Terrariums – how to have a garden when you can’t have a garden

I love terrariums. In creating these tiny worlds, the possibilities are endless. Well, except for the possibility of creating a giant world. That’s part of the allure of these little beauties, I think — the ability to maintain a ‘whole’ garden at a darling scale. If managing a house full of indoor plants still proves too much, there’s always the magic and charm of the terrarium garden. Continue reading

How to build a backyard hothouse

Necessity is the mother of invention, so it’s said, and the necessity for a hothouse when you’re a mad-keen gardener is fundamental. The flexibility they give you with sprouting your own seedlings, extending your growing seasons, striking cuttings and protecting frost tender plants is invaluable. For years I’d made do with plastic document storage boxes, the kind you can pick up for a few dollars at your local el-cheapo store. Continue reading

Of fractals and rice fields

Some stunning new science detailing exactly how Balinese rice growers achieve close to maximal harvest yields has been published, and the results may surprise you; it’s all down to naturally occurring fractals on the paddy fields. Continue reading

Designing a garden to inspire dreams

There are a lot of formal gardens in France, especially at chateaux, and in the last three months I’ve seen a lot of them! So the prospect of visiting a contemporary garden in an historic town in Perigord Noir captured my imagination. Les Jardins de l’Imaginaire, in the very pretty if ‘business-like’ town of Terrasson, Continue reading