23 February 2009


I signed up for a small plot with UGA family and graduate housing this morning. The area for gardening is approximately 10' X 10'. Not huge, but I can grow some peas and spinach and maybe something else. My work with the farmers in Mozambique inspired me, but I haven't had the chance until now to put my enthusiasm into practice.

I was never the gardener with enthusiasm that Chris was but I do like to garden. My parents kept a large garden to supply the table when I was a kid. My job was to help with weed control which I hated. Probably why I'm not so keen on gardening as others might be. As an ethnobotanist, I now realize that many of the weeds I was pulling were actually edible. Someday, maybe I'll garden just weeds.

UGA groundskeeping is holding a gardeners meeting on Wednesday evening to talk about how we can garden under drought. They're installing rain barrels, but of course there are other possibilities. I'm thinking dirty dishwater and the water run at the beginning of a shower are perfectly acceptable for watering my garden.

1 comment:

  1. The "greywater" (do you call it that in the States?) should do the trick. We have water restrictions here, too, on account of drought in much of the country. Our kitchen and bathroom run-off has been enough for our veggies and small courtyard garden. In fact, we often found ourselves with surplus, which was excellent during a spell of extremely hot weather last month. Good luck with the garden! Maybe you can update us one day.