Our names are Martin and Bianca and we are based in Roscommon, Ireland. From an early age we spent a lot time in the garden, still now we have vivid childhood memories of picking and eating raspberries, apples and walnuts – each year anticipating the seasons treasures. We come from an IT and an architectural background, however we have never lost our passion for transitioning from a consumer to a producer lifestyle. We kept gardening on the side and ambitiously increasing our knowledge on plants and methods over the years. We have always appreciated feasting from the abundance of culinary delights in the garden not only for the superior flavor, but also for the nutritional benefits.
Our aim is to encourage others to set up their own gardens and increasing their quality of life by using the space they have. We try to make it as easy as possible by making videos, post up information, giving talks, running workshops and growing plants for various purposes. Please feel free to sign up to our email newsletter to receive an occasional update.
The primary objective of Gardens for Life is about researching and implementing methods of gardening mimicking natural systems closely to reduce maintenance to near zero whilst achieving an abundance of produce. One of the main benefits of a garden can be a better quality of life by providing exercise and relaxation. This can help reduce stress and leads to having more energy overall. A high degree of biodiversity of plants, animals and insects can turn a garden into a natural habitat. This helps to reduce pests and increase fertility without the use of chemicals. It also promotes healthy and rapid growth of cultivated plants.
A garden can save money and reduce carbon by harvesting truly locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested in season and directly from the garden. Consuming them immediately for the most nutritional benefit and natural flavor often never experienced before. Creating a connection with the land is important and in particular teaching children where food comes from is an important aspect of having a garden. Also it teaches an important principle of effort and reward, aka planting and harvesting. A garden can readily supply natural medicine and medicinal herbs such as Chamomile and Echinacea to reduce symptoms and cure a flu by boosting immune function.
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