Award-winning visual artist is also an urban gardener, Part 3

Tarragon flowers.

More and more people are falling in love with growing their own produce. This includes city dwellers whose day jobs have nothing to do with agriculture.

Bru Sim, who runs the award-winning graphic design studio Electrolychee with her husband Marcus Nada, is an example.

In Part 1, she talked about her edible gardening journey. 

In Part 2, she talks about how she got into foraging, the joy it’s brought her, and the precautions she takes when looking for edible plants in a polluted city.

In the last part of the series, Sim offers tips for newbie gardeners that have resulted in success in her own garden:

Bru’s tips for people who want to start their own edible garden at home

Pick plants you want to eat. That being said, consider plants that are native to the Philippines or Asia as these will survive better.

Plan. Consider your plants’ sun and water requirements. Map out your space be it a container, vertical, or spacious garden bed.

Collect leaves, twigs and kitchen waste for compost instead of throwing it away. These are nutrient-rich soil amendments you can get for free.

Learn to ferment veggies and fruits. This will preserve your food plus and give you immune-boosting probiotics.

She also suggests the following resources to help new urban gardeners:

The Youtube channels David the Good and One Yard Revolution, both of which focus on growing a lot of food in small spaces.

The Facebook group Manila Grows Food, where city dwellers discuss the ups and downs, tips and tricks of edible gardening in the metro.

The Instagram accounts of foraging and fermenting master @Pascalbaudar and @growingwildseed, who documents her family’s life on the farm.

“UPLB (University of the Philippines Los Banos) has a brilliant course in Edible Landscaping (food forest meets landscaping),” Sim adds. “ISST (international School of Sustainable Tourism) tied up with UPLB for a seven day crash course this 2020.”

Photos taken with permission from Bru Sim’s Instagram account.

This article appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s May to June 2020 issue.

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Yvette Tan
Yvette Tan is Agriculture magazine's managing editor’s web editor. She is an award-winning writer who likes to eat, travel, and listen to stories about the strange and supernatural. She is dedicated to encouraging people to push for sustainable food sources and is an advocate of food security, food sovereignty, and the preservation of community foodways.

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