Name: Willi Galloway
Started at Re-Nest: March 2011
Lives in: Portland, Oregon
As Re-Nest's resident gardening expert, Willi's weekly gardening column ("The Gardener") offers tips, tricks, and invaluable information for both the amateur and experienced gardener. Her Q&A posts, in which she takes questions from Re-Nest readers, are particularly enlightening! (Submit your Q's to Willi here.)
You most enjoy writing about: I really love sharing ideas that make growing food simple, productive, and fun. And I think blogging is a great format because it gives me an opportunity to connect and learn from the people reading my posts. I also enjoy the challenge of packing as much information as possible into a limited space. That said, I just finished writing my first book! It's called Grow. Cook. Eat: A Food-Lover's Guide to Kitchen Gardening and it was really fun to plan and execute a larger project. As I was writing the book, I kept a file of ideas to blog about and can't wait to share them this summer on Re-Nest.
Your personal home style is: Always evolving. My husband and I own a furniture store (Perch Furniture) and furniture from the shop is always coming home with us. We have furniture from a fairly big range of styles/eras, but their clean simple lines unite them. I love to surround myself with sentimental things and my husband is a minimalist, which means that I am trying to ignore my current urge to collect vintage oilcans. Our collection of poster art includes film posters that I bought in Havana, a vintage piece of Mao propaganda our friend Mark brought us from China, and a very cool Shepard Fairey print.
Your green home must-have is: A kitchen garden. Now that we are settled into a house I devote a lot of space to vegetables and herbs, but I've grown on decks, rooftops, and in community gardens.
Your ideal Saturday morning is: Hitting a few early garage sales before eating a huge brunch, followed by napping in my hammock.
What's on your nightstand? I'm reading Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo right now. I also always my glasses handy, because I am blind as a bat and need them to see anything in the morning.
Where do you go for inspiration/info/help? I think the best way to become a better gardener is to learn from other gardeners. So I love to go on garden tours. The Garden Conservancy has a wonderful Open Days program where people all around the country open their private gardens to the public. Make. Grow. Gather. always features lovely, simple DIY projects. I also love Design*Sponge, Remodelista, and the UK blog Fennel & Fern.
DIY or Buy? I just spray painted a free patio set bright yellow, but that is about the extent of my crafty skills.
Favorite CFL or LED Lightbulb Brand? Whatever is on sale.
Favorite green paint brand and color: Aura by Benjamin Moore. I love Mayonnaise (the color). I just wish it didn't have such an unappetizing name because it is a great shade of white!
In 2011 you're going to: Fill my pantry with pickles.
Posts by Willi
• Vertical Gardening: Simple Vegetable Trellises
• Gardening With Chickens: Best Backyard Breeds
• Gardening Q&A: What Are The Best Organic Gardening Books?
• Gardening 101: How To Transplant Perennials
• Gardening Q&A: Alternative Raised Bed Building Material
(Images: see linked posts for full image credits)