Preparing yourself and your garden for Ramadan requires weeks-long planning and execution.

It is well known that Ramadan demands our spiritual upliftment and it is required of us to do a lot of acts of worship this season, which means a lot of our time is spent on this acts of worship but a garden should not be left alone to weed over and destroy during this time.

As stated earlier, preparation for Ramadan takes a couple of time, these are some of the times that should have been put in place:

  • All heavy lifting duties like tilling, raising garden beds, setting trellises etc.
  • Setting garden paths and segments
  • Filling sac and planting bags
  • Sourcing hard to get seeds, manure etc.

The above is a list of things that should have been in place to facilitates the fulfilment of our duties to our garden and most importantly to the Almighty, then to ourselves during the month of Ramadan.

crops in bags
potatoes, garlic, onions

However, it is salvageable. You can do all these and more during this period, but maybe in a much lesser pace. If you already have a garden, you can go ahead and use some of the suggestions below.

Attend to your garden as early as 6:45 am after the morning prayer. 

This ensures that you can get things done in your garden before the sun rises and dehydration sets in, then set off to work.

 (I, honestly must say, that I don’t see how this is going to work out for people living and corporately working in Big Cities. But, hey, you can get your younger ones to do this, uhh, still I’m kinda sceptical about how this will end up for them too. Ahh! Maybe your neighbour can do it… hmmm)

List of things to do:

  1. Water your plants
  2. Look around for possible harvests, pest destructions, diseased plants etc.
  3. Remove weeds from your plant beds
  4. Adjust failing trellises and raise crippling plants
  5. Pull out diseased and pest infected plants, squash pest caterpillars and bugs (my absolute fav. part)
  6. Fill necessary potato and other tuber sacs
  7. Harvest.

Attend to your garden again around 5- 6 p.m. 

After the Asr prayer, work and during sunset. As I said, this may not work for everyone living in Big Cities.

List of things to do:

  1. This is the best time to transplant your nursery or thinned out plants from other seedbeds.
  2. Plant new seed.
  3. Water your plants.
  4. Look around for possible harvests, pest destructions, diseased plants etc.
  5. Remove weeds from your plant beds.
  6. Adjust failing trellises and raise crippling plants.
  7. Pull out diseased and pest infected plants, squash pest caterpillars and bugs.
  8. Fill the necessary potato and other tuber sacs.
  9. Harvest.

Now that we’ve established how you can work harmoniously to achieve the greater good for everyone involved during the Ramadan period, you can go ahead and grow beautiful and nourishing food. Don’t forget to include your harvests in your Sahoors and iftars. May the Almighty grant us goodness during this period, Aamiin.

you might want to checkout my other post about Life after Covid19: The Future of Food

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