Two-fer Tuesday: Better Citizens and Square Foot Gardening

This week’s Two-fer Tuesday links cover two topics near and dear to me: gardening and self-improvement. Both posts come from dads, and I think they’re deserving of a read, a share, and some comments.

Plus, a newly widowed father and his daughter needs your help, so please open your hearts and wallets to them.

The first piece is from Dear Mr. Man (“Male by birth… Man by choice.”), who gives us 25 Things We Can Do To Become Better Citizens and Parents:

“We have lofty expectations for our leaders. It is easy for us to criticize from afar, but take no action on our own. It is simpler to live our lives in a vacuum rather than actually doing something. I am proposing that we indeed, do something to become better citizens (and better parents in the process).”

From FrugalDad we’ve got Square Foot Gardening: How To Grow Vegetables In Your Own Backyard:

“Gardens appeal to self-sufficient, frugal types like me. While I won’t be able to fully feed my family of four with our mini-harvest, we will surely enjoy some fresh-picked vegetables to supplement our spring and summer meals. With any excess, we may even do a little canning. Gardening is also therapeutic in that provides something to look forward to, and is a great stress-reducing hobby.”


I just heard about this fundraiser today
, so if you’re feeling generous and would like to help improve the life of a dad and child, please consider donating to the Sonic Boom fund or auction:

“On the 5th of January 2010 Tee Morris found himself facing raising his daughter (with the alias of Sonic Boom) alone, after the sudden, shocking death of his wife Natalie.

The podcasting, writing, and social media community gathered around and within days had raised over $10,000 to cover funeral expenses and other pressing bills Tee was facing. This response was incredible, and showed just how much Tee has touched the lives of others.

However now, as a community we are turning our attention to Sonic Boom’s future. She is only five now, and relying on Tee to provide everything for her. We have the aim of providing a trust buffer for her, so that she can go to college if she wants.”

Image: Randy Son of Robert at Flickr

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

One thought on “Two-fer Tuesday: Better Citizens and Square Foot Gardening

  • February 23, 2010 at 9:58 am
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    Even though I am not always the best indoor gardener I enjoy it and do an ok job of not killing my plants. Today though, I read about a new product that takes all the fun and challenge out of gardening by adding an electric plug and a computer program. This article on the Click and Grow shows that newer is not always better. http://thegreenertruth.com/2010/02/click-and-grow/

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