Friday, May 13, 2011

Inspirations from the Big and Little Screens: My Urban Garden

There are so many videos that I have been meaning to share with you all, but just haven't gotten around to doing so. I can hear my mother's voice echoing in the distance, "Shit or get off the pot, daughter!" (I love my mother. She swears like a sailor.) Did I mention that I am a professional procrastinator? If only that job paid.  Well I'm finally doing it, shitting or getting of the pot that is, and am making these video posts a weekly feature.

For this first installment, I've chosen a sweet, 1984 short produced by the National Film Board of Canada featuring a woman named Carol Bowlby who grew massive amounts of food in her Nova Scotian urban backyard. Talk about packing it in! This lady had a mere 260 square feet of space in which to plant and was able to produce enough to keep her family of five in veggies for seven months out of the year. Now that's impressive. I've been able to glean several useful and thrifty tips on small space growing from the film. But the icing on the cake has to be the film's classic late 70s-early 80s ambiance: an earthy, handmade pottery sense of style set to an airy flute combined with tinkly xylophone soundtrack, just like all of the educational films us 40-somethings watched in elementary school. The helpful, timeless tidbits overlaid by the dated fashions and sounds make this one a real gem.


  1. Seriously, major flash backs from that vid. Not that any of said flashbacks had anything to do with a garden. Thanks! I am your newest follower :) Love your blog and I have spent too much time on it. We just bought our first pygmy goats today and we have raised rabbits for about 2 years and chickens for 1. As long as my neighbors don't tell, we will be fine :)

  2. This is a very inspiring video.

  3. I liked the idea of laying saved raspberry canes on the beds to keep cats from laying down on the seedlings. Lots of good stuff in there, that we all know now, but was much less common in the 70s.