I get asked this question quite often. And the short answer is... my internal compass has always plotted a trajectory towards gardening.
I was born on a lush and verdant island in the West Indies, and after traveling to this country as a young child, I landed in an area of New York, ( which was to be my home for many years), with concrete sidewalks, concrete steps, and concrete backyards. As a child that became my entire world, my playground. But the longing to be surrounded by nature never left my soul.
I discovered gardening, and it became my lifeline!
When I became a Master Tree Steward, then a Certified Master Gardener, and finally a Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor, my world once again became lush, and vibrant.
I specialize in a method of gardening created by Mel Bartholomew, called Square Foot Gardening. I conduct workshops, and presentations for both adults and children. I endeavor to make gardening accessible to everyone, from the beginner gardener to the weary and seasoned gardener.
Within the lines of this column, I will impart my knowledge of gardening in general, and Square Foot Gardening in particular. I will share fundamental gardening principles, anecdotal insights, gardening wisdom, and advice. And along the way, reveal tips and trick to help you develop a green thumb while cultivating your very own beautiful and productive garden, in less space, with less time, and less work.
I hope you'll join me on this journey into Gardening, Nature, and Life!
Althea Llewellyn is an Environmental Educator, Speaker and Square Foot Gardening Specialist.
She is First Vice President, Master Gardeners of Union County. She is both a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener '12 and Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor.
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