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Grow your own: Urban Garden Tour, see how it’s done

By April Gaydos

Join Audubon de Mexico on an insightful tour of five edible gardens in San Miguel to help you build your knowledge and know-how through seeing the various approaches to urban gardening in several settings.

Grow Your Own! Urban Garden Tour, See How It’s Done!
Tue, Jan 21, 8:30am-4:30pm
100 pesos for Audubon and SOL SMA members
150 pesos non-members
Pre-registration and advance payment required

The tour will be given in Spanish and English, guided by Luc Monzies, co-founder of Saturday’s Farmers’ Market and La Bodega Organica, San Miguel’s newest organic product store and urban garden demonstration site. Luc has been growing healthy food professionally for many years and has recently co-founded an organic food network SOL-SMA (Sustainable Organic Local food network – San Miguel de Allende).

Growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs is extremely rewarding, but there can be particular challenges to overcome in an urban setting. Every garden space poses its own opportunities and constraints. Small narrow space? Exposed rooftop patio? Uncertain about plants suited to our high desert climate? Difficulty bending and kneeling? Tour participants will get answers to these questions as well as learn about soils, composting, planting seasons, and resources for gardeners.

The list of vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees being grown by home gardeners is impressive. One garden specializes in medicinal herbs. Another has eight different fruit trees as well as many vegetables and fruits.

San Miguel rooftops pose a challenge for edible (and other) plants because sun and wind dry out the soil. A simple greenhouse made with metal pipe and heavy plastic solved this problem at one garden.

One gardener was surprised at how easy it was to build her garden, and now she gets up in the morning and creates an omelet with fresh vegetables and herbs from her garden.

Another gardener was surprised at how much he could harvest just a month after his garden was built. “We have plenty of greens to eat and give away. It doesn’t require lots of space in your garden or a big budget, and it’s such a joy to grow the food you’ll soon eat,” he says.

Proceeds from the Urban Garden Tour will benefit Audubon’s conservation programs. One lucky participant will be the winner of six garden herbs and vegetable plants!

Space is limited. Pre-registration and advance payment is required to reserve your space. Deliver your payment, along with your name, email address, and telephone number to Audubon de Mexico, La Conexion, PMB 18MA (Cafe Monet location). An email confirmation will be sent to you with directions to the meeting place.

Questions? or phone: 415-106-1746.


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