Little Tips on How To Sow

Nature sows directly outdoors. It is often the easiest and best way to get results you expect. You don’t make your plant weaker by transferring it from pot to pot and it has a chance to adjust to outside conditions from the very beginning. But what if you live in Dubai, it is still too hot, but you want to make sure, that when that temperature hits the right number, you are ready??? Here are some pictures from my morning gardening today…….. I have sowed some precious heirloom marigolds, calendula and spices my husband just brought from his business trip. I am so lucky to have him! And not just that. He returned with a new watering hose and two frogs to scare the cats away! 🙂 Just remember: *Always prepare your pots with soil first. *Label them *Read instructions on the seedling package to see how many seeds and how deep to sow *Use a pencil to make a small hole for the seeds in the middle *Cover the seeds *Water well *Never let the seeds dry out while germinating!   Happy gardening! Ivana    ... Read More

Companion Gardening

Gardening is one of my favourite things to do. It requires commitment and responsibility to the stage, that you just HAVE TO skip that morning run from time to time, as early morning in September is the only time you can get the work done before you get burnt in 38 degrees by 10am. This year we are ready to create beautiful, productive garden and leave the soil in even better state then it is now. Our vegetables, herbs and flowers will be carefully combined in order to fulfil the principles of Companion Gardening. Just like you don’t get on with certain people, some plants have enemies while others support each other through the root system. This sort of gardening is associated with the healthy growth of plants by repelling unwanted insects, attracting pollinating insects and to provide nutrients, even shade for each other. I am also hoping that abundance of greenery will solve pollution problems and the calmness of colour will touch our hearts and souls. We started sowing on second and third week this month. I am checking on my plants at least five times a day making sure they are well watered and get enough morning sun to become stronger. We in fact started to have a strong connection to the extend, that I cancelled my trip to see my parents. After all, who can possibly take better care of them than me, when husband is away?   In the meantime, I have spent pretty much a full Friday preparing the plan. And here is the outcome:     Some basic tips for companion gardening: Must... Read More

Time to get rolling! Start sowing NOW!

Dear gardeners, outdoor enthusiasts and all those of you, who find growing your own veggies and herbs exciting! Somehow, summer felt extremely long this year for me. I am not sure if it was due to lots of changes going on in my life. I quit my old job in order to embark on much more awarding path in my life. While I totally agree, that we are nowhere close to ‘reasonable’ temperatures, there is already so much you can do to prepare your garden (or window sill) for the next season. If you have been travelling a lot or not getting enough air outdoors, your body is probably in a great need of nutrients. For me personally, there is nothing more rewarding than watching the things grow and participating in wonders of life through gardening. We should all find something, which brings peace to our souls. Many of us have lost connection with our bodies and gardening is one of those things that give an opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath and reconnect through nature. Kick your shoes off and get barefoot. Stick your head out in the sun for some of that depleted vitamin D and enjoy the healing energy throughout your body.   Turn your husband’s office or your dining table into greenhouse! Get your kids involved. Give them responsibility for their own plants. Start growing love, passion and appreciation for nature in them from very early age. It will keep them occupied and hopefully out of trouble. Start with ‘easy and fast growing plants’ and later include slower ones. This will build patience... Read More

Broccoli & How to save the seeds for next season

  Broccoli originates from Italy, where it was developed from wild cabbage in 6th century B.C.. This verdant vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrients. Botanically, it is a member of large family of cruciferous vegetables, which also include cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, arugula, etc. Broccoli’s impressive nutritional profile includes exceptionally rich source of vitamin C. It also contains vitamin A, folate, K, B-complex and dietary fibre. Fresh broccoli is a storehouse of many phyto-nutrients like thiocyanates, beta-carotene and lutein. Furthermore, it is also a good source of minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus. Broccoli is reputed to benefit digestion, the cardiovascular system and the immune system, and to have anti-inflammatory and even cancer-preventing properties. Like other members of the cruciferous family, broccoli contains “goitrogens” which may cause swelling of thyroid gland and therefore, should be avoided in individuals with thyroid dysfunction. However, it may be consumed liberally in healthy persons. Broccoli is a cool-season crop and demands fertile rich and well-drained soil to flourish. Technically, broccoli is categorised into two main types according to their appearance; heading and sprouting. Heading variety forms a large, solid head, whereas sprouting types forms many smaller heads or florets. The type I decided to try in our garden was the sprouting type. I used organic sprouting seeds I had ordered from Amazon and was very pleased how well they settled in our Bokashi fertilized soil. Above are the pictures of our broccoli after two months. Pretty impressive! Rather than waiting for the florets to form, I decided to start consuming delicious leaves which are excellent source of carotenoids and vitamin A;... Read More