This summer, instead of buying tomatoes at your local grocery store, imagine plucking your own ripe, red tomato off your own vine and sinking your teeth into it. It doesn’t have to be a fantasy. Growing fruits, veggies and herbs in urban spaces is a trend that is becoming more and more popular every day.
Savvy city dwellers are opting to grow local, sustainable food themselves, instead of buying it trucked in from hundreds or even thousands of miles away
The best part is you don’t need a large yard or garden to enjoy urban gardening. You can create a windowsill herb garden, plant a vertical garden in a smaller space, grow plants on your balcony or hang herb pots from your ceiling.
Gardening can be healthy. A study actually found a bacterium in soil that has antidepressant qualities. There you have it – playing in the dirt can make you happy. But that’s not all. Here’s what you could gain by getting a little dirt under your fingertips.
Fresh, flavorful and nutritious.
Picking fruits or vegetables at its peak, not only tastes better, it is more nutritious.
Sustainability. When you grow food locally you’re helping to reduce the impact of transporting food. It’s good for you, your wallet, and the planet.
Food Quality. Ever wonder where your food comes from, or how it was grown and what chemicals were used to grow them. By growing your own you never need to ask.
Gardening can provide you with a sense of accomplishment, increased physical activity, better health and more green space. When you tend a garden, your long, stressful day fades away ad your mood lifts as you connect with the soil and plants.
Your plants simply need light, water and soil.
1. Location. You want a spot that gets sun – ideally six to eight hours a day. No yard? No problem. You have other options, such as containers on a balcony, dick, rooftop, windowsill or even inside. Just be sure you’ll also be able to water them easily.
2. Decide what you want to grow. What veggies do you like the most or use the most? Tomatoes, herbs, and lettuce are ideal for small spaces. Root vegetables or fruit are better if you have a larger area.
3. Outside? If you’re planting outside, put your plants in the ground or containers after the risk of frost (lettuce, peas and greens can handle cool weather and can go out sooner). If you’re growing in containers, use potting soil and make sure they have drainage holes and room for your plants to grow. Are you starting out? You may want to try a few herbs first. Dill, mint, rosemary and basil are among those that are easy to grow and maintain inside or outside.
There are lots of plans online to help you with ideas and instructions and other creative ways to maximize your space.
Enjoy your garden this year and have a tomato on me.
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