Friday, March 5, 2010
A Global Garden
Well it is almost time to start sprouting the RoofTop Garden at the Hotel. So I would like to put out a challenge to everyone!! Since the Blog is getting hits from all over the Planet...I would like the Garden to be Global.
So I'm curious to see if anyone...anywhere on the planet wants to send some seeds for us to grow. All of the product will be used in our Restaurant...with the overflow (if any...depending on my gardening skills) will go to the local Community Soup Kitchen. We are looking for Herb/Spice and Vegetable seeds..but if you have an interesting Fruit that will grow and mature quickly that works too.
Yesterday our Chef signed the contract with our only Local Farm..to provide us with fresh Local Vegetables this coming Season. The RoofTop garden is meant to provide all the things that this supplier will not be growing. The familiar and the not so familiar.
Our climate during the summer is short...I will start sprouting everything in the next month. During the summer we recieve sunlight till 11pm at night...so long days. Which should be excellent for plants. The Garden is going to be sustainable...built out of old buckets. I am going to build an Eco-Garden that is self watering (thru a siphoning tube system) and self fertilizing. With the odd bucket of Poo Water (rotting local foliage in water) to help with growth. It will be totally Organic...even the soil will be brought in (ours contains Oil). So I would prefer the seeds didn't come from plants that have been sprayed with pesticides or fed with chemicals. The Garden will basically be Pest Free because it's going to be built ontop of the Hotel...so no lil critters eating my labors of love. If your item needs more heat...I will tent the item to HotBox it. Be sure to send growing instructions on how YOU care for item during it's growth...along with any special tips your Mother or Grandmother gave you about it. A recipe that you use the item in would be quite excellent also.
So my goal is to see what arrives in the mail and try growing it...an experiment. Herbs and Veggies of all kinds should thrive....they soil will be a foot and a half in depth...so dont send anything that needs more room to grow. It will be very cool seeing what arrives from other countries. Enclose your favorite recipe for the seeds that you are sending. At the end of the season I will let alot of the plants go to seed...and mail back a variety of everything that was grown to anyone that sent seeds. A seed exchange of a sorts..haha. I would also be willing to pay any reasonable mailing costs if you like.
I am looking for things that you wouldn't normally find in stores or from suppliers. Something truly local in your region of the World. The odder the better.
As things mature I will snap pictures of my triumphs and my dismal failures..a running post to keep everyone up to date. I will also showcase your recipe on the Blog.
Anyone that is interested in the idea can email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a mailing address.
Way excited to get this started...Spring is starting....time for FRESH FOOD!!!!