She took advantage of the roof of the second floor of his house to grow vegetables, and found coexistence with nature and food.
Nidia Mónica Castro López created an urban rooftop garden in Culiacán, from nothing she was equipping the roof of her house with pots and has made the pandemic period her best hobby full of great satisfaction.
Her childhood memories around the plots and enjoying freshly cut vegetables motivated her to ride the wave of urban gardens. When everyone added concerns about the pandemic, Monica began to make pots and add new reasons for living.
It was all about finding a way to have access to the terrace, setting up a staircase, and starting to sow and plant. Nidia Mónica declares herself a lover of vegetables. One of her passions in her life as a traveler is visiting the city markets, soaking up the colors and aroma of fruits and vegetables; her husband’s, the architect Juan Carlos Rojo, is to observe the temples.
It was enough to see some videos of urban gardens to get down to work. The roofs of the houses are regularly idle spaces but exposed to the sun and to the hand of the water from the tinacos. They are two essential elements to sow. With the first sowings the magic was made: “and I was extremely moved to see the first germinations and from there began a stage of falling in love that has not ended, it is a wonderful attraction that the call of the earth has exerted”, she says with satisfaction .
When the issue of the pandemic came up and the staff was confined, Monica was still connected to the world, she obtained seeds of different vegetables in other cities through the networks, she prepared large wooden pots, and soon she generated an admirable garden. that made her feel connected with people and with nature.
Most of the plants in edible orchards have short cycles, so in a couple of months, they increased their crops. In her vegetable collection, she already has: lettuce, spinach, chard, arugula, onion, jamaica, poblano pepper, serrano pepper, bell pepper, 3 types of tomatoes, pineapples, green beans, beets, onions, carrots, corn, sweet potatoes, aromatic species, nopales and everything that fits or can be edible.
Her urban rooftop garden in Culiacán, in addition to being the only one, has kept it in a condition of organic cultivation. She herself generates her own fertilizers by raising worms and preparing compost. She thus guarantees that what she eats is healthy.
“I like to collect what is left of the plants, the fruits, and what we eat in the kitchen, to turn it into compost. And seeing how this whole process continues to generate life, arising from something that is inert, is a cycle that seems to me that when one observes it completely, it is like living and knowing how to face death.”
Staying in the care of your garden and observing the evolution of the crops and the cycle of the plants motivates you for better moods. “Another of the important retributions is as if you were meditating here, I forget the world. I can spend hours doing the work in the garden, whatever is necessary on a day-to-day basis, and I spend time in a strong connection with nature”, she affirms with satisfaction.
Many vegetables are of short cycles, but that allows you to have a dynamic roof, with different species all year round on a rotating basis. He comments that in the atrocious summer of Culiacán, in the month of September the afternoons are very pleasant on the roof, with fresh winds.
Her orchard is already transcending in the Villas del Río neighborhood. He says that on rainy days, some neighbors have curiously asked him what happens to his plants when it rains, thinking that the garden is destroyed. Laughing, he replies: Nothing, the plants are happier! To give the plants that happiness, he also harvests rainwater to irrigate.
For Nidia Mónica, one of the great motivations of having an urban garden is to always have food and eat what she is growing with great pleasure.
Her next project is to start teaching others to create a garden, she wants to hold workshops on urban gardens, “so that they can register from 5 years old to 99, hehehe,” she says with great satisfaction.
In addition to cultivation techniques “It is the love for what one does that allows the plants to grow and bear fruit. That is the most important thing in an orchard”, he says.
“If you have a garden at home you will not only have food, but also a lot of satisfaction and a lot of joy.” Nidia Mónica Castro López is a pioneer with her urban rooftop garden in Culiacán.
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