(a purple finch in the city, hanging out next to green plastic....)
We have FOUND our apartment... our next 'forever-city-rental' home. On Sunday evening, after a weekend from... well- ya know, on the verge of simply going for the 'good enough' apartment, something magical happened. The Kijiji-Genie updated to show an apartment in the South End, for July 1st, under 1000$. Not to be mislead by wondrous pictures, I ordered Andrew to *STOP* cooking (yes, Andrew loves to cook) and we booted it over.
The friendly current tenant told me I would crap my pants... and she was right. 14 foot ceilings, crown molding, circle dealy on the ceiling, original hardwood floor, original (blocked off) fireplace... extra 300 sq feet of living... Oh my. I have been dreaming of just how many yogi-friends we'll be able to fit in our apartment for our weekly Yogaglo friend yoga.
The catch? You guessed it; no balcony. No green-outdoor space whatsoever. And my strawberries have actually re-appeared in the pot (I guess when they say perennial, they meant it!) and I JUST planted my organic broccoli seeds.
As we just chatted about, I have come to realize that gardening in the city is an essential and necessary aspect of reconnecting our Selves to community and assuring Nature's place in our urban lives.
Well crap, guess I gotta rethink my List.
My Strawberry plants actually flowering!
In concrete, desolate spaces, a few choice seeds, organic matter and soil mushed together in the form of a 'seed bomb' can explode into a cacophony of petals, pollen and Life. Tiny living plant-forms push up as they root down, the tadasana of Life, taking hold and opening up amongst the cement.
soon to be adopted Broccoli (really, they're under the dirt!)Guerrilla Yoga really is about spreading our practice, our Yoga (usually in the form of asana, but could be all other limbs and facets) to new and open spaces. By practicing together, surrounded by Life and community we are quietly and firmly rejoicing and growing. Our Yoga in the Parks (thanks to Climate Change) have been occurring much earlier this year and I am so excited to continue a practice of community and growth.
But what about the garden??? Unfortunately, after attending a local talk on Urban Gardening (Edible City), we found out that community plots are basically all taken, so that's out. Here are a few of my ideas so far, as obviously I am not giving up my Nurturing Garden in the City just yet.
- Plant my radishes and lettuce now and harvest the heck out of them while I can... they'll grow pretty fast and will be ready before we move.
- Adopt out my plants to my parents (who are planning on building a hot house) and Funemployment DIY friends Jen and Chris, who have much greener thumbs than us anyways. They also have a balcony and will be our neighbours! So sharing might happen (hint hint...mmm basil pesto).
- Ask the landlady if there is a spot for our container garden, somewhere...
- Station our planters near the side of the building and plant in them anyways... and see what happens (probably cats will pee in them.. but whatever).
- 'Guerrilla' garden in small areas around the building and hope no one notices.
- Try growing stuff inside...I think the rads have shelves, but they might get a little warm. We'll have all our indoor plants inside anyway, why couldn't lettuce grow inside too?? (lol, a sign of how little I know about gardening).
- Donate my seeds to local community gardens.
article and photograph by EcoYogini at ecoyogini.blogspot.com