An Optimistic Gardener

Confessions of a helicopter gardener

There’s a lot of talk about helicopter parenting. Apparently, modern kids lack resilience and self-motivation because of parents who micro-manage their lives and cushion them against failure. With my own kids, I reckon I’m pretty good. We’re all about embracing mistakes and failure. I routinely tell them boredom is a gift that leads to inspiration…

A tub of worms

One Mother’s Day a few years back, I received a worm farm from my husband. I think he was trying to be funny. You see, I’d been talking about getting one of those compact, layered plastic systems to keep our garden supplied with worm castings and worm juice. But somehow the message was twisted and…

Organisational lunacy

Not surprisingly for a person who likes to pack things in, the enormity of maintaining a large productive space can be quite overwhelming. Recently I filled in a survey on executive function – which examines the skills needed to plan, focus, recall instructions and juggle multiple tasks – and it was no great reveal to…