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Hello and welcome to MariLark! 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 back in the day. After a lot of sweat, back aches and more, the corner has been transformed to its former glory. My love for gardening and eventually the thought of growing healthy food started after living here for a while. I was seven or eight years old when I was up here for the first time. 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 biodiversity, urban gardening, wholesome food and wholesome living. So, if you are one of us — the garden fanatics, then this website is for you! Join us and become a fan of MariLark.

Common Gardening Myths

Myth #1 – I need a greenhouse to start seeds!

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Not only do you NOT need a greenhouse to start seeds, many seeds can be directly sown in the ground. Yes, it helps to start seeds indoors when you live in a cold climate or when the winter light is short. This can be done by placing a few seeds in wet paper towel, folding the paper towel and placing it inside a baggie. If you can, reuse a baggie and hang it from a string near a window in your kitchen for seven to ten days. Once you see the roots begin to emerge from the seeds, place each one carefully in a fold it so that it  marking the baggie with the type of seed on a kitchen window seal

Myth #2 – It takes too much time to grow my own food!

Myth #3 – Seed Saving is hard to do and too much hassle!

Myth #4 – I need a greenhouse to start seeds

 

Seed Saving is hard

Why follow MariLark?

  1. We value you and the community you live in. Each corner of the world has a unique and biodiverse history, with a microclimate and culture like no other. Where seeds, stories and food has enriched the lives of you those that have come before you. MariLark – Our corner is a place to rest, a place to be part of something bigger. And we’d like to share a little bit of our corner of the world with you. Our world is a big one, where everyone is welcome, where we value diversity and the unique you!
  2. Grow with us and be a part of an evolving story where you are a part of it. Get involved, volunteer and make your own MariLark. Why not name your house or humble abode something that will have its own story, its own history and let the voices be heard.

– I need a greenhouse to start seeds!

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Not only do you NOT need a greenhouse to start seeds, many seeds can be directly sown in the ground. Yes, it helps to start seeds indoors when you live in a cold climate or when the winter light is short. This can be done by placing a few seeds in wet paper towel, folding the paper towel and placing it inside a baggie. If you can, reuse a baggie and hang it from a string near a window in your kitchen for seven to ten days. Once you see the roots begin to emerge from the seeds, place each one carefully in a fold it so that it  marking the baggie with the type of seed on a kitchen window seal

Myth #2 – It takes too much time to grow my own food!

Myth #3 – Seed Saving is hard to do and too much hassle!

Myth #4 – I need a greenhouse to start seeds

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