Farm and Garden Articles
I have to start with a confession. Up until very recently, I haven’t thought much about where my food came from. Over the last six years my fiancé and I have taken turns being students, with him finishing up a PhD and me completing a post-graduate diploma. My only thought about the food we ate was if it was relatively nutritious and if it fit into our very tight budget.
You may think to yourself, that because these simple tasks are so very simple that perhaps they should go to the bottom of the long to-do list. But however small these choices are, they are mighty, guaranteed to change your life on the farm.
I didn’t know how much my annual plants would like to be nestled between established perennials, elders who hold the soil firm and strong around them while they establish their young roots. Plants like to be on contour so they can soak up all the water they desire. They need a system that is designed for them to survive and thrive… and not suffer or get sick.
It was a moment of Déjà vu. Only, this time it wasn’t the voice of Aaji, my grandmother, telling me excitedly that we could use the broken shelf as a vegetable bed on the terrace of the block of apartments we all lived in, a family of six then, in a one bedroom apartment in the concrete jungle of Mumbai, in India.
Our love started like a fairy tale. I met my late husband in 2006 and it was love at first sight. We would spend ten years together, and have six sons in that time period. We both shared a love of nature, and had every intention of gardening and starting a farm. Plans changed when he became ill and our focus shifted to taking care of him more. Even though he was sick, he would muster up the energy to prepare the yard for gardening, he even planted the cilantro that is growing like crazy right now in the yard.
From Waste to Waste Not: Remakeries are Stumbling Across the Globe and They Are Doing A Lot More Than Just Keeping Waste Out of Landfills
A remakery, also sometimes referred to as a repair cafe, is a community space dedicated to repairing used clothes, technology, small appliances, and furniture. With thousands of household items diverted from landfills, it is inspiring to see this start up all over the globe.
A potager garden literally translates ‘for the soup pot’. Vegetables, fruits, and both medicinal and edible herbs are grown together with the main incentive to feed the family. These traditional kitchen gardens date back to France nearly a thousand years ago when it was common for people to grow their own food and medicine.
Think of a seed. An onion seed is the size of a pin, and yet Walla Walla onions, when matured, can be bigger than a small melon! You would think that after a few years of planting, I would understand all this a bit more. But the truth: I am just starting to scratch the surface of what is truly possible.
Creating a natural habitat for bees and other pollinators is an aspect to gardening that we can cultivate. Increasing pollinator gardens and landscapes will help bees, butterflies, bats and many other species. You don’t need a lot of space to grow a pollinator garden, even pots of flowers and herbs can grow on a balcony. If you have space consider growing hedgerows of pollinator plants around your vegetable garden