Pot by pot, season by season
I grew up in a small town, or let’s say in the countryside, where being outside and surrounded by green was an everyday part of my life. Moving to Ljubljana meant moving to a student dorm and then later to an apartment, meaning I no longer enjoyed the privilege of having my own garden.
I slowly figured out what was missing and started to grow herbs in pot upon pot on my windowsill, then later on our little balcony, and in the meantime started to take part in a student dorm community garden project. Of course in the beginning things were a little confusing, as I needed to kill a few plants in order to figure out how to plant and water them, not to mention being careful to put them in the direct sun or in the shade as required. As I moved nine times in just five years, some plants moved with me, too.
Plant by plant and season by season I learned about my mini-garden, and every year I expanded it a bit. This year I planted tomatoes, chilli, melons and zucchini – and I added Urbanscape Green cubes and Green flocks of course, so now I’m expecting the most from them. So far, it’s looking good. I’ll keep you posted and be sure to let you know when my first harvest is ready for tasting.
By the way, did you know it’s been proven that working with earth releases stress and actually works as an anti-depressant? Which is another reason to start planting your own little plots of green – not to mention the obvious benefits, like having your own vegetables, reducing impact on the climate and the environment, and its capacity to absorb sound, water, heat and air pollution.
Every one of us can find at least a little bit of space indoors or outside the home and can start making this place greener and our everyday lives more radiant. For starters, try planting mint; I find it one of the most undemanding, easy to maintain plants with a wide range of uses in the kitchen.
In the end, taking care of my plants, planting them, digging my hands into the earth and watching them grow not only makes good use of my free time but also works as a great way of reducing and releasing the stress of my everyday routine. And now that I work on the Urbanscape team, I not only take care of my plants at home, but am also working with them at work. What a pleasure =)