My name is Marija Bacic Main (pronounced Maria) welcoming you to Urban Secret Gardens' blog. The objective is simple: to share stories, information and tips about urban gardens. However, my personal goal is to get you hooked on gardening, experience its pleasure, gratification and help you overcome the frustrations that plague every urban gardener.
The fact that I am the only "devoted" gardener in our family hasn't stopped me from engaging my two teenage daughters and husband in helping me with various gardening chores at home or at our allotment plot at the Leslie Street Community Garden in Toronto.
Over the years, a genuine interest in growing flowers and edibles has emerged amongst our family. Every winter, my daughters become more inquisitive about what I plan on planting in the upcoming season. Jackie attacks a weeding session with great determination, Fiona ensures the garden looks visually pleasing and my husband fenced my entire plot at the end of last season.
While at our garden last June, a photographer from The Star came by and asked to take photos of our family working our plot. Fiona's photo was chosen as
one of the lead photos for an article by Mark Cullen about Urban Gardening: http://on.thestar.com/1OjIRxW
I was pleased about being part of an article that promoted urban gardening and proud that Fiona and my salmon poppies were featured. The article captures
why I love gardening in a community setting:
"The exchange of cultural information as it relates to the plants that you are growing is just as important as the exchange of greetings early in the morning. We connect with each other on a very special level when we share our interests with like minded individuals".
This time last year, as we were preparing our girls to head to camp for a month, Jackie surprised me with her request to go to the allotment garden the night before she was to leave for camp. Jackie wanted to see the "before and after" changes that were going to happen while she was away. Though it was already getting dark, we rushed to our plot to take note of how our tomatoes, beans and dahlias were coming along. I was thrilled that Jackie made a personal connection with gardening as she chose to spend time at the garden over hanging out with her friends or watching Netflix the night before leaving for camp.
This is the ultimate goal of Urban Secret Gardens and of this blog – to inspire urban dwellers to make a connection with gardening and feel compelled to dig in and plant a garden!