Grow Your Own

July 15, 2008

In this case, food. And to be more specific, green leafy vegetables.

I just came across the website of Kitchen Gardens International, which provides all kinds of information and resources about growing your own food. I was particularly excited about the story on “keyhole gardens” and thought I’d share it with you. For those of us who live in rental housing and in dense neighborhoods, here’s a great way to grow our food that is far more productive — and safe — than trying to use the paint pans, tyres or what have you. Imagine the beautiful, eye-catching towers of rockstones that are doing double duty as living sculptures.

Given that our diet does not seem to consist of many leafy vegetables these days, its time to expand the repertoire, if only for better health. When last you ate, let alone, were offered anything else in the market besides callaloo, cabbage, lettuce, and pak choi? I felt like I ate much better in Trinidad than I do here. I also don’t see why I should go buy the ridiculously expensive lettuce from a certain place on Hope Road, when I can buy a couple packets of seeds and plant them myself. In fact, that’s exactly what I will do. I’m thinking beets, turnip, and beans this time around.

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