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Welcome to Green in Real Life, where we share our urban garden adventures along with a sprinkle of everyday greener living: enjoying nature, growing more, wasting less, and having fun along the way! If you love spending time in the garden (or dreaming about future garden plans), you’ve come to the right place. You’ll also find creative projects, DIYs, and crafts here on the blog. Delicious recipes as well, often featuring ingredients fresh from our garden. Let’s grow or create something wonderful together.

Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to my virtual garden.  We’ve moved a lot over the years, so gardens have changed here on the blog. At present, we’re located on a newly established suburban block in beautiful New Zealand, busy working to create a garden that bridges the goals of being both beautiful and productive. 

I’ve been gardening for as long as I can remember. My parents were (and still are) keen gardeners. When we were young, my siblings and I spent a lot of time enjoying the garden and great outdoors. I started growing my own little garden when I moved into my first home after college. It was an itty bitty rental with a mostly paved yard, but containers let me grow. I’ve nurtured many different gardens since, from apartment balconies to big suburban blocks, across several countries and continents. 

There’s been a lot of learning along the way. Some great successes, but also some sad brown-thumbed fatalities. Like many gardeners, I’ve learned much through trial and error over the years, as well as seminars, training, and plenty of reference books, websites, and magazines. I’m still learning all the time, especially moving between different regions, countries, climates, and growing environments.

I love puttering about in the garden, enjoying nature, and (of course!) taking photos along the way. My love of photography was the seed that started this blog. Sharing those images, along with our experiences in the garden and our everyday journey, is how Green in Green in Real Life first began many years ago. In addition to photography, you’ll see some of my other creative pursuits and projects here on the blog, including DIY and craft ideas.

Thanks for stopping by to visit the blog. I hope you enjoy exploring my virtual garden and our other shares here at Green in Real Life. I would love for you to follow along here or on our social media.

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Exploring the Blog

Categories, tags, feature post galleries, recent posts, popular posts, and navigation menus are ready and waiting to help you explore the blog.  Within individual posts, there are category navigation links at the post header and tag navigation links at the post footer. There is also a related posts feature on the footer that will suggest other content that you might enjoy based on the article you’re currently reading.  If you’re looking for something in particular, you can search the blog from our header or sidebar (footer on mobile devices).  

Collaborating with Green in Real Life

Want to work with Green in Real Life as a special contributor, sponsor, or affiliate? If you enjoy what you see here on Green in Real Life and think that we might be a good fit for your target readers or customers, let’s collaborate to grow or create something wonderful together. See our Work with Us page for additional information on collaborations and guest features. 

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Can I include your post in a round-up?

Absolutely!  You are welcome to share our links, link to our content, pin our posts, etc. See our Copyright Policy for full details. Blogging is all about connecting and sharing. It’s great when you invite your friends and followers to read things here on the blog.  

Do you accept guest posts?
We don’t actively seek outside content, but we do occasionally accept guest posts.  These are limited to interesting original content from knowledgeable sources that suit our niche content and audience. Additional information is available on our Work with Us page.

Who designed your blog and graphics?
Things are always evolving bit-by-bit. Some design elements elements and graphics are mine and some are resources from elsewhere, both free and paid. See our Resources and Tools for more info. 
Do you take your own photographs for the blog?

I do indeed. My camera equipment and software has evolved over the years, but, at present, my go-to is my Canon 5D, and I use Adobe Photoshop for any edits and Picasa for making quick colleges.  Within Photoshop, I do most of my editing manually, but I also like my Topaz tools (referral link) and have a number of actions both bought and self-recorded to streamline my workflow. You can read more in the photography section of our Resources and Tools.

Can I use one of your photos?
Only if you are using it in direct relation to sharing our content, unless you have requested and received permission for a special purpose. See our Copyright Policy for full details. If you have a special request, please send me an email.  I’m flexible and PR friendly

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