All posts tagged: sustainable

For the snail haters

It’s a known fact: the snails are slowly but firmly taking over our gardens. Especially here in Finland there are huge problems with copse snails (Arianta arbustorum) and Spanish slugs (Arion vulgaris). They eat the plants that you have taken care of for a long time and don’t leave you anything. One of the most asked questions in my work is “What should I do with the snails?”. I thought I should share a few tricks here in my blog, too. Because in the recent months I’ve been studying this subject a bit just to give the customers more specific answers to their problem. First of all, I have to say that there are many different products on the market at the moment that promise to banish the snails from your garden. There’s also some old school tricks that some people swear upon. Some of them work, some of them don’t and I’m not going to go into details. The actions I recommend doing might work in your garden or then not. Because every garden, every …

Loving: Grown and Gathered

I have to share this love of mine: Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered, two farmers and gardeners who live my dream in Australia. Their website/blog is amazing and I’ve been following them mostly on Instagram, dreaming about more simple, more natural life. But this world needs more people like these two. They produce ecological, sustainable seasonal and traditional food, they live simply and slowly, they trade their knowledge and products. And the designer in me loves how they have created a new and modern way to brand a traditional thing, making beautiful posters, visualities and website for them. Now I want to more to Australia and have my own little farm (and for you who now are thinking that why can’t I do that in Finland, let’s just say: the climate.) Mun on pakko jakaa ihastukseni: Matt ja Lentil, jotka muodostavat Grown and Gatheredin. Kaksi australialaista puutarhuria ja maanviljelijää, jotka elävät yhtä unelmaani. Heidän nettisivunsa/ja bloginsa on ihan mahtava ja enimmäkseen olen seurannut heitä Instagramissa parin vuoden ajan, unelmoiden yksinkertaisemmasta, luonnollisemmasta elämästä. Tämä maailma nimittäin tarvitsee enemmän Mattin …

designers on holiday

Designers on holiday

How cool is this idea hosted by London creative studio Featuring Featuring: they brought together 18 designers from different fields and let them create their dream camp site in the island of Gotland, Sweden. For two weeks the Designers On Holiday camped and collaborated, building shelters, a sauna, a bath, a distillery (!), wood oven and other wonderful stuff. I love the simplicity of their designs and, of course, their use of natural materials. And distillery, wow!!! If it would be possible in any way, I would love to get all my designer friends together for something like this. How awesome and fun would it be!!!   Kuin siisti on tämä lontoolaisen luovan studion (jonka nimi on Featuring Featuring) idea: he lähettivät 18 eri alojen suunnittelijaa luomaan unelmiensa kesäleiriä Gotlannin saarelle, Ruotsiin. Kahden viikon ajan Designers On Holiday -projektilaiset majailivat saarella ja suunnittelivat ja rakensivat yhteistyössä mm. telttoja, saunan, kylvyn, tislaamon (!), puu-uunin ja kaikkea muuta mahtavaa. Miä tietenkin rakastan tuota yksinkertaista fiilistä ja, tottakai, luonnonmateriaalien käyttöä. Ja tislaamo, vau!!! Jos se olisi mitenkään mahdollista, niin …

deko luukku house

A tribute to Luukku house

  Yesterday morning I had my morning coffee with me and I decided to browse trough my old deko magazines. Randomly I chose a one from the summer of 2011. I was happily surprised when I noticed that the magazine included an article about one of the greatest and most innovative houses that I’ve ever seen: the Luukku house by Aalto university students. I first saw this zero-energy house in the summer of 2011 when I visited a Holiday Housing Fair in Mäntyharju. The wooden little cabin stood in the middle of the area and I was immediately intrigued. I loved the wooden exterior and I spent a very long time inside the house just admiring the innovative approach to living. All the little details were super smart and beautiful and although the space is only 42 square meters it seemed more bigger just because of the wonderful design. It was definitely my favorite building at the fair and from time to time I returned to think about it. And when the Luukku house bumped …

living church new zealand

The living church

Religion is something that doesn’t exist in my world but I’m always interested in things that include plants. As does this living tree church made by Barry Cox in New Zealand. I say WOW! And all this has been grown in 4 years (clearly I’m jealous because somewhere in the world there’s places that are perfect for fast growth, unlike Finland is). Imagine what this church and its labyrinth garden will look like in 10 or 20 years: WONDERFUL! It’s obvious that the closeness of the nature and the quiet whispers of growing plants make a great and unique place to quiet down in your own thoughts, with or without religion. Read more from designboom.   Uskonto ei kuulu mun elämään mitenkään, mutta olen aina kiinnostunut jos joku asia sisältää kasveja. Kuten tämä elävä puukirkko, jonka uusiseelantilainen Barry Cox on rakentanut. Sanonpa vain, että VAU! Ja kaikki tämä on kasvanut vain neljässä vuodessa (tottakai olen kateellinen, että maailmassa on paikkoja, joissa on pikkuisen paremmat olosuhteet nopeaan kasvuun, verrattuna siis Suomeen). Miettikää, miltä tuo kirkko ja …

