Archive for December, 2013

Do you have any gardening resolutions for 2014?

Mine are to:

  • grow less food (to eat as much but to waste less)

  • install a water feature (probably a half barrel)

  • stake my herbaceous plants earlier

  • thoroughly mulch my fruit bushes with well rotted manure

  • actively manage my compost bins, and

  • try to inspire some children and young people to get into gardening.

Old School Gardener


What are your resolutions?

May the year 2014 greet you with days as fragrant as roses, as colorful as rainbow, as bright as sunshine and as happy and cheerful as a lark.


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PicPost: More Greens Dear?

Bravo S.BIAGGI/sculptural landscapes! Called “Future Feast,” this table is the designer’s symbol of hope, and is resting on local reclaimed redwood legs, using the technology of green roofs for its’ living surface:

Via Urban Gardens. Photo by Saxon Holt Photography.

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Square Foot Gardening

Get planning your veggy plot for 2014!

Here’s a handy guide to the numbers of food plants to grow per square foot. This is a useful technique for small food gardens or containers but can also be used in larger plots to ensure a mixture of veg in smaller quantities, so avoiding gluts.

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The Joy of Play


I love playing with our kids and watching them as they create new worlds, discover simple pleasures and push physical boundaries. In play, they are brightly shining lights, beacons of now inviting me to join them and momentarily let go of my adult sensibilities.

I’ve become more attuned to the intrinsic benefits, beauty and magic of play in the last few years. Our favourite venues are outdoors and it seems that for the kids every excursion and each new setting are opportunities to let loose. This is a visual year in review with our star players.

In 2014, our plan is to keep on playing and make the most of priceless moments. Wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us for the joy of play.

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Here’s a brilliant (if labour intensive) way to recycle old plastic bottles- as roofing material!

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PicPost: Hi Polar

Following the popularity of my previous collections of recycling project pics, here is another batch.

First, furniture….

Next childrens’ stuff…..

Now some other useful garden structures……

And finally a couple of mega projects to really inspire!

Most of these pictures come from the very useful site 1001 pallets, so thanks to them and their contributors!

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PicPost: Cool Website

PicPost: Snow man

Happy Christmas to all my blog followers!

PicPost: Rice weather we're having...

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Finding Nature

Nature Connectedness Research Blog by Prof. Miles Richardson

Norfolk Green Care Network

Connecting People with Nature

Discover WordPress

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

Susan Rushton

Celebrating gardens, photography and a creative life

Daniel Greenwood

Unlocking landscapes

Alphabet Ravine

Lydia Rae Bush Poetry


Australian Pub Project, Established 2013

Vanha Talo Suomi

a harrowing journey of home improvement & garden renovation

Bits & Tidbits


Rambling in the Garden

.....and nurturing my soul

The Interpretation Game

Cultural Heritage and the Digital Economy


Sense of place, purpose, rejuvenation and joy


Notes from the Gardeners...

Deep Green Permaculture

Connecting People to Nature, Empowering People to Live Sustainably


A girl and her garden :)



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