Hi! I'm Laura, and I am the person behind the posts (most of them anyway!) here at Green in Real Life. So nice to meet you! This blog is all about our urban garden adventures with a sprinkle of everyday greener living: growing more, wasting less, making small real life changes that add up. Join me in the garden and beyond.   I love puttering about in the garden, enjoying nature, and (of course!) taking photos along the way. Sharing those images, sharing our experiences in the garden, and our everyday journey in trying to live a more mindful and sustainable life is the main focus of this blog. If you're a new visitor, you can read all about our terms of use, policies, and disclosures here. Take a little peek into our garden and our daily lives as I try to slow down from our previous fast-paced city lifestyle and settle into more mindful life in an old urban garden property with our pets.  Green in Real Life is a space to share and gain inspiration to make your own greener everyday choices - big or small. 

In addition to this blog's main focus in the garden, other green goodness will pop up here from time to time. We are (slowly) working towards more sustainably. My aim is to try and make our "normal" everyday life increasingly eco-friendly - changing habits, making better choices and doing our part, bit-by-bit. We are real people and this is all about "doable" change, like reducing our day-to-day footprint, trying out new technology, making modifications around the house, testing new greener products, working on our garden conversion, developing new habits, and attempting to cut waste through reducing, recycling and upcycling. Join me in and around our garden, as well as the other shared experiences, inspirations, and ideas that are helping to keep me/us motivated along the way.

Thanks for stopping by to visit the blog and I would love for you to follow along here or on Facebook or both! You can also subscribe to the blog via Bloglovin'. I love comments and read each and every one, so please take the time to say hello or share your thoughts on some of my posts. If you have your own gardening or green-living related post, blog, or website and you think that I or the blog readers might like to check it out, politely dropping your link is a-ok as well. We hope that you visit again soon!
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as well as guest posting elsewhere from time to time.

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Here are a few other frequently asked questions...

How did you learn to garden?
My parents were (and still are) keen gardeners when we were young, and I started growing my own little garden when I first moved into my own home.  I have learned a lot through trial and error over the years, as well as seminars, training, and plenty of reference books, websites, and magazines.  I am still learning all the time, especially as I move between different regions, countries, climates, and growing environments.

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 - you can read more about that in our Link with Love section. Blogging is all about connecting and sharing, and it is awesome when you invite your friends and followers to read things here on the blog.  If you'd like, feel free to use one of my photos with a link back to the original post. Please don't copy our post content, direct or paraphrased.  If you would like to share more than one of my images in your post or if you have a special request, please email and I will do my best to help.  I'm very flexible and PR friendly.

Do you accept guest posts?
We do not 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 Collaborate with Us page and/or via email.

Who designed your blog and graphics?
I did the design myself. Things are always evolving bit-by-bit around here! The template is a basic free blogger layout that has been incrementally tweaked and customised over the years to suit my needs. For our graphics and freebies, most of my general design work is done in either Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. 

Do you take your own photographs for the blog?
I do indeed! Most images and graphics (excluding guest posts) are my own, and any outsourced images will be clearly credited. 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 do love my Topaz tools (especially DeNoise -it's awesome!) and have a number of actions both bought and self-recorded to streamline my workflow. You don't need fancy equipment to take nice photos (although admittedly it sometimes helps) - I love photography and have both the camera gear and software for other purposes.  If you want to explore photography but can’t afford fancy equipment, that’s perfectly okay! It’s your vision and skill as the photographer that matter in making a great photo, whether it’s on a camera phone or DSLR, so play around and keep developing your underpinning photography techniques. I'm always learning!

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. You can read more in our Link with Love section. If you have a special request, please send me email.  I'm very flexible and PR friendly.