Designing and Building a Tiny House, and Everything In Between. 

Ribbons, Sails 

& Dandelion Fluff

May 2020 –

Building a Shelter

Steel Frames & Cladding

Apr 20 – Jul 19

Doors & Windows

The Beginnings of a ‘Tiny’ Project

Apr 19 – Aug 17

Succulents & Raspberries;

A First Foray into Gardening.

Oct 17 – Apr 15

I started planting my veggie patch in early September, the beginning of Spring. With two raised garden beds, divided in half each, I had four veggie patches to fill. This was my P.O.A (Plan of Attack.)

~ Companion plant Beetroot and Spring Onions
~ Split one of the four beds to allow for a bean trellis
~ Plant a bed of greens in the remaining space
~ Companion plant Radishes and Carrots in another
~ Leave one patch bare to allow for seasonal crop rotation
~ Hang 8 hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes
~ Plant cucumbers in a nearby planter box
~ Plant 2 containers of potatoes

The varieties I chose are listed below, they were all grown from seed:
~ Bull’s Blood Beetroots (directly planted)
~ White Lisbon Spring Onions (directly planted)
~ Painted Lady Heirloom Beans (directly planted)
~ Little Finger Carrots (directly planted)
~ Oriental Radishes (directly planted)
~ Lebanese Cucumber (directly planted)
~ Choy Sum, Pak Choy and Chinese Broccoli (directly planted)
~ Tommy Toe Tomatoes (seed trays, then transferred)
(Unfortunately I can’t remember what variety of Potatoes I grew! This is precisely why I need to remember/be bothered to label my plants!)

The seeds took a while to get going, but as of now, they are well on their way- with the exception of the Chinese Broccoli. I have my suspicions the ‘Best Before 2013’ may have had something to do with this failure. The Tommy Toe tomatoes took a very long time to get going and only 6 of the 24 seeds sprouted, a second planting saw a much higher success rate.

veggie1Throughout this planning I constantly referred to the excellent book ‘The Little Veggie Patch- How to grow food in small spaces’ by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember. As a beginner, I really recommend this book, it is well laid out, has enough detail to answer nearly all of my questions, is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Disclaimer: My understanding of Bonsai techniques is limited, I have never attended a class or ever really talked to anyone who practices the art, if you have any advice to share you are most welcome!

In my readings I had read, a number of times, that you should have a clear vision of how you wish your Bonsai to look before you start. This makes perfect sense. So I did a few rough sketches and played around with some ideas- however, I soon realised I didn’t really have much of an understanding of how trees grow. I had never really taken notice. Does the trunk thicken first? How many branches will sprout from the limbs? When and will the small branches turn brown? Does the tree grow in height all over? Or does the trunk grow first and everything else follows? (Now that I think about it, I still have no real understanding of tree growth at all!)

Yet I was armed with borrowed copies of David Joyce’s ‘The Art of Natural Bonsai’ and Jon Ardle’s ‘Bonsai’ book so I figured I would simply try to follow the guidelines and see what happened. The results you can view for yourself.

From my inexperienced gaze I think the initial styling somewhat looks the part. Although I am certain that it is clear that I lost my nerve at the last hurdle, ridiculously leaving that single, sad branch on the left. I’m pretty sure I should have got rid of it, (I still haven’t,) but it was beginning to feel all so bare. I have no doubt it will have to go soon. What’s more I have been asking myself if there are still too many limbs? Again, any opinion in this matter would be very helpful!

Nonetheless I had actually made a start to my Bonsai dream.
Note- I am yet to repot the tree as I am allowing it time to recover. #practising patience. I did however, make an attempt at wiring. I feel this will need a revisit soon.




Considering that it has been a over a month since I commenced my garden adventures I feel a bit of back tracking is in order.

My fascination with Bonsai began after watching the incredibly beautiful, and clearly, inspiring video ‘American Shokunin’ on Vimeo. It breathed tranquility, passion and respect for nature- hence for the following week I dreamed of becoming a Bonsai Master.

However, this is reality after all, and as much a Bonsai interested me I never thought I would actually acquire a Bonsai, let alone practice the ancient art.  It seemed awfully intimidating with its tradition and grace, and I wasn’t exactly the most patient individual, so I put the dream aside and resumed my usual life- a life involving very little garden interaction. Time continued.

A little while along the track I fell in love with the idea of self-sufficiency- I had always enjoyed cooking and had recently jumped on the sustainability band wagon, what’s more my father had suggested that I take over his vegetable patch. This, I must mention, came as rather a surprise, I hardly had the best track record, and any freak successes were strongly shadowed by neglect and death. However I had been beginning to actually choose to spend my time outdoors, so growing my own produce didn’t seem too unappealing.

My 22nd birthday arrived and I received… another art magazine, (alas amongst other items, my relations are very generous.) Yet being the horribly ungrateful daughter I am, I asked if I could exchange it. This is when the magazine ‘The Plant’ entered my life and within its delightful pages I discovered  an article fittingly titled ‘The Path of a Bonsai Master.’ I concluded this was a sign, took a leap of self-faith and decided to take up Bonsai as a hobby. I admit it took a while to actually go out and buy a starter tree- I was freaking out that I would inevitably kill it, but early September saw me rock up at Bonsai Farm and after a good hour or two finally decide on my first tree. Juniperus Pingii. 

The garden is a place, that until recently, remained rather elusive to me. I was an ‘indoors’ person, with interests in fashion, drawing, cooking, reading and computers. The outdoor world consisted of warm weather and annual BBQ’s. However after working in retail for an extended period my interests began to shift and now, over a short but significant time, I find myself with a blooming veggie patch, a generous collection of succulents and a bonsai. My babies.
This may be a slight exaggeration, yet there once was a time where I had free time to Keep up with the Kardashians (…not that I ever did,) and afternoons were not spent watering, feeding, pruning, potting, repotting, thinning, bird proofing and executing pest control. I have even begun making my own pots, because why not dive into the deep end?

Nonetheless I will be the first to admit, my ‘garden’ knowledge is limited- I have picked up a few books and tune into Gardening Australia weekly, but I am very much learning as I go. So that’s why I am here, to hopefully engage with those who do have-a-clue about what they are doing, but also suss out other spring chickens who too, have only recently discovered the delights of nature.