A garden for the future

By Christian BlockMisch Pautsch Switch to German for original article

Nadira Anahata has been active in the transition movement for about ten years. Born in Pakistan, she is convinced that the way of gardening has to change, but also the choice of plants in view of climate change.

It is one of those days, of which we have had a few this year. Already in the morning, the thermometer is not far from the 30 degree mark. The earth is cracking and the drought stress has left its mark on the beds.

Nadira Anahata uses the adjectives "unpredictable" and "extreme" to describe the weather. The tour through the small community garden north of the capital shows a picture full of contrasts. Some things grow like crazy, others hardly at all. "The conventional ways are really not working. We've planted the pole beans three times", observes Nadira Anahata. The carrots, a winter crop in Nadira's origin, Pakistan, are not growing either. She lays the seedlings, which she wants to plant later, on the ground. With our combined forces, we move a picnic bench into the shade. Nevertheless, the sun is oppressive.

Nadira Anahata has been part of the transition movement in Luxembourg for a good decade. But her connection with the plant world has deeper roots. Her early childhood in Pakistan records her first encounters with the garden. "When I was a child, the first thing I would do is get up in the morning, go to the garden, and dig up something and eat it", she recalls. Even though Anahata lived in flat flats for many years in her life, she says gardening and her love for plants were always present. In the 1970s, for example, she studied the effects of herbs and essential oils. "I still work a lot with, let's say, unusual plants", says Anahata, meaning edible plants or those with medicinal effects.

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