2016 Garden

I spent a lovey morning in the garden (aka balcony) sorting out my plants. everything is growing very well so far this year, including the tomatoes (below). The new addition this year is squash. I have not grown squash before and am trying some dwarf plants meant for containers. They have grown very strongly, very quickly and are… Continue reading 2016 Garden

Spring Planting

Now that spring has sprung, my plants are starting to thrive. This year I’m planting three types of tomatoes: 3 standard size plants in a grow-bag, some miniature/dwarf plants which produce cherry tomatoes and a couple of hanging tomato plants. Underneath the miniature plants I have planted some spreading basil. This is my new variety… Continue reading Spring Planting

Ecobuild 2013

I spent an enjoyable day at Ecobuild today. It is always interesting and I go every year. Every year is slightly different. Impressions are that green infrastructure is growing! The number of stands selling and informing about greenroofs and green walls has grown from last year. This also seems to be reflected in the seminars… Continue reading Ecobuild 2013

Roof Garden in London

I visited the roof garden at the Brunei Gallery building recently. The gallery is attached to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). See last blog post. Probably not the best time of year to visit the garden, it was interesting nevertheless. Way above the London streets it was quiet and empty.  It was

Eco-friendly San Francisco

As a tourist in San Francisco, I decided to see what I could see in terms of sustainability as I was walking around, just doing the touristy things. I did not look specifically for anything but noted it if I found it. Here are some interesting finds: Shops don’t give you plastic bags – and… Continue reading Eco-friendly San Francisco

Green roof for a giant

I have been watching the development of the visitor’s centre at the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim Coast, near my home town of Ballycastle for the past year or more and now it is completed. I visited recently, just after it opened. It’s sustainability credentials are impressive. The building has already been credited as… Continue reading Green roof for a giant

Green roofs, gold and silk

The Materials, Society and Design group in the anthropology department at UCL held a panel presentation session at the recent Royal Anthropological Institute yearly conference at the weekend. I am not part of that group, but submitted an abstract and was accepted, so joined them for the afternoon at the British Museum. UCL is developing… Continue reading Green roofs, gold and silk