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. 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 while 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, I’v had my hands in the dirt in a big way.
The MariLark of today continues to build community and enrich this corner of Berkeley Woods 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 help build back traditions into our community. Join us and say hello below.
Chief Designer and Gardener
Common Garden Myths
Myth #1 - I need a greenhouse to start seeds!
Myth #2: Growing Organic doesn't really matter
Myth #3: My home-grown tomatoes are expensive
Heirloom tomatoes grown at home will not only taste better, they are more nutritious and can be much cheaper than those in the store. Be careful, after growing your own tomatoes you may never want to buy a store “grown” tomato again. Many things come into play when growing tomatoes like the sun, whether you grow in a pot or in the ground and the type of tomato plant. But when you get the hang of it, find the perfect sunny location and get the right plants, yoiu will never look back. You probably already know that gardening for food requires certain maintenance like organic fertilizers, care if the soil and more, making most people think that you need to spend a lot of money to grow great tomatoes.
Gardening can actually helps you save money in the long run. And when you start saving seeds from your heirloom varieties, you will begin to grow plants for pennies and, I promise you, you will start growing them for the neighborhood. Your neighbors will love you! Having your own kitchen garden (or larger) at home is an not only an excellent source of healthy foods but it is good exercise and a great hobby that will bring you hours of enjoyment .