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carmen cold frame watcherAlthough it’s late and I should be in bed, I found myself in my kitchen listening to moody wfmu music, restless in the smack of winter. My black cat Carmen yells me when she mistakes her bag of treats with the packets of Long Island Improved Brussel Sprouts, Romanesco Broccoli, and Tall Utah Celery that I begin to shake and open. I shake them even more and it drives her crazy: The seed starting season has begun.

Surrounded by bags of Bio-Mix seed starting medium and night harvest wine, I start the yearly ritual of growing your own, with the most basic of materials—seeds and dirt. It’s really not that complicated, but a ritual all the same, and the contemplative music makes me reflect on my North Jersey roots, wondering how a suburban girl ended up caring about Broccoli in the middle of January.

Over the past 8 years, whether while living in the city or on a llama farm in the sticks, I have managed to always have a garden, and became addicted to being as self sufficient as possible. Factory farms, genetically-modified seeds (GMOs), pesticides—–it’s all bad, and it really only takes some seeds to become independent of these atrocities, save money, and nourish yourself and your community through sustainable homegrown agriculture.

So, I’m excited to debut GrowIndie.com. Whether you have a container garden in New York City, or a couple of acres in Suburbia, you can grow a significant amount of food with small scale gardening.

Really, anyone can do it. I promise.

This year, follow along as I navigate a three-season garden, grow as much from seed as possible, experiment with edible landscaping, row covers and cover crops—-all from my 1/4 acre yard. And, I’ll go into detail (for better or for worse) so you can start growing your own as well. Take that Monsanto!

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. matt  |  March 30, 2009 at 1:23 am

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  • 2. Fleur-de-Lys Paul  |  July 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Yeah Robyn!
    way to go this site is great, by the way did Laurie ever tell you
    who got her into garlic? Thanks for putting us on your site!
    hope to see you & Paul on the 15th. Peace out.

  • 3. Mary Beth  |  May 31, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Thank you for the encouragement ♥ I shall start something tomorrow! It is never too late right?

  • 4. growindie  |  May 31, 2010 at 1:37 am

    It is never to late;) Now is always the perfect time to start growin’ something, even if you have to do it on your windowsill—-go for it!

  • 5. ek  |  June 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I was interested in following your site but bashing Monsanto doesn’t seem necessary. I think I will pass.

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