Thursday, 6 September 2012

Urban Agriculture



This year again I bought some saplings of  plants of cherry tomatoes, Basil, Chives, Parsley, chili plant and beetroot(R wanted those little red radishes but instead he picked up thinking what radish plants were but only it turned out to be beetroot), you know husbands!!!¨Well, I guess you do!

Anyways Beetroot is still in the boxes, growing. We had about a dozen chili's and the flavour was "Awesome" The tomatoes which we got were and are extremely flavourful but most of all its the pleasure, the happiness and the satisfaction you get from fruits from your own little garden or in my case rather window boxes or balcony plants. It feels like your baby and that's how you also look after these babies.

Another thing what gives me a kick is that, these stuff which I could grow at home, I did not had to buy from the store. I mean I cannot even begin to count myself anything in this but I should still be proud of myself that I grew something. We are going so away from the nature in so many ways and are consuming more and more and growing less and less. Most of the time the children don't even know where and how and which season the things are grown. I am not at all a big Gardner but I want to try in my own little baby steps and this feels very good. Actually here I also have to thank my neighbour and her kids for watering the plants while I was away in the summer. Even she liked the Idea and said might do it the coming summer.

Here the saying from Mother Teresa comes to mind "If you cannot feed a 100 people then just feed 1". Now if you  know me you also know that my examples are always off the topic and out of the box and may be a bit weird but you will come to understand slowly and I hope this here makes sense.

I think nature is what we really have and there are generations to come. Sometime while thinking of the consumerism give me chills and all things ready made and frozen and fix und fertig but then I thought overwhelming myself is not going to bring me or anyone anywhere but only by doing very very little things we all will come forward and try and make this earth a better place for our kids and grand kids and great grand kids.

So here is how my plants looked like:

Flowers in the chili plant.
and some chili's 
Now what I learnt is, its super easy to maintain these plants and sometimes when you have a lot to do you can either beg or boss your husband and kids to water them. Chili plant gives white flowers and super tasty chili`s


just flowers



some geraniums 











 



My krauter box of Basil and chives

flowers in the tomato plant
green tomatoes

and finally the tomatoes
the two plant of tomatoes
    and as you can see as the chili plant gets white flowers the tomato plant gets yellow and I guess we must have got about more than 2 kg from these two plants of tomatoes, not bad at all. 

  
our radishes but only they are beetroots


Ok now back to Urban Agriculture now. Once I saw an article on Mexico city and how they are growing food in the cities. More on this here

Here in the Alpine country they also have a wonderful concept. On the border of the towns they have small gardens, called as Schreber gardens or Allotment gardens. They are usually between 50 to 400 square meters and they can be hired by the Gemeinde. They have a small shed for tools and  table-chairs but its not allowed to live or sleep here. They have to be strictly used for residential and not commercial purposes. I am still waiting in the cue to get mine for some years, until then its the good old window sill. Will click some fotos from these gardens in a day or two. 



The similar topic is of the use or less use or recycling of Plastic. There is an exhibition running in Zürich at the Museum of Gestaltung and I am going to go see it tomorrow with a friend. Shall put some pictures here too. You can have a look here http://www.plasticgarbageproject.org/en/