Some IWNG members wanted to start some Do It Yourself activity sharing by members, and I volunteered to share about my Edible Gardening hobby and dream to live off my edible garden one day. I find a lot of joy with growing my own food, and I believe anyone can easily learn the skill. As a wellness educator and chef, it is fantastic that I get to grow my own organic produce on a community allotment.
A Sunny Sunday in the Garden
We were lucky to have a sunny Sunday afternoon at my allotment garden, with 3 lovely members. Plenty of neighbourhoods in Rotterdam have a community garden by municipality (Gementee Rotterdam), operated by volunteers. And some gardens divided the land to be rented out to individuals at a very affordable price, just like mine.
I shared practical tips and knowledge that I have gathered over the years of gardening. Even with limited balcony space, there are edibles that one can easily start in containers like herbs and salad leaves.
Just like when I first moved to the Netherlands, they had lots of questions about growing in a 4 season country: how to adapt to the Dutch weather, the different Dutch terminology to gardening supplies, and where to buy them.
Each of them propagated a few pots from seeds or cuttings to bring home, and they were excited to share with me when the seeds sprouted a few days later. They also transplanted some seedlings I have grown onto the ground. The same method could be used to transplanting into a bigger containers.
Taking Your Garden Home
It was a fun afternoon of camaraderie in the nature. And I am happy to hear Krati says that gardening feels therapeutic. It is indeed for me.
If anyone is interested to learn, I could easily organise this sharing session again. I look forward to learn other DIY sharing from other members.