and seasonal fruits. And don’t forget a few branches of fall leaves artfully presented in a vase.

Decorate Your Porch or Patio

When the air is cool and crisp, it’s the perfect time to dine outside. Provide country charm to your al fresco tablescape by adding plenty of fall touches. These can include branches with vibrant fall leaves, white pumpkins, a plaid blanket ($20, Walmart) that doubles as a tablecloth, and casual white plates. Planters overflowing with mums and an antique table are must-haves, too.

Display Seasonal Florals

Fresh-from-the-farm touches are pretty much required in a room with farmhouse fall decor. These gourds-turned-planters certainly fit the bill and spotlight beautiful blooms atop a metal cake stand. Instantly bring fall style to your kitchen counter with a display of mums, zinnias, or dahlias.

Add Farmhouse Flair to Your

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