Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Her Urban Garden

I found this sweet NFB short film by way of You Grow Girl.

"In this short film, Halifax gardener Carol Bowlby harvests a mouth-watering crop from her small backyard plot. In considering soil quality, lack of space and a short growing season challenges rather than obstacles, she offers a wealth of practical growing tips for urban gardeners. By heeding Bowlby's advice, bountiful organic gardens work equally well on apartment balconies, in small or large city lots or in a rural setting."

I was 8 years old when this film was made. While Mrs. Bowlby was growing 8 foot tall tomato plants and peppers by the bucket load, I lived in row housing on the shore of Lake Ontario. The parking lot was my back yard. Saturday morning TVO was my babysitter and I was crushing hard on Michael Jackson and playing with Cabbage Patch dolls, not cabbages. I think I'm definitely channeling Mrs. Bowlby much more these days! I wonder where she is now and what happened to her garden?


Chile said...

Thank you for posting that. It was lovely and inspiring.

Amber said...

Glad you enjoyed it Chile. It definitely gave me the gardening itch.

Tricia said...

Love, Love, Loved that. Thanks for sharing. And i'm pleased to see i'm not the only person that gardens bare foot.

Umatji said...

so great - always love an inspire! Looks like a great spot you have here in blogland as well.