Gardens in Yemen

On reading the latest issue of the Yemen Times, I think both my father and mother in law would smile a tad upon hearing that there are some gardens still surviving modern day Yemeni lifestyle in the cities.


Our compound though at the top of a mountain range has within its enclosed walls gardens and bee hives…some of the gardens are for the bees to pollenate and the others are for growing potato, tomato, and others like herbs and spices that can be made from drying the plants..


Contrary to many, Qat is not cultivated on their land…. Because it is grassy and has bushes eaten by the camels, sheep and goats they raise, they make sure Qat is not part of the animals’ staple. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the habit of Qat chewing- but not at a level of others in the area.


From the States we always send them seeds and when possible fertilizer for the gardens. My hubby has been in recent times researching ways to maximize the water that they do get from the wells and from the water lines installed some ten years ago…so far its been about keeping the water pools free of amoeba and other larvae by slightly chlorinating the pools regularly- this water is used for cleaning and washing- but is strictly watched so no one drinks from it…


My sister in law fell in love with the gardens here and has always wanted to ask that a shipment of good soil be taken to the compound- but the traveling difficulties have made such a thing is beyond our scope at the moment.


One day, I pray we can fulfill her wish- for now we delight in the sunflowers that grow in her neat gardens and eat sweet tasting potato that I have yet to see in Yemeni markets… A piece of paradise; most grateful to God indeed…


3 Responses to “Gardens in Yemen”

  1. January 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Lovely post.
    I would love to see the gardens, can’t you put up some photo’s?
    It remind me of a fascinating documentary I once saw on Cuba, In the cities citizens have taken over empty spaces and have created the most fascinating gardens there, in the most unusual places, growing all sorts of vegetables and fruits. Apparently Their cities have plots of land which are unused, but some had courtyard gardens or roof gardens.

  2. January 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I wish I could Aafke; but every single picture has someone in it- all of them without hijab/niqab (and I have looked at everything I have)…”They” are at home and well the pictures were taken with a clear understanding that none but us would see them.

    I would if I could…

  3. January 14, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I understand, perhaps another time, without people 🙂
    I loved the post anyway.

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