Getting this one out a little late today. I generally try to get posts done the night before and scheduled to go up in the middle of the night, but I was up for a while last night putting up the third installment of the greywater series.
Just in time for lunch, a few tasty morsels:
In my ongoing (and generally successful) quest to distract myself from the things I really need to get done, I read most of what comes out of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia’s blog. Over the past year or so, I’ve been enthused by the intermittent updates from a renter permaculturist (I need a single word for that: renterculturist? permarenter? arrgh!) in Australia working on a little thing she’s calling Project Thoreau. The updates, which include birds-eye-view photos of a tiny back patio and yard, show her progress over the last 2+ years of experimentation, and offer an inspiring model for what can be done in minimal space.
Fern at Life on the Balcony penned a great post (Hot Plants for Gardening Hipsters) about highly aesthetic vegetable varieties for beautiful container gardens (like the radioactively-glowing carrots pictured left).
Further evidence that functional and high-style aren’t mutually exclusive!
If you live in a region where it’s still going to be winter for a while, and you still haven’t gotten around to winterizing (guilty!), here’s a great little tutorial to get you off of your butt. Shrink-wrapping windows is easy, but there are little tricks that make it go more smoothly, and result in an outcome that you won’t hate staring at for a few months.