Why I stay away from Miracle-Gro – and so should you

Hello everyone! It's been a while since my last post: the work-life-garden balance got wrecked once again, and I had to take a break from blogging... First let me clarify something: I normally only use trademark names of products that I love and use myself, and  refrain from calling out the brands I dislike. This …

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Confessions of a Mason Bee Keeper

Hi there! As promised in my last post, here is a story behind the solitary bee house I now have on my balcony. I have been contemplating beekeeping for a while. I mean, the bees are great pollinators, they are in trouble (with the rest of our planet's insects), and you may get some honey …

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Carrots in bottles? Why not!

Hi everyone! Yes, you've read it right, I am trying to grow carrots in plastic bottles this year. I did not come up with the idea, though.  Horti Hugo invented this some time ago and also introduced the #carrotbottles hashtag on twitter. Now, everyone has their own reason for growing carrots in bottles, and here …

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Spring worm bin maintenance: they survived winter!

Hello everyone! A week ago I decided I am brave enough to remove all winter fortifications and open up the worm bin to see if any of the wigglers made it through the winter. I have been pessimistic, because I kept an eye on the temperature inside the bin, and there were a couple of …

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My favorite seed suppliers

Happy Spring everyone! I can't believe it's finally here! I'm a bit late to the seed-purchasing extravaganza this season, but just in case you are not finished shopping yet, I'd like to share with you where I buy my seeds and why. Disclaimer: I receive no profits or products from any of the companies mentioned …

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Starting plants with tender taproot indoors

We've all seen that note on the seed pack: "starting indoors not recommended". Oftentimes this is because the plants have tender taproots, which end up being damaged when transplanting. Seasoned gardeners (myself not included) manage to transplant those just fine - I guess, they have magic hands... The rest of us can just wait till …

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My keyhole garden bed

Sometime over the winter I've stumbled over a post describing the approach known as "keyhole gardens". You can find the details here, but in a nutshell, this is a practice of building self-sustainable garden beds (oftentimes circular) in small spaces. The sustainable part comes from a composting "tower" in the center of any keyhole garden. …

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My take on Bokashi composting

Chances are you've noticed by now that I'm very passionate about reducing food waste. I mean, come on, not only does organic matter sent to landfills emit copious amounts of methane (one of the greenhouse gasses), but it robs the agricultural sector of the cheapest (if not to say "free"), most effective and safe source …

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Wild West End: Creating a hospitable place for wildlife on rooftops above busy shopping district

I came upon this uplifting and inspiring piece in the Life and Soul Magazine and really want to share it: "London’s West End is a busy shopping metropolis where some of you may have ventured out to to do your Christmas shopping. But above the shop floors and high up on to the rooftops of …

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The anatomy of a K-cup: collecting coffee grounds at work

Happy 2019, fellow garden enthusiasts! I have started collecting coffee grounds at work, and there are a few reasons why. Reason one: coffee grounds are an excellent compost amendment (they are a major source of nitrogen, plus when you add enough, coffee grounds accelerate decomposition of organic matter and heat up your pile). You do …

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