After I killed THREE potted trees, I called for my friend Nova for help. I should have asked for help from the beginning. But we live, kill and learn. Nova came over, spent the day with me in my balcony garden, and I had a big… oh, now I get it moment!
I knew you had to meet her too!
Nova is an urban gardener and founder of Cultivate Central. She helps people grow food in small spaces. I’m lucky to call her my friend. She grew up alongside her father’s composting business in the 70’s, with her hands deep in the soil. She has an uncanny ability to find worms in any grassy patch and inspire confidence and enthusiasm to grow your own food.
If you’re feeling a bit guilty about the state of your herbs, don’t. Nova has some great tips and gardening philosophy to re-inspire you:
From cuttings – herbs such as basil, mint, dill, indian borage, malabar spinach.
From seed – okra, amaranth, bak choy, beans.
All my kitchen waste gets composted and that compost is then used to build healthy soil. I also keep all my eggshells so that I have a source of calcium for my soil. I crush them and sometimes pound them before adding it to my soil mix. I also add worms to my containers.
Worms play such an important role. Think of them as soil builders and processors. All that burrowing helps aerate soil, improves water holding capacity keeping your soil from becoming compact. Worms are an amazing organism breaking down nutrients for your plants and pruning roots too. Plus their worm poop is your fertiliser!
Try, fail, try again. Don’t be afraid you might kill plants. Grow a thick skin and carry on.
Prune my plants. Harvest some herbs. Send my kitchen waste to my compost pile.
Observation. This will lead to you asking questions and seeking better solutions.
Observe, plan then plant.
Get to know more about Nova and her amazing projects though her site, Cultivate Central.