Did you know recent studies show that buying fresh flowers each time you go to the grocery store relieves stress and increases your sense of wellness? What would it be if we started to grow our own food in the garden?
I remember my grandma had a vegetables garden, full of salads and root veggies. As a kid I loved harvesting the veggies that we needed to prepare dinner. All my senses were active, we knew where our food came from, it was fun and nourished our soul.
I am not what you would call a “green thumb”. However, I love the idea of growing my favorite vegetables, I am thrilled to learn something new while contributing to save the environment. When we decided to start our garden, we got advice from local professionals, we started small and simple, then we involved the whole family.
What a reward to see a little seed become an actual plant to harvest and cook with. My ratatouille is definitively the best in town!
Feeling motivated? Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Swing by your favorite nursery, today. Get advice. Pick some strawberries, tomatoes or flowers. Encourage diversity in your garden.
Sign up for a gardening workshop in the area.
Not sure about it? How about “urban gardening style”! Right here on your balcony. Find a sunny spot, close to your kitchen, start with a pot and grow vertically.
Need more space? Consider renting a space at the community garden. Being a part of a community garden helps promoting sustainable living.
Do you want to take it to the next level? Have you ever heard about Permaculture - take a look at what www.growingunderground.com? How to take care of our needs without compromising the needs of our ecosystem. Try hydroponic gardening, grow plants without soil.
Are you a plant lover? How about terrariums or kokedama hanging garden. You will certainely find a workshop close to you. Grab a friend and try something new and fun!
Be creative. Reuse. Compost!
Have you ever thought about starting seeds in eggshells? I just loved the idea, so I tried it. We will see what happen in few weeks…
How to do it:
Save your eggshells – make sure to crack the top of your eggs carefully for this project. Rinse, Boil and Rinse the eggshells again with water
Take off the fine membrane that covers the inside of your shells.
To ensure drainage, make a small hole at the bottom.
Place your eggshells back in the carton, then fill them with organic potting soil.
Plant your seeds according to the instructions of the package
Water plants with a spray and wait for your seeds to sprout.
When your sprouts have grown, transfer them directly to the ground or a larger pot.
Did you know that you can regrow food from scraps?
Carrots, celery or romaine hearts are good to start with. By placing the bottom of your celery or the top of your carrot in a bowl with fresh water every day, by the window, you will see roots appear. Then you can plant into soil and wait for your vegetable to be reborn.
You can also reuse veggies scraps to make vegetable broth.
Upcycle and Repurpose.
If you want to add a “vintage touch” to your patio or your front porch, you can upcycle an old dresser, use the drawers to plant your flower and go for a colorful and vertical gardening! Get inspired on Pinterest
Adopting a sustainable living is easier than you think. Creating green spaces, growing plants, is not only a good physical activity or a mood-booster, it also helps reducing our environmental impact…and for us, “hummingbirds”, it’s one more drop of water that can contribute to put out the fire.
“This story was first published in Issaquah Highlands’ Connections news, May 2019”
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