I am no gardener, but I do love home grown vegetables and herbs. Being able to grow my own food, that I know is nutritious, organic, and as local as it gets makes me feel pretty empowered. Because I live in an apartment building I don't have a garden, but I do have a balcony, and therefore the best advantage out there for growing! Two summers ago we lived in a townhouse, and not only did we spend hours trying to get the polluted, cigarette butt infested, garbage laden, weed covered dirt from the previous renters out of there and replaced with actual soil, but we spent hours throwing rocks at the poor starving squirrels who feasted on everything we tried to grow! I hated gardening because of it!
Last year things were a lot easier, and this year even more so! We buy plants mid may because in our little nest there is no room for seedlings. This year we got a lot of them at a local market which had tons of variety. Balcony gardening is the fastest way to garden with the best results I think! It took us about 20 minutes to empty the containers of last years herbs and veggies, add fresh soil, plant and water everything. And the best part: no pests or weeding!
|thyme, parsley, chili peppers, and mint|
|cos lettuce, chives, cilantro, rosemary|
We are really looking forward to trying the heirloom tomatoes. A big problem with food these days is that with the thousands of varieties of veggies like tomatoes, we only get a handful in our grocery stores. This is not right. We can't appreciate the diversity and complexity of food when all we get are some rubbery, waxy, two week old genetically modified version of the real thing. This is why growing is so important!
|lettuce leaf basil, heirloom tomatoes (black russian and pineapple)|
|I can't live without this lovely lady!|
|welcome buddies! grow big and tall!|
|basil in its glory|
|come on out little one!|
|"i'll be a chili one day"|
|what will you look like?|
|decorative climbing sweet peas|