Welcome to Bepa's Garden! This blog is about organic gardening, healthy eating and healthy living. Each month I will be posting Garden To-Do Lists, Tips & Techniques, Garden Project Plans, Photos from the Garden, Recipes and Book Reviews. I hope you enjoy reading and I hope I can inspire others to start a backyard garden! Happy Gardening! ~Rob~
I grew up living next to my grandparents, who were a huge part of my daily life. I would help my grandfather, Bepa, work in the gardens and start seedlings in the greenhouse, and I would work with my grandmother, Mema, in the kitchen making pierrogies and handmade egg drop noodles for homemade chicken soup. My grandparents both taught me a lot and I will cherish those memories for ever.
I was 14 when they passed away, and at the time I didn't realize what impact they would have on my life or how much I would appreciate the time I had spent with them. Throughout my life I hadn't gardened much or even gave it a second thought. I grew up, went to college, went to work, got married, had kids, decided I didn't like working for someone else and quit my job to start my own architectural design business.
After I got married and we bought our first house, the memories of my childhood started coming back. I remembered what is was like to work outside in the gardens and just "be" out in nature. It wasn't long before I put in our first garden which planted the "seed" for my new obsession. All the memories of working with my grandfather came flooding back and I soon wanted to learn as much as I could about gardening. Through several life events we became more aware of the state of our food system and the affect bad food has on our bodies. We became more conscious of what we ate and the impact it had on our health, so we became vegetarians, eating mostly organic, non-processed food. This change has made a huge impact on our lives and has fueled my gardening obsession into the desire to grow as much as our own food as possible and share the ideas and information with others.
I live in CT, in a suburban neighborhood, with my beautiful wife, two beautiful daughters, two dogs, four cats, a rabbit and two ducks, dreaming of someday moving to Vermont and starting a small organic farm, where I can trade my home office and computers for a barn and a tractor!