Getting Into the Dirt

I am finally getting my hands dirty! I have wanted to plant a garden for a long time – perhaps some tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, some herbs. Nothing fancy and yet the whole thing seemed somewhat overwhelming for an urban gal like me. At least until I attended a 10 hour free workshop at the Botanical Gardens in Bogota.

The workshop is called Urban Agriculture and as its name suggests, participants learn how to create an organic urban garden, no matter whether they have a small plot of land or just a balcony to work with. We learned how to enrich the soil organically, plant, tend to our gardens and control unwanted pests without chemical pesticides. Given that we are close to the equator here, we can plant any time of year and have multiple crop cycles. Pretty cool stuff!


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