Welcome to MarilarkWhere we are building community one seed at a time!
This is a special place where my roots go deep.
I am the founder of the modern MariLark, but I am not the one who picked the lot, designed the home and finally built it here in what was known as Berkeley Woods. After a lot of sweat, back aches and more, the corner has been transformed to something close to its former glory. My love for gardening and eventually the thought of growing healthy food started after living here since 1996. I was seven or eight years old when I was up here for the first time in the late 1960’s. 25 Years later I moved in and for the past 20 years have got my hands into the dirt in a big way.
The MariLark of today continues to build community and enrich this corner of North Berkeley bringing the community together.
This website and associated BLOG is for those of you who care about traditions, about plant and animal biodiversity, urban gardening, seed saving, wholesome food and wholesome living. So, if you are one of us — the community builders and gardening fanatics, then this is for you to keep an eye on! Join us and become a fan of MariLark.
Myth #1 - I need a greenhouse to start seeds!
Myth #2: Organic Pesticide is Safe to Use
With this in mind, it is wrong to assume that organic pesticide is safe to use. It may cause fewer side effects as compared to chemical pesticide, but nevertheless, it still poses a threat to our health.
Myth #3: Gardening is Expensive!
For starters, it is recommended that you start growing plants that don’t need intensive care like perennial bushes and perennial edibles. Once you’ve established the garden well enough, then you can start growing other plants and crops. Also, if you know how to innovate some tools and do your research to avoid purchasing those expensive garden tools, then gardening will never cause a hole in your savings.
On the other note, gardening actually helps you save money. We all know how insanely expensive vegetables and spices may get, especially during off-peak season. And living in a country where seasons can change quite fast, this usually happens a lot. Having your own garden at home is an excellent source of healthy foods and good exercise.