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Amma says we should plant gardens whenever we can. Even if we have limited space, there are lots of ways to plant gardens. We don't even need to have a yard or outdoor space. Gardens can be started both indoors and out, on baclonys and/or patios. Here are a numner of stories and resources for gardening.

"Even if only we have a tiny plot of land, we should try to grow a few vegetables using organic fertilizers. Spending some time with our plants, we should talk to them, kiss them and sing to them. This relationship will give us new vitality." - Amma

"Each family should plant a vegetable garden that can provide food for at least one day per month. Even aparments residents can grow vegetables in window boxes and on terraces." - Amma

Lessons I Learned from Gardening

Milk Crate Composting: Easy and Effective Ideas for Backyards & Balconies

Bluebirds of Happiness

Daily Ponderings at the Amma Center of New Mexico Garden

An Inquiry into the Lotus Garden at the San Ramon Ashram

Growing Food in Small Spaces

Indoor Gardening Guide

Temperature and Watering Tips for Planting

Clay Pot Irrigation

Sprouts in North America

Pigeon Garden

Get Growing Organically

40 Genius Space-Savvy Small Garden Ideas and Solutions

Design a Beautiful Urban Garden with These 26 Ideas

Vegetable Starting Times and High Altitude Strategies

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Lessons I Learned from Gardening
Peonies with stakes
Every part of the gardening process teaches us patience. For most plants, starting seeds require weeks to months of patiently waiting for the first shoots to appear. There is so much joy and hope when seeing those tiny little green shoots sticking out the soil. In the cold and often gloomy New England springs, those first signs of life bring me much joy. In the fast paced world we have become accustomed to living in, plants and vegetables teach us that everything happens in its due course

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Milk Crate Composting: Easy and Effective Ideas for Backyards & Balconies

Stirring the compost
I’m Iucky enough to live in a city with industrial compost - Toronto, Canada. I was merrily composting using my city’s service for years, but then I moved into a building complex, where I learned that apartment buildings have the option to opt-out of city compost. What?! My composting days came to a sudden halt.

Read more about my creative and successful solution of milk crate composting...

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Bluebirds of Happiness

Stirring the compost
The call to action to start a garden in the San Luis Valley of Colorado seemed like a conscious act of kindness and even the responsible thing to do. While carefully exploring the perfect site for setting up our raised beds, we discovered a pair of nesting mountain bluebirds just a few feet away in the elevated penthouse of our propane tank.

Would we be able to co-exist with the bluebirds and grow a garden?

Read more about what happened next…

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Daily Ponderings at the Amma Center New Mexico Garden

Take this as a sign
It is a joy joy and a privilege to live in our little oasis at 7600' here among the juniper and pine forests of the dry, New Mexico, high desert” writes an ashram sevite. Read here about a gardener’s daily ponderings at the Amma Center New Mexico.

Read about the garden at the Amma Center of new Mexico

An Inquiry into the Lotus Garden at the San Ramon Ashram

San Ramon ashram garden
GreenFriends interviews Amartya, the master gardener for the vegetable garden at the MA Center ashram in San Ramon. In this wide ranging intereview, Amartya explains the inspiration for the garden watering methods, what they decided to plant and where, delaing with pests and more.

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Growing Food in Small Spaces

Grwoing food in small spaces
In the wake of today’s plight - namely the confluence of the COVID-19 virus, environmental issues, and widespread poverty - growing healthy, organic food has become a critical priority for families and communities around the world. Even in the smallest of spaces, there are ways to grow intensively and organically. Outlined in this article are three main small space gardening techniques.

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Indoor Gardening Guide

Kale sprouts

Amma has recommended we try to grow our own fruits and vegetables. For those without a patio or garden space, you, too, can have fresh vegetables without going to the store - and also follow Amma’s wishes (as things get c, but with some effort and grace, it did not seem that difficult. If I can do it in my small apartment with not much light, I believe you can also make it happen.

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Growing Flowers in Pots
Potted flowers

Every green leaf holds carbon that could be in the atmosphere. Those green leaves can also fuel the abundant flowers that we all enjoy. Without large garden areas and the time needed to tend them, growing flowering plants in pots is a fun alternative and it can be easier than you think.

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Temperature and Watering Tips for Planting
Petunias

Have you wondered just what it takes to start growing vegetables and fowers? This article provides some great tips on temperature and watering needs and when you can start planting.

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Clay Pot Irrigation
Clay pot irrigation

As we look at another drought-filled season in many parts of the southwest US, it is a continuing imperative to try to conserve as much water as possible while increasing the efficiency and yield of our home gardens. Fortunately, we can turn to an age old method that is guaranteed to give you this level of conservation while improving yields in your garden.

Buried clay pot irrigation or "ollas", which is Spanish for pots, is a clever invention that has proven to increase productivity and significantly decrease water consumption for over 4,000 years around the globe.

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Sprouts in North America
Balcony sprouts

In the past, I had a garden plot and space to grow vegetables. I usually grew vegetables from store-bought seedlings. But now, I live in an apartment with a balcony. While I do not have access to a plot of land, I do have some space and a few hours of sunlight to grow plants. Last year, I grew kale in a planter and it was nice to be able to pick leaves for meals on a regular basis.

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Pigeon Garden
A pigeon garden

"A few years back, inspired by Amma’s InDeed Campaign for Nature, we started planting vegetables indoors and on the balcony. We started planting seeds indoors, using recycled clear plastic containers that act like a mini greenhouse. We’d then move the seedlings outdoors when the spring temperatures were high enough. In the summer, our balcony is covered in recycled pots and buckets, full of growing veggies. This year, in the early spring, before we started planting, some pigeons started frequenting our balcony."

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Get Growing
A pigeon garden

Learn how to grow organic vegetables easily and successfully!

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