A lack of proper space compels the mind creatively
Above: Machu Picchu. Photo by Magnus Von Koeller
Photo by John Hartzell
Gardening can often be arduous. Just ask the Incas, who conceived of one of the coolest community gardens and agriculture designs in man-made history. On the slopes of the Peruvian Andes rests Machu Picchu.
The Inca civilization carved terraces that embraced the mountain's water drainage and cultivated soil that evidently is still fertile to this day.
The Incas are most known for Potatoes, Maize (corn), Quinoa (today’s favorite protein filled grain), and a medicinal herb Quinine known to cure malaria.
Though the garden I recently visited was no match to the intricate gardens of the Incas, it was very large and beautiful in its own rite. Sepulveda Community Gardens occupies 20 acres and contains almost 800 garden plots! The plots are about 10 feet by 20 feet. Only a tiny fee is required once a year just for the upkeep of the grounds. Water is supplied along with shovels, rakes, hoes and even wheel barrels.
Songbird & Lady Snow White
Have you ever noticed how when you're on vacation, the food tastes amazing? You could be eating something as simple as an orange, but it tastes like no other orange you've ever had? I always figured my taste buds were in hyper mode because I was far away from the daily stresses of life, surrounded by beauty, and learning about unfamiliar ways of life, eating food I wasn't accustomed to.
So, in my newfound gusto to live surrounded by a delicious, edible garden, I decided to search a little deeper for interesting & unique things to plant. I wanted to move beyond the typical 5 fruit trees and see if in fact, fruit from your yard can possibly taste as good as it does when vacationing on a tropical island. A futile mission it would seem, living in a big city located in the middle of the desert. But nothing is impossible...or so they say...
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I find everyday I live & breathe to be a gift.