Spring Gardening…

Well…in preparation for spring this past weekend I got back into my “gardening” mode and worked the soil. Tilled up the rows with a pick axe (some good manual labor!). I was pretty tired out by the end. It’s some hard work…but felt really good.

I love having a garden because it is so “grounding”. I work all the time on the computer in another world and working my hands in the dirt is relaxing. Plus, you get yummy fresh vegetables. I’m starting out with cold season things like lettuce, kale, spinach, etc..which do fine in the early spring and don’t like the heat.

I have been composting all our organic waste since last year so I had a good amount of fresh compost soil to mix in the rows. It gives the plants lots of stuff they like to grow big and tasty. I have a big black composter at the back next to the fence in the picture. It is amazing how much composting has reduced the amount of trash/waste that I produce. Everyone should do it if they can.

I also have drip watering system which saves lots of water and gives water directly to the area of the plants. You can see the drip lines in the rows. Espanola is in the high desert (6,000 feet above sea level) and lately we have been in drought conditions, so we have to all be very consious of our water usage. Most people take water for granted. Me and Arjan do whatever we can to conserve water. This weekend I got a fountain pump from the hardware store and it has a connection for a garden hose. Narayan takes baths every day…and we always felt bad about wasting that much water every day. So…When he is done bathing and I take a shower I drop the little pump into the tub and connect the hose (which is just outside the bathroom window next) and it pumps all the water out onto the lawn. You can see the hose coming from the window in this picture. Pretty cool eh? Some people might think it extreme…but I think if we all do a little to conserve water then we will be ok. It’s a few extra minutes but I think it helps reduce waste and re-use water.

5 Responses to “Spring Gardening…”

  1. Gombesa says:

    Thats really cool,cause most people dont give a rats a*# about conservation and how much water we waste and how other countries wish they could have 10 gallons of clean water a day.Thats only xtreme to lazy unconserving people.I dont do it but that is for sure not xtreme.I conserve in other ways,but collectivly all the different ways add up to alot. 1 of my brothers went to Nicaragua and couldnt bathe regularly cause they looked at him like, you would use our water just to wash your skin,instead of using to cook rice and beans{he ate that for two years,[breakfast,lunch,dinner]} after hand packing water from so far away. My other brother was recently in the Ukraine and got very sick from drinking water that he already boiled for two days.{two days and the water was still that dirty} Espesially{not correct spelling,oh well} in drought thats a good idea to water your garden. I was specifically told at my new house that I cant grow any food.{they knew I would plant food in the backyard}Home grown food tastes way way way better than any store bought food. I can eat tomatoes like apples when they are home produced.
    Think of yourself as lucky cause I wish I could.{{I almost want to bend the rules,and say Im not growing food IN my backyard but ON my backyard}} but I know better than that.Or grow food hydroponically in the garage but Id have the D.E.A thinking it is other things. WELL GOOD THINKING and if someone says your wierd for doing that, tell them to pay your water bill and theyll for sure shut up about it.

  2. I was born in New Delhi, but coz my father is an engineer, and he used to work in Indian Air Force, we have been all around India. My father would get government accommodation and we would have a back yard most of the time. I remember all of us siblings (we are 3 in total) working in the kitchen garden. That’s what we used to call it. We used to grow okra, tomatoes, potatoes, egg plant, carrots, radish, turnips and lots of other stuff. After school we will work in the garden and after doing homework we will water it in the evening. We never used chemical fertilizers. We used organic manure. It was a satisfying feeling when we used to cook the vegetables that were grown in our own backyard. Fruits and vegetables were not that expensive that we had to grow it at home. It was just a hobby that our entire family was into.

    Even since I moved to Canada, I haven’t been able to do gardening as I did not live in a house, mostly condos. I have some potted plants though.

  3. Kalyan A Singh says:

    Dear Gurumustuk Singh,

    Being a water resources engineer, I’ve got to take a moment and applaud you for your water conservation measures. It really is a great sign when people become conscientious of this issue and start to conserve without needing regulations forcing them to do so. Good for you!!


  4. Good luck with Gardening :)

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