As you’ve seen in yesterday’s video, you can plant your own Miracle Garden on your balcony. So now you can grow your own organic herbs, fruits and vegetables as well as have them! In today’s video, Laura shares with us some planting tips to get you started, including sprouting pips, and planting roots as well as how to regrow plants (even the ones you buy at the supermarket!) and how to create the perfect environment for them to grow happily. Finally she also tells us how to tell that all is well with our growing plants.
This is so exciting, and I can’t wait to start my own little balcony farm! Hope you guys are loving this as much as I am 🙂 Watch the video and don’t forget to join the Balcony & Urban Gardening Group UAE for more tips as well as group activities (links below).
Come back tomorrow for another “Learn From The Masters” episode, this time with Rome’s Michelin Chef Oliver Glowig who will be showing us how to make a beautiful and delicious stuffed baby artichoke appetiser..
Balcony & Urban Gardening
Group – UAE
They are not horticulturalists or botanists, they are just people – mostly from the United Arab Emirates – who are passionate about gardening and especially growing their own organic vegetables, herbs and fruit trees and. … on the balcony.
The group’s activities include:
Meeting up once or twice a month to discuss ideas.
Swap seeds (heirloom only please!!). Hold short workshops.
Visit gardens, nurseries, and farms in the UAE.
You can join this group on Facebook, where you can ask and find information about any gardening subject as well as join their activities.
Facebook Page: Balcony And Urban Gardening Group in the UAE
Laura Allais-Mare is a trained Chef (she was trained in Italy) and a restaurant owner in South Africa. Her passion for food came from her mother, who was herself involved in Slow Food in South Africa and even started her own edible snail farm. Back in South Africa, Laura worked closely with the local farming communities, working with an organisation that empowered farmers to sustain their business by providing them with heirloom varieties of seeds. By doing this, Laura explains, farmers are able to dry out the seeds from one harvest and re-use them the next year, according to old-fashioned farming principles, rather than buying the seeds each year (necessary for genetically modified varieties), which can be a bankrupting expense for small-scale farmers.
Today Laura is the leader of the Dubai Convivium of Slow Food and is the founder of the Balcony &Urban Gardening Group. Her mission is to empower people to think about sustainable ways to live and empower locals to reserve their cultural food and local cuisine.