I’ve always considered myself a healthy person. I’m athletic, I eat mostly a vegetarian diet and feel that I live a generally health conscience life. But after learning about what’s really in all that we consume, it became clear that unless a person makes some conscientious decisions about what they eat and the products they use, they are slowly poisoning themselves. I wanted to eliminate these things where I was able to. So, I slowly refilled my medicine cabinet with organic or homemade toiletries and started paying more attention to the labels on products, the food I was buying and questioning where it came from. While for the most part the agriculture industry here in Costa Rica is not saturated by GMO crops, many of the food that is available at the supermarket are products manufactured using altered crops.
The hubby and I decided that we would start a veggie garden. We have tons of space and the climate and soil here are ideal for growing. However, since I’ve never grown anything successfully, I wasn’t really sure how to begin. I starting collecting ideas and learned that it was possible to sprout seeds from kitchen scraps, which I found amazing. I can start a tomato plant from the seeds that are left on my cutting board? Really? I can have ayote (Costa Rican version of butternut squash) by sprouting the seeds inside rather than throwing them away? Yes.
|Cherry Tomato Sprouts|
I started viewing just about everything as potential food to grow. Curious, I attempted to sprout the seeds from the kitchen scraps of several types of chilies (Jalepeno, Aji, Rocoto, Panamanian), cherry tomatoes, ayote and even lemons.
I was so excited when after few days, there were roots growing out of the seeds. Neat-o!!
|Arugula, Swiss Chard and Wheat Grass|
I decided to do a raised bed garden like Miranda was using and asked my bro-in-law to build us two (we’ll be starting off with just one).
We live close to a wooded area that has really good, dark fertile soil (says the hubby who knows these things), so we’ve been making trips there, filling buckets, cleaning the soil, and slowly layering the bed with the cleaned soil.
|We also needed a fence to keep the doggies out — boy do they love to dig!!|
Hopefully in the next few days I’ll replant much of the stuff in the containers into the bed.
|First flower on the ayote 🙂|
|Arugula and Swiss Chard|
I have more seeds on the way with the intention of growing the veggies we use most regularly as well as a medicinal herb garden. We shall see how this all turns out…this would be a huge move up on the green thumb ladder from the cactus that I’ve had so much luck with 😉