Since very early in my life I have been into organic gardens. Sometime because I wanted something to eat, like a carrot fresh from the ground. Sometimes because I had to weed between the rows if I wanted to stop for Ice-cream after baseball practice. In rural New Brunswick in themid eighties, there was no organic gardening as we know it today. There was only gardening, and it was everywhere. Everyone gardened, at least in comparison to today, and everyone cooked with the fruits of their labour and shared any abundance with their neighbours and family.
Somewhere between then and now (though some would argue an even earlier start to the decline) we have lost the sense of fulfillment and gratitude that comes with planting and harvesting from your own land……
Out of that thinking for my own family, Eat MY Shrubs was created as a way to bring people back, at least in modern terms, to a way of living that was once just living, but now is considered “organic” or “sustainable”.
In my work, there are no harsh chemicals. I think the roughest thing I use is cleaning vinegar…..
The name Eat MY Shrubs came from my love of the idea that we can plant beautiful gardens that are completely edible! Growing food does not have to be in a rectangular shaped, tilled-row garden. The best gardens are interplanted species, or polycultures. Some plants are only there to benefit the plants that we want to eat. They may attract beneficial insects, or fool herbaceous animals away from the plant we actually want. And, all this can be achieved without the use of harmful chemicals, or practices that destroy, what we now have come to realize is, the delicate balance of life in the soil.
Hence the tagline, “Not only are they beautiful, you can Eat MY Shrubs”
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“Not only are they beautiful. You can Eat MY Shrubs!”