McCauley Gardener Naomi Pahl
What is your name and how did you get into gardening?
What’s your favorite thing about gardening?
What’s not my favorite thing about gardening?!?! 🙂
Besides almost free food!?!
I will try to succinctly share one of my other favorite aspects: 🙂
Gardening is a therapy for me. As Audrey Hepburn opined, “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” There is something very hopeful in the act of growing and nurturing the food that in turn, grows and nurtures us. Gardening, if done sustainably is a symbiotic practice that connects us with our environment. It is an incredible way to get vitamin D, fresh air and exercise. There are a ton of other benefits as I outlined in a gardening post on my website entitled: Why You Need to Grow a Garden, and I would encourage everyone to grow something somewhere.
What makes McCauley a great gardening neighborhood?
Some of the cities first ‘home gardens’ were grown here in McCauley after our Fort became a city in 1894 and a large amount of settlers built houses around the train tracks located here. These immigrants brought seeds and knowledge from their home countries and shared with their neighbours, and that tradition continues to this day.
One of the first interactions I had after moving into our tiny house, was with my neighbour Qwong. He brought over a handful of squash seeds within minutes of seeing me plant my first garden. My friend, Momma Tony, who lived 2 doors down, showed me the correct homegrown tomatoes and herbs to use in her famous spaghetti sauce.
How would you describe your garden?
I grow as many varieties of fruit trees and shrubs as I have space available for, and am always planning and scheming about how I can fit more in. I have a large vegetable garden, a large herb garden and large perennial flower/fruit gardens surrounding the perimeter of my lot.
What’s the best gardening advice you’ve received?
What is your favorite thing to grow?
I really love planting and growing things that can grow and flourish on their own with little maintenance, but provide a big pay off(whether its fruit trees or medicinal herbs, certain veggies). I love perennial flowers and I also really love when annuals reseed themselves- my favorites are sunflowers, squash, marigolds, and calendula!
If you were a plant, what plant would you be and why?
Speaking of sunflowers! 😉 They are resilient. If a seed finds its way into even a tiny amount of dirt, even if it’s a crack in the side of the road, all it needs is a bit of water and a lot of sun and it will still grow strong and tall. Sunflowers are cheerful and provide nourishment to insects and birds and are prolific at reseeding themselves and spreading their warmth wherever nature plants them.
Where can people find out more about you and your projects?
I run a lifestyle blog called Renaissance Revival, where I talk about some of my passions: art, gardening, upcycling, DIY, mental health awareness, and parenting!