Mike the Gardener

I have written before about one of my favorite gardening shows to listen to, always hoping to find another to add to my list.  While searching Stitcher for gardening podcasts one day a couple of months ago, I discovered a fellow NJ gardener, Mike the Gardener.  Mike Podlesny primarily focuses on vegetable gardening, complete with a…

Happy New Year, again!

It was quite a year.  I recently started entertaining the idea of becoming more active with Positively Grounded again, after a crushing year of abundant work, fruitless exam studying, and a move (and, all the normal life stuff that happens along the way).  I have let quite a few things that are important to me…

Happy New Year!

In case you are wondering why the blogs posts have been few and far between, I have put Positively Grounded into semi-hibernation while I allow all of my “free” time to be consumed by studying for my architectural licensing exams.  Pursuit of my license was not originally part of my career plan when I graduated…

Define: Resilient Design

What is resiliency? Vocabulary.com defines it as “a quality in objects to hold or recover their shape, or in people to stay intact. This is a kind of strength.” According to Merriam-Webster, being resilient means that someone is able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens. Likewise, resilient design is the design…

Let’s Live.

I began writing this about a month ago, but a heavy work load led to zero time for completion of my post.  I realize that what I started is even more relevant now than it was then. Here is what I started (with incomplete thoughts included, which I hope gives you better context): I typically write…

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

Sometime in the last decade or so, I discovered how easy it is to grow plants from seed, especially vegetables.  My husband often jokes with me about how many different vegetables I try to grow each year.  I don’t even know how to narrow it down to just one or two types.  I have this…

Upcycling – Garden Markers

Upcycling is a term used to describe reusing a material or object which produces something with higher value than the original.  Any quick search on Pinterest will bring you to an abundance of items made from repurposed or upcycled materials.  Of those, garden markers (a.k.a. plant markers) seem one of the most practical. If you have…