Veganism is not a diet, but a lifestyle, that incorporates compassion throughout every intention and activity. Living compassionately means perpetually learning. As I continue my education, I strive to use strictly cruelty-free methods and products in my garden. I aim to create an outdoor space that provides an abundance of resources for wildlife, as well as my family.
This blog will serve as a scrapbook to track the progress of my gardening history and will hopefully be useful to others. I enjoy taking photos of the plants and projects around my garden and watching their progress. If you follow along, you'll see my garden transform in appearance, wildlife-friendliness, sustainability, and profitability. To me, this is fun, fun, fun!
I'd like to introduce you to my garden!
My partner, Matt, and I bought our house in August 2010. The outdoor space was full of invasive plants: grass, Himalayan blackberry, laurel hedges, trees-of-heaven, English ivy, and English holly. These are some photos from the beginnings of our garden.
|That's the neighbor's grape vine mixed with blackberry along the back fence.|
In the spring, we invested many hours in digging out a half-circle vegetable garden bed.
|This was taken in April 2011, after way too much work pulling up sod!|
|Too many weeds- this was taken in June 2011.|
In our vegetable garden, we grew many things including kale, collards, spinach, lemon cucumbers, ground cherries, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and beets.
The dogs enjoyed the bounty too.
Mostly, we just enjoyed being outside in our space, planning and preparing the garden, and reveling in the enthusiasm with which our Philly city dogs were finally able to run around.
*The original "In My Vegan Life" blog title is a love note to my partner, Matt. We share an appreciation for Beatles' music and their song, "In My Life," holds significance for us. What can I say? I love that guy.