My name is Patrick, I’m 38 years old and I waited 36 years before planting my first seed. Since then, I'm enjoying & sharing my passion for Urban Gardening & for growing my own organic food on my balcony.
I was born & raised in France, always lived in urban areas, such as Paris, Amsterdam & now Berlin. Probably just like you, I did not know a lot about Nature, apart from some holy week-end escapes in the French countryside, from where my beloved grandparents really educated me to enjoy fresh, tasty & great organic food.
As a city dweller, I came to the conclusion that I never deepened this connection with Nature, because living in big cities often rhymes with stress, work and concrete.
My passion will show you that even if you live in a fast-paced urban environment made out of concrete, you can rediscover & recreate this necessary connection with Nature and Food through Urban Gardening. You won’t need a garden, just a tiny urban space on which you will grow your human curiosity as well as future healthy green organic food.
Urban Gardening started totally randomly for me & without any prior gardening knowledge. I deeply thought that Gardening was not made for me, due to past “traumatic” experiences. I’ve managed to kill the cactus my aunt gave me during her holidays in just a few weeks (I’m deeply sorry once again auntie!), most of my indoor plants never made it for long, and also the basil in pots I was buying at the supermarket was always dying after a few days. How could I think I was made for gardening?
I was looking to buy some random flowers for my balcony & windows, as most people do late Spring, so I went to a Gardening Centre. At the entrance there was this huge shelf full of seeds filled with radishes, lettuce, tomatoes grasping my attention. I looked at them with envy but also doubts. Now that I have a small terrace in Amsterdam, I said to myself why not give it a try? But I was also questioning myself, I had no predispositions to grow anything, nor the patience, I always labelled myself as “I don’t have a green thumb”. Never ever planted a seed in my whole life, my inner was already heading out towards future failures...How can I grow lettuce or radishes which anyway won’t be as beautiful & tasty compared to the ones I can find in grocery stores? Am I not going to just lose time & waste money?
But as a city dweller shopper, I had this buying impulse (for sure the best one I’ve ever had), so I got myself some soil, pots, seeds. Going back home, I found myself pretty ignorant as I did not know how or where to start. So I asked myself why are we not learning this at school? As humans, growing our own food should be a crucial part of the most basic education.
Right at the start, my intention was to grow fully organic and without any pesticides, why would I poison myself? After reading some basic online information, I gave it a try, and magic happened! A few days later, some of my lettuce seeds sprouted! These first little successes gave me the sufficient kick to keep on feeding my curiosity, trying to grow new varieties & learning about Nature through failures and successes.
Growing your own organic food is fully possible & accessible, because yes, we all have a green thumb, we just need to learn some easy basics.
Happy Growing & Green Love to you!