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Dear readers,

You might have noticed I have not been blogging so much this gardening season.. This is because I moved to Instagramming my gardening experience.. So kindly follow for my latest gardening posts

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January 4 Closeups

leaf lettuce mix

leaf lettuce mix

parsley

parsley

pak choi

pak choi

roma tomato

roma tomato

beef steak

beef steak

roma tomato

roma tomato

san marzano

san marzano

roma tomato

roma tomato

lettuce

lettuce

parsley

parsley

mustard

mustard

thyme

thyme

cilantro

cilantro

dill

dill

parsley mix

parsley mix

beet leaves

beet leaves

mustard

mustard

Planted Raised Beds Available For Delivery!

With the success of my own square foot gardening raised beds, I was getting a lot of requests from readers to create raised beds for sale, so I’ve made a limited number of these beds which are made of high quality red wood and are planted with the best leafy greens to last until May.
The beds come in two sizes 1×3 ft squared and 2×4 ft squared.

    If interested, please email itallgrows@gmail.com for details.

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Coming Soon!

With the success my raised beds have had last year, I decided to create better, more beginner friendly raised beds to sell to all of you readers eager to start gardening but with no idea how..

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Stay tuned for my announcement soon!

Follow The Bee

My garden is buzzing with bees thanks to my tomato and pepper flowers.
Here is a garden photo tour brought to you by this pepper crazy bee:

A reader’s SFG experience

One of my very special readers Ahmed Alkandari who also blogs himself is starting his own square foot garden in his home.
He is following the Mel Barthalomew method, and has been seeing its Kuwaiti results through my experience.
This is truly the best feedback I can get; that I’ve proven to you that it does all grow in Kuwait, and inspired you enough to try it for your self.

Lets take a look at Ahmed’s work,

He created a plan for his raised beds. A plan is very important to help you stay organised and prepared.

He started his seeds indoors under fluorescent lights, weeks before the planting season.

He constructed his beds, and got his soil ingredients.
Ahmed is using his homemade compost which is very impressive, his plants will thank him.

He created Mel’s Mix which is a third of compost,perlite, and peat moss.

After mixing, he filled his beds.

He even constructed protective chicken wire covers, to protect against birds.

Next he planted out his beds with the seedlings.



Everything looks amazing, I am personally very proud of Ahmed, who is now inspiring me. Excellent, clean work. I am looking forward to seeing his happy garden grow.

Its hardening off time!

The growing season is here! And this means its time to get those seedlings planted outside, but before you do that, make sure you harden them off..
Your seedlings have been pampered indoors for weeks. They need to be introduced slowly to the elements of wind and intense sun.

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Initially, you will put plants outdoors only for short periods of time, perhaps for a couple of hours. You’ll want to set them in a semi-shaded area. Gradually, you will increase the time plants are kept outdoors; you also will gradually increase their exposure to sun. after about a week, these plants will be ready for the outdoor life

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As part of acclimating the plants to the outdoors, you also will cut back on watering. This will allow plants to toughen and will prepare them for being transplanted.

If you still havent prepared your soil, now is the best time; work some compost and mineral rock dust in your soil, turning it and preparing it for those hungry seedlings.

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It All Grows In Kuwait –
One Bloggers Green Fingered Journey  Interviewed by Arwa Aburawa

it-all-grows-gardening-organic-kuwait-alzainah-food-middle-east-greenAlzainah Albabtain, a 22 year old student, is growing her own food in the scorching heat of Kuwait and wants others to give it go too

A green fingered student from Kuwait is taking the blogosphere by storm with her ‘It All Grows’ blog. Filled to the rafters with gorgeous photos of lovely fruit and veg, recipes, and gardening tips, Alzainah wants to prove that “good fruits and vegetables don’t have to travel across the world to make it to your plate.” I caught up with her to find out how she got hooked on gardening and her insider tips for growers in the Middle East.

What inspired you to get your garden started?

I’ve always been fascinated by nature and wildlife, but never by gardening and how food is produced because, just like most people in Kuwait, the idea of growing food was quite foreign. I used to think that it took large expensive greenhouses a hundred kilometres away in Wafra with countless staff and complicated fertilizers to produce vegetables in Kuwait, until one of my relatives mentioned her 10 year old grandson’s cherry tomatoes, I was baffled! He grew cherry tomatoes in a container – I followed with questions like “outdoors? In our weather?” “Is it possible?”

I was completely shocked, and thought to myself, if a 10 year old can do it, I can at least try. The next day I went and bought seeds of whatever I found. I planted them in my back yard, under some palm trees, and with skepticism, I checked on them every other day. Once the seeds sprouted I started taking beautiful Micro photos, to show to my family. In a short time with a lot of research, I managed to turn my entire indoor pool into a greenhouse of cherry tomatoes.


After this gratifying experience, I was hooked, I found myself extremely passionate about gardening in Kuwait.

What have been the biggest barriers you have faced in getting your garden to bloom?

First, it was figuring out what grows when. All the research I was doing left me hungry to learn more, but I was having trouble relating general gardening principles to our desert conditions. Plant care is so different, and the seasons are the complete opposite.
It took me a while to figure out the seasons here, its like this; a short warm season, a long cool season, then short warm again, and then summer during which gardeners take a break.

Another issue was organic pest control. There is so little offered in Kuwait when it comes to organic products, so it took me a while to find what I use now, which is organic insecticidal soap. I would go to plant nurseries and for any problem there was always a chemical solution, whether for fertilizing or pest control and I refused to use any of their recommendations on my plants. To me, it just didn’t make sense to spray something which you need to wear a gas mask to handle, on the plants I wanted to eat.
The full interview can be found here  GreenProphet.com

Organic seeds from TerraGarden


For a huge organic seed collection by High Mowing, visit TerraGarden

I enjoyed looking through their seeds, and this is what I selected for the cool season

It’s still hot

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I’m keeping my seedlings in for now. It’s still too hot outside for anything to be in full sun. It is however, a good time to amend your soil with rich compost, the good microbes in compost need some time to give life to your soil, so expect the results a couple of weeks after application, right in time for those hungry young seedlings.

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