One of the big goals of this Flog is to help redefine “farmer”. I love the term “farmer” because it evokes imagery of a kind of relationship with the land, a balance of give and take that engenders appreciation and respect. For others though I think “farmer” means something totally different. However, it doesn’t take a straw hat and stained blue overalls, buck-toothed grin and a shotgun to be a farmer, ok – although that image is very entertaining and I like to joke about it. You can be a farmer even if you live in an apartment.
In the city, being a farmer is fun and dorky and rewarding and kinda cool like that you know?
So lets get this friggin’ Flog started. Right now my farm consists of a 20th floor apartment in the city of Manila, Philippines. Needless to say it’s not a farm in the “conventional” sense. Good thing I’m an unconventional farmer. I have a balcony where I’ll grow my “crops”, and that will be the focus of this adventure.
On gardening: I think it’s hard not to get a feeling of excitement when you’re holding a pack of seeds in your hand, getting ready to plant. Just knowing the power in those seeds, that they will sprout and grow into something vibrant and alive, it’s just awesome.
The fact that you are responsible for that growth is what makes cultivation so much fun for me. What can I do to help it grow faster? Bigger? More succulent? How do I make tomatoes taste more delicious? Peppers more spicy? These are questions that drive me to long hours pouring over Internet forums, books, videos, anything I can get my hands on.
More than just tweaking the growth, appearance or taste of my plants, what are all the different ways I can achieve those goals? Sure I can sprinkle a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer on my potted plants every 6 months and be done with it. But that’s just not that much fun.
You want to have a sense of accomplishment, like I did something really special and this is how my plant looks because of it, this is how my tomatoes taste…
So with this approach in mind, I’ll start my balcony garden and share all the different fun and totally unconventional methods I use to grow my plants, mostly revolving around Gil’s recipes. I’m not a professional and there is definitely a chance I’ll kill the plants with all my tweaking. In fact I’m going to say now it’s a guarantee I’ll kill some of the plants. Trying new things is half the fun for me though, and it will be for you too – what works and what fails. Along the way hopefully we’ll all learn something about growing a garden, unconventional style.
I’ll see you all next week to discuss “Garden Goals”!