Starting out growing things of your own can be a daunting task if it’s your first time. I am a firm believer that having a green thumb is not something that you are necessarily born with, like being a talented musician. Rather it’s something that can be built up over time with experience, observation, and enthusiastic interest. And having the correct information and knowing how to plan is one of the key cornerstones to success.
The botanical definition of an herb is “Any seed-bearing plant which does not have a woody stem and dies down to the ground after flowering”. With this definition, the banana tree is technically an herb. But…
Planting a seed, nurturing it every day, watching it grow, using it to feed your belly and/or eyes with beauty, the process of gardening is innately beautiful.
We all have the power to create and facilitate a greater difference then we can imagine. Personally, you cannot impress me more as an individual than if you have a hobby or occupation that contributes to the greater good, and benefits more than just your day-to-day living.
Despite feeling a longing sense for summer to continue, and sadness at the leaves beginning to turn towards their autumn hues, I do in fact look forward to autumn in the northern climate here in Berlin.
Urban gardening is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around for as long as humans have lived in cities! Through time, the significance of urban gardening has taken on different levels of meaning; serving as tools for social reform, as subsistence in times of food insecurity, and even as a simple pastime in times of prosperity.
One of our favourite test garden successes is a 2-meter avocado tree, that has been going strong for more than 2 years now. We planted the pit on a whim and from the first day until the plant was actually strong enough to be planted up to a pot, almost 6 months passed.
Whether one is an accomplished gardener or just starting out, sometimes deciding on the things that we want to dedicate our little garden sanctuaries to for the summer can be, well, a challenging decision!