Jharbati in Bangladesh What do pumpkins do

Pumpkins from Bangladesh grow in Bolzano

We asked the architect Susanne Waiz from the “donne nissà women” association four questions:

What exactly is the “donne nissà women” association doing in the Semirurali gardens?
The municipality of Bolzano gave us this piece of land in 2008, where the Semirurali gardens used to be. (The Semirurali Gardens were the gardens of the workers who were settled in Bolzano during the Fascism era. Editor's note) Gardeners from different countries can now create a small garden there. It would be good if it existed in every district. Unfortunately, such an international garden is currently only available in the Don Bosco district. The idea behind it is that migrants come into contact with Bolzano residents, with local people. So also with women and men from the neighborhood. Even older people with Alzheimer's have a small bed there. This is where friendships and cultural exchange develop. Maybe then it will be easier to put down roots? The nice thing is that we at the club do less every year. The gardeners work independently. They grow their vegetables, they talk to each other. What the association does: organize parties, put things together. As little as possible.

How do local and migrant gardening methods differ in the gardening methods?
Fundamental. The "locals" grow lettuce and tomatoes. The migrants bring their seeds with them from their countries. They have really great pumpkins, one variety is called Lao. I've never seen her before. Oh yes, and the bitter cucumber - that's almost medicine - looks like a zucchino and cleanses the body. The migrants like to build tall, they have many racks. They are ingenious gardeners and they are used to it: They also looked after themselves in their home country. You can do it.

Which plants do migrants prefer to grow?
Pumpkins, hot peppers, they like to eat spicy, aubergines. What they don't even grow is lettuce. They don't eat it.

Urban gardening is currently one of the “chic” movements in the western world. Why is that? Do we long for nature and “simple life”?
From my own experience - I also have a bed there, I only started gardening there: Yes, it is certainly very nice to have a garden. When I was stressed after a hard day at work, then I would start digging and rummaging in the earth there, letting off steam, it was good for me. It's like therapy. It is well suited for balancing out a mental, stressful activity.

To the book:
Sandra Sordini, Susanne Waiz, Giulia Dongilli,
Beatrice Tamagnini, Alessia Capra
common roots
Edition Raetia 2017
Bilingual edition
14.90 euros

Event tip:
Book presentation "common roots"
Location: Schullian Nursery, Bozen
Time: Friday, December 15, 5 p.m.