My Organic Garden by Jumana Al Awadhi

Once at a natural nutrition discussion in Kuwait, I was encouraging the audience to start an organic home garden in the courtyard, garden, or even on the roof at home. I showed images of my garden in Oxford to explain how easy the process was. The reactions of the attendees ranged from encouragement to those who made excuses like the weather in Kuwait and the hot sun that burns saplings; or how the weather in European countries is better and their soil is more conducive to cultivation.

The funny thing is that when I show people in Oxford the pictures of my garden in Kuwait their reaction is always impressive. They feel sad because their houses and gardens are so small compared to our homes! Their thoughts revolved around the ease of farming in Kuwait due to the provision of ample space, sun, and the weather where winter temperatures do not reach below zero.

The lesson we learn here is that the one who wants to start an organic garden at home will be able to do so inevitably, regardless of the country and its weather; and those who do not want to do so will find many excuses simply because “the grass is always green in the neighbor’s garden”. It’s easy to see others points of strength and weaknesses. But the focus on ourselves and our goals and what we want to achieve needs a real desire to cause the required change.

Starting your own organic garden requires some reading and learning about the climate in your country. What I grow in my house in Dubai is different from what I grow in Kuwait. The best way to start this project is to talk to farmers and learn about the seasons in your country, and then choose good organic seeds from reliable sites on the Internet.

You can plant everything in Kuwait at the right time and with certain preparations – such as a cover or protection from the sun during the summer. I remember planting pumpkins, melons, figs, strawberries, raspberries, lemons and all kinds of plants; even European ones like kale, Swiss chard and many others. Gardening is daily fun work that bonds family members and connects them to nature also. Studies indicate that the probability of a child eating vegetables increases if they watch them grow and get to know them up close. No wonder agriculture is the most modern school activity around the world and the most prestigious schools in Japan, Europe, and the US focus on it.

The daily crop of your garden might fulfill your needs, but more importantly, it provides the best organic nutrients and it’s better to consume it directly after harvesting.

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