City living is comfortable and preferred by most but there is something in the country which, if given the chance, I would definitely have in the city, gardening. There seem to be no place for it anymore. Scarce and pricey lots and spaces have made it impossible. Owning a big place in the city has become a privilege. So the idea of gardening is just seem infeasible.
But then again there is nothing impossible to creative and resourceful minds. Coupled with a desire to have some organic food on the table, I made my own garden in the city. Re-using large plastic water bottles and containers (that could not be recycled because of Phthalates), wooden cabinet, and even my kids’ baby bath tub, I planted some veggies like malabar nightshade, bitter melon, cilantro, ginger, garlic, tomato, and bell pepper. Since then, my family has enjoyed some great, tasty, hot soup from my garden’s produce. This is my first attempt, so things are a bit topsy-turvy. However I plan to organize things and maximize the our teeny-weeny veranda into a mini jungle as my kids would say. My garden may not look like what it is in the country. But for me this is a garden, a garden in the city. No matter what situation we are in we could always turn it around to our advantage.
Aside from this, there are other few things we can do/learned from gardening.
- It’s a good way to teach children about plants- parts, needs, and how to take care.
- Watering plants is a household chore that even a 4 year old will enjoy.
- Planting is a tangible and great way to instill in children the love for nature.
- It shows children the value of eating healthy, organic vegetables.
Are you into gardening? How big is your garden, the real one or a garden in the city like mine?