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20 Apr, 2015

The true sign of spring

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Misc. life

I’ve written about composting before but here I am again. I love it so much I just can’t stop. The idea that our old banana peels and coffee grounds makes this rich garden soil is so amazing (and so is the price tag: FREE). I use this compost to fill up all of our containers of […]

I’ve written about my love/hate of backyard gardening before. For the most part, I don’t love gardening. I love it in May and June, when the garden centres open. I love to see progress, and things growing. I love harvesting things from the garden, whether it’s compost or the fruits of our labour. And I love […]

02 Apr, 2013

Growing things part 2, the backyard

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Yesterday I posted a few photos of things that are sprouting around here at Casa Fishbowl. Today I’m thinking a bit beyond that. I’m thinking ahead to the garden. It wasn’t until after I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin that I realized that I didn’t like gardening and that I had been fooling myself […]

This is what my backyard sounds like right now

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