sami tallberg wild herb cookbook

Wild herb cookbook

Sometimes it’s better to wait for something to be found than just spend money to get it right away. This happened with a book we just found from the flea market and it was so cheap. It’s Sami Tallberg‘s Wild Herb Cookbook that we’ve been talking about purchasing for a long time. The book is just meant for us because it combines the passions of us two: cooking and plants. The Chef loves the simple recipes and I love the facts of foraging plants for food. Perfect! I always knew that there’s so much to use in Finland’s nature, but this book finally gives me some instructions (and boy, I love the nonfiction and informational books). The book has sections for each foraged plant with one recipe to use it. There’s also information about the season charts and other useful things. (And also, I didn’t know that the book comes in English, too! I actually like it more that way.)   Joskus on parempaa ja mielenkiintoisempaa odotella jonkun asian tulevan löydetyksi kuin hankkia se isolla rahalla …

Old shingle roof

On one of our walks we bumped into this old bulletin board with a wonderful shingle roof. I just love the way the shingle has gone old and grey. Just beautiful!   Yhdellä kävelyretkellä törmäsimme tähän vanhaan ilmoitustauluun, jossa oli aivan ihana pärekatto. Miä rakastan sitä, miten tuo päre on vanhentunut ja harmaantunut. Todella kaunista!

Full Grown

Full Grown

Growing your furniture?! Sounds a bit weird but why not? The technique is called botanical manufacturing and Full Grown is its pioneer. Headed by a furniture designer Gavin Munro, Full Grown wanted to challenge the way we think about furniture and how to make them by growing the furniture. At the moment they have a field in Derbyshire, UK, where they nurture 400 tables, chairs and lampshades. They have made special plastic moulds which they use to train the plant to grow in which shape they want. By pruning, patience and nurturing the plants, mainly willow, in five years Full Grown has made a unique piece of furniture. The furniture doesn’t have any joints so they will last longer. How cool is this!   Omien huonekalujen kasvatus?! Kuulostaa hieman oudolta, mutta toisaalta miksei? Tekniikan (englanniksi nimeltään “botanical manufacturing”, suomeksi ehkä jotain “kasvitieteellinen valmistus”) pioneerinä toimii Full Grown, jonka on perustanut huonekalusuunnittelija Gavin Munro. Hän halusi haastaa sen, mitä ajattelemme huonekaluista ja miten niitä valmistetaan. Tällä hetkellä yrityksellä on pelto Derbyshiressä, Englannissa. Tällä hetkellä siellä hoidetaan  ja kasvatetaan 400 pöytää, tuolia ja …

seed pots

Sowing seeds for the upcoming balcony garden

In the previous post we had some diy ideas for seed pots and now we will sow seeds in them! The spring and the new balcony madness has been so much fun and (as you noticed in our balcony plans) we got a bit excited when ordering the seeds (the herbs and vegetables we ordered from Hyötykasviyhdistys and the chilis from Fatalii). I divided the seeds into two groups: the ones I should sow now to get the party started and the ones that I can put right into the ground in May. You can find clear instructions from the bag to find out when is the right time to do the job for each seeds. Most of the seeds were quite small so they don’t need to be soaked but bigger ones like zucchini and bean I soaked for about 6 hours. The group that was now ready for a head start includes these: lesser catmint/basil thyme (Clinopodium nepeta) mammoth basil (Ocimum basilicum) zucchini ‘Tondo Chiaro di Nizza’ (Cucurbita pepo) komatsuna/Japanese mustard spinach (Brassica rapa var. …

seeding pot materials

DIY: Recycled seeding pots

Here’s a tip how to use many materials found from your home to make recycled seeding pots. You’ll save money and nature. And it’s fun to do these also, so let the little crafting moment begin. You only need old newspapers, egg cartons and carton shells from toilet papers. Then scissors or knife and a straigh-sided glass or a little bottle. That’s it.   Täältä tulee vinkki, miten hyödynnät kotoa löytyviä materiaaleja idätysruukkujen valmistukseen. Siinä säästyy rahaa ja luontoa. Ja kaiken lisäksi näiden tekeminen on hauskaa, joten aloitetaanpas pieni askartelutuokiomme. Tarvitset ainoastaan vanhoja sanomalehtiä, munakennoja ja talous- ja vessapaperihylsyjä. Myös sakset tai mattoveitsi sekä suorareunainen lasi tai pullo. Näillä mennään.   CARTON SHELLS Cut the longer shells into two pieces. Toilet paper shells are the right size already. Then use scissors or knife to cut the shell in four places, just about 2 cm from the bottom, straigh lines. Fold the bottom of the shell to make it a little cup. It doesn’t matter if the carton seeding pot doesn’t stand straight at first. When you add the …