One of the things I love about running GrowEatGift is that there’s a lovely community of gardeners and sustainable living fans to connect with online. There is so much to learn about nature and gardening, and I’ve found social media and blogs a really useful source of information. Gardening Limited is one of these blogs. They kindly nominated GrowEatGift for a Liebster Award, and wrote a lovely review of the site.
Gardening Limited is written by ‘small space and small budget’ gardener, Ann, and is designed for gardeners who have limited space and budget: write what you know! As a gardener without a garden (aside from the community allotment) it’s a great blog for me.
Ann’s posts are long and information-rich, broken up with photographs to make it easily digestible. If you like lovely flower photos, you’ll love browsing through the flower guides. I’ve long loved living walls so this post particularly appealed to me.
Gardening fans will find lots to enjoy on Gardening Limited – and it’s written in an accessible way so it’s ideal for new gardeners too.
Growing Garden Blog Love
The Liebster Award is a fun idea, designed to help people find new blogs to read – and help new bloggers find an audience. Find out more here. It encourages people to review their favourite blog – which has to be Young Fermanagh Naturalist, run by the absurdly talented Dara McAnulty.
Despite his tender years, Dara writes with the wisdom of someone many years his senior, and uses his obvious passion for nature to attract people’s attention to wildlife campaigns. He also engages in regular citizen science projects and reports back on his findings.
His blog is inspirational, uplifting and beautifully written. It’s also illustrated with incredible photographs. There are occasional posts from other his brother, sister and parents – which have included videos and (wonderful) music too. Reading the blog, I can’t help but imagining the McAnulty’s as the new Durrells.
I’m eagerly awaiting the time when Dara feels ready to write a book. At 13, he’s been on Radio 4 and Springwatch, so he’s already a rising media star. I urge everyone to read his blog – and pay attention to what he says.
The Liebster Award also encourages people to share random facts about themselves. I prefer to focus on nature than myself – there’s so much to be inspired by. However, in the spirit of the award, here are a few things you may not know:
- I helped arrange Brighton Science Festival for several years and have ambitions to evolve STEM education into STAMEN education by adding art and nature.
- I have a degree in Social Psychology and English. The only other person I’ve encountered with this combination is fictional: Sharon Stones’s character in Basic Instinct.
- I love aromatherapy oils, and also love researching the science behind herbal remedies to satisfy my inner-sceptic.
- I am researching May Morris, daughter of William Morris, for a novel I am working on. She is utterly fascinating and I’m beginning to wish I could have met her.
- My grandfather was a member of the Alpine Society and taught me about gardening, getting me to collect seed pods and help with dead-heading as a child.
- Grandad was also a keen Co-op Member, and first got me thinking about sustainable living as a child. He was an excellent craftsman across many fields, and inspired my love of the Arts and Crafts movement (as did my mum, who’s a talented artist.)
- I know a fair bit about damp proofing after writing a lot of copy for a damp proofing company.
- I also know a fair bit about mass catering, having worked in a lot of kitchens in my student years.
- I created a free festival in 1996 that is still going to this day.
- I once did a stand up comedy course that culminated with a performance on stage. I got offered a paid gig afterwards but declined so I could ‘go out on a high’.
Sharing the Joy
The Liebster Award also asks people to share some new blogs they think others will enjoy. Check out these sites (I’ve used their own words to describe their sites):
If you’re looking for sustainable living, gardening and nature inspiration, you can easily lose an afternoon in the above blogs. Happy reading!