Spring is generally the best time of the year to pull out gardening tools and start planting! For most of the vegetation, this is the perfect time to sow seeds. Due to the lockdown last year I started this new hobby. Now, for 2021, yours truly is embarking on a new project, Sustainability Gardening: Garden to Table!
Just a quick recap, last 2020, we had abundant produce of zucchinis, some eggplants and we learned that our tomatoes failed due to lack of calcium in our soil. We have watermelons though the taste was a bit flat. The growth of a watermelon is such an AHA moment. At first glance, it is too small that it camouflages with the leaves and suddenly they grow so huge!
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Also last year I started my roses flowerbed and they have been growing non stop. Red, white, yellow and pink roses. And guess what other flowers I have this year?
Let’s Eat Fresh!
This is the main theme this year. Freshly picked tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, and onion, for our salad. Smell fresh parsley and how crunchy they can be!
Harvest vegetables and straightaway to the kitchen! With the limited space we have, a small garden produces to table food. This project needs research, note-taking, lots of work, and dedication. Geez, I am really getting serious with this!
As I embark the journey of garden to table, I have to keep this momentum and begin to grow several seeds.
Vegetation: Radish, Crougettes, Cucumber, Tomato, Eggplant, Sweet pepper, Chilli, Broccoli, Beetroot and Carrots
Herbs: Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Peppermint, Coriander, Onion, Rosemary
Fruits: Watermelon ; Trees: Lemon, Mandarin and Olive Tree
Flowers: Roses, Hyacinth, Tulip, Gladioli, Poppies, Dwarf Asters and other mixed flowers.
A lot?! I just realized after typing all these! And yes so much work but this is something I enjoy. My garden is my go to in the morning and I keep on checking everyday. Definitely something that keeps me alive day to by day thus, staying home is not so bad at all!
As I write this, spring is almost over. Most of the seeds I have planted are already transplanted as per my layout, following the co-plant system. I hope this all works! Germinating sweet pepper and chili is quite a challenge for me. So many times the seeds did not sprout. This time I succeeded with the sweet peeper growing indoor first. While the chili is still a waiting game.
For the time being, all are adapting to their surroundings and growing. I really hope I will have a good produce this season. My herbs are all doing well and my coriander just beginning to grow. I can’t wait to get all my salad ingredients from my backyard!
I diligently take notes of everything like an old school. Certainly it helps a lot and I am able to measure a lot of factors. Yes, I am really dead serious with my gardening. How about you?
Gardening in Cyprus
Agriculture is one of the major sources of livelihood in the country. These are farming spaces of families in the villages and mountains. Each part of Cyprus grows different crops according to the altitude and climate conditions. Visiting villages and residential areas, one can easily observe that gardening is at the heart of their daily lives. In apartments, potted plants decorate the exterior. Almost every house has trees and various plants which are ornamental, fruits or vegetables.
Cyprus’ climate characterized by long summers and mild winters allows one to grow a variety of vegetation, flowers, and trees. Before starting on a project, it is essential to check if the plants are in season and the conditions for growing.
Grow Green Challenge
One of the many things we have learned due to the pandemic is to start being sustainable. I encourage everyone to grow at least one pot of plant wherever you are and preferably a certain crop which you can eat soon. There are options for potted plants, low maintenance and easy to grow plants. It all depends on your location, space, resources and time.
Get those hands dirty and promote for a greater cause.
With my garden-to-table project, how about having a pot-to-table?
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Lastly, don’t wait for your thumb to be green, it will become green with lots of love and dedication!
Calling all garden enthusiasts, let me hear from you!
Anyone joining the go green challenge? What are you waiting for!