Edible gardens are very trendy right now but growing food wherever one lives is nothing new (of course): it’s basic survival and common sense. As far as trends go, I love this one because even when the fad fades, there will be lots of new gardeners who will carry on with their own edible landscapes.
The short documentary you’re about to see if one of my all-time favourites. I watch it every year to get revved up with my own garden plans. Filmed in 1980s, it shows how Carol Bowlby feeds her family of five for seven months of the year using produce from her own city garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
She’s a lifelong gardener with smart and practical approaches to making the most of her plot of land. Considering this is long before the plethora of tools, tricks, information, and online resources we have today, it’s quite impressive and inspiring. And tells you that you don’t need all the fancy extras to grow good, healthy food wherever you are.
You can watch it on the page here or use the link below to see a larger screen at the National Film Board of Canada site. Enjoy!
My Urban Garden
In this short film, Halifax gardener Carol Bowlby harvests a mouth-watering crop from her small backyard plot. In considering soil quality, lack of space and a short growing season challenges rather than obstacles, she offers a wealth of practical growing tips for urban gardeners. By heeding Bowlby’s advice, bountiful organic gardens work equally well on apartment balconies, in small or large city lots or in a rural setting. [Source]
I have a listing of more interesting and inspiring Gardeners To Watch here.