We love green things. Doesn't mean we have awesome green thumbs, but we're always keen on digging holes, sewing seeds and hoping for the best. That's gardening...right?
There are a LOT of weeds at our new section and the bush needs plenty of tender coaxing to bring it back to life. But happily we've had a bunch of practice at brutalizing weeds and replanting natives. As part of the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Programme, we've pulled plenty of ginger and tried to generally look after the streams in our current neighbourhood with neighbours and friends. It's a great way to get to know people on your street or in your community, and its one of those quintessentially kiwi concepts of what goes around comes around. As part of that philosophy, we've started growing native seedlings (in a bath and assortments of pots) for the new section. Every time we pull something out, something else needs to go in its place or the weeds will just keep on coming, or that's our theory. So far so good. It takes relatively little effort to put a bunch of seeds and seedlings in a bath, but when they start flourishing, and the tuis and wood pigeons increase the decibel of their morning calling as their numbers increase, I'll be a happy lady.
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.