I saw this on Boing Boing awhile back and it stuck with me. It stems from an experience I had while I stayed in Sligo for two weeks. My roomie and I opted for a guest house arrangement with a very wonderful woman who had a garden instead of a lawn, something that seemed to be fairly common in Sligo. It’s funny in a way, because it would be absurdly easy to keep the grass green in Ireland. I’m all for killing my future lawn and replacing it with rocks, perennials, herbs and veggies but the idea is a bit intimidating. There is so much to know about gardening and there’s a lot of upkeep. I suppose a small, urban plot wouldn’t be as daunting. It’s certainly worthwhile though. For one, I’d probably expend less water trying to maintain a garden (especially one comprised of chiefly native plants) instead of perfect green grass. Being able to pick fresh herbs and vegetables needed for a meal is certainly nice too. I probably have too much free time, which I end up wasting on other frivolous and less enriching activities. With food cost climbing, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea, especially since I love playing in the dirt anyway.
I thought I’d post this as an FYI, since the few people who read here seem to share my fondness for neat things (I’m experiencing deja vu, so I’m sure I’ve at least mentioned this before but I’ve probably not expounded on its usefulness). Once a week, I get a feed dump from the Librarians’ Internet Index, a website about useful websites. Diverse topics cover a little of everything: film, parks and recreation, travel, collecting, credit and tax tips, government, green living, astronomy, ecology, animals, to name a few. Sites I found intriguing in this week’s feed include a website for a weekly philosophy radio program, a site that calculates the ‘walkability’ factor for any U.S. address (i.e., ease of living without a car), a website on how to freeze specific foods, and “A big list of sites that teach you how to do stuff.” Nifty, eh?
Do you know what else is nifty? Neil Gaiman is working on a project with Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame). Sweet.
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