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…

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…

Right-Sizing

Right-sizing is a philosophy that I have been advocating for almost 20 years. I was introduced to the idea of not so big by Sarah Susanka‘s Not So Big House.  I devoured that book.  The concepts Sarah introduced spoke to me on so many levels (you can imagine how happy I was not just for…

The Mike Nowak Show

A few years ago, I moved back to NJ after living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for five years.  While I was living in Chicagoland, I happened upon a garden show on the radio one Sunday morning on the way to work at my part-time job.  A garden show!  I felt like a nerd,…

Nature Rx

This video is too good not to share.  It is truly funny and makes a good point.  I can’t wait to see the next in the series! “Nowadays everything has a brand and marketing campaign. What about nature?” — Justin Bogardus, writer/director of Nature Rx Update:  Here is the Nature Rx Part 2 video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ8H4EK2vt4…