With excessive hours of staying at home, we start to pick up the activities we plan to do or been idle for a while. I’m sure at this time around, growing green is becoming the main theme; here is to the birth of gardening enthusiasts aiming towards sustainable gardening, growing food at home!
My aim in this article is to inspire you to start working on your backyards or whenever you have a space inside to grow plants and learn about sustainability. Certainly no excuses!
Cheryl a friend of mine is guest-posting. She shared her thoughts on the impact of the pandemic on her family life from my previous article; New Normal that correlates with this topic.
Backyard Gardening Sustainability and Beyond
Today’s new normal gardening is the new trend. With the unlimited time at home, many families turn vacant spaces into a garden. You might be in the city or in the countryside you will never go wrong with it.
In our case, we start our garden just in time of the pandemic, the first few days after lockdown. We start planting a few veggies like eggplant, bitter gourd, tomatoes, cucumber, and more. Since we lived in the countryside the access to organic fertilizer is easier. After over a month we started consuming our harvest.
Thankfully with our products, we are able to save a few bucks in our vegetable and spices allocation. In fact, those vegetables that in excess of our daily consumption we barter it with meat and seafood in our local community. Sounds like the olden times with the barter trade! Our vegetable garden sustains us while our ornamental/flower garden gives beauty in our surroundings.
Hence by gardening, we learned to be sustainable and start growing food at home.
Moreover, we now practice waste recycling. Instead of throwing the eggshells, vegetable peelings, and some papers, I toss them in my compost pit, and use them as organic fertilizer. We also recycle some plastics and cans as plant containers.
I personally benefitted from gardening to ease the anxiety because it keeps me busy every day. It also gives me a sense of fulfillment knowing that I accomplish something worthwhile while staying at home.
For this year, we work more on our backyard garden since the lockdown last March. In the beginning, we plant different seeds of cucumber, squash, tomato, pepper, watermelon, and zucchini.
By the time we are ready to transfer them to our plots, the color markings are gone due to the rain. So, our garden is a little bit disorganized and a kind of guessing game which plant it is, till it bears fruits. Don’t worry, we will do it better next year!
What I am proud of is that by June, we start to reap zucchinis, about four dozens of harvest and still more to come! We no longer buy zucchinis from the market and our home cook meal, louvi (beans and zucchini, Cypriot Cuisine) comes from our backyard. Also, the best part is we are able to share our products with our friends!
In about two months of gardening, we start growing food at home and achieve a sense of sustainability.
We have a lot of tomatoes growing, just waiting for them to be ready and that will be another item off from our grocery list. So far, only one cucumber produced and we are hoping to have some watermelons too. About the pepper and squash, we really don’t know what happen, probably next season!
Aside from the vegetables, I also have rose flower bed; red, yellow, white roses, and the fourth one, we don’t know yet the color. Crossing my fingers that it’s going to a pink rose! They are blossoming generously that I almost ran out of vases. Dried rose petals, I use them to make potpourri using rose oil. Can you smell the fragrance?Handmade Gardening Tools and Décor
Gardening is a newfound hobby and I find myself enjoying it at the start of the day. The scent of the soil is therapeutic similar to the scent of the pages of the books.
Benefits of Gardening
- Saving Mother Earth. Reduce. Reuse and Recycle.
- Self-sustaining from the harvests. How much will you save when you no longer buy tomatoes in the market?
- Encourages body work out. Even with small plots, there is some bending moves and the walking route in watering the plants.
- Gardening can be therapeutic, and beats anxiety or stress!
- A prospect to engage with like-minded people to exchange knowledge and create goals for the community.
- With schools interrupted, get kids to involve at an early age that shall foster a sense of responsibility and other skills.
These are the usual reasons why gardening is not on the hobby list.
- I don’t have a green thumb. Gardening is not my main interest before and so I believe only a few people can succeed. But here I am now. I wouldn’t even think I have a zucchini, tomatoes, and rose garden in two month’s time. Yes, you can. Study and remember the basics in gardening which is to know how to care for your plant.
- I am a constant epic fail. Oh well back to point number 1. Probably because you didn’t do correctly on your first tries; planting off-season; overwatering; not watering, or absence of sun exposure. Can you please give it a go this time and try your best to do it right? Perhaps….
- I don’t have a backyard. Another popular reason. Well, you can use pots or plastic containers. A little research will guide you that you can grow plants indoors.
- What should I plant? Here is a list of easy plants to grow for beginners. Please note that the type of plants depends on your location. Pop that question in google plus your location and voila!
- Don’t procrastinate. I have given you the most valuable reasons to start gardening. In the end, this will have a magnitude impact in our society as more people start gardening and find ways to grow food at home. So, let’s start it now!
Cheryl and I are beginners in gardening, yes amateurs. Through our constant communication, we shared our failures, and sometimes our body aches. Lol. Gardening means commitment. They say you become responsible in life when you learn to take care of a plant and a pet. (I’m pretty sure this is from a movie, please help me remember!)
Above all, we have to give back to Mother Nature. She is in total depletion and we are experiencing nature’s backlash over the years.Summer Gardening
Consequently, we challenge all of you, to grow just one plant in your space, the more the better. Be committed and learn to be in love with gardening. Just imagine when each one starts gardening to grow food at home. Multiply that with the world’s population….
Let’s create a sustainable gardening and start growing food at home!
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.Vincent Van Gogh
Share your gardening pursuits and hit the comment below!
P.S. Drop by to Cheryl’s Garden page, and feel free to share your garden photos, leave some tips and your stories too! Thank you!