CHOOSE TO GROW YOUR OWN SUSTAINABLE GARDEN
Everyone’s going crazy about having an indoor garden. It is becoming more and more popular nowadays. Not to mention the price, these plants were just a click away and delivered right at your door! But, what if I tell you that you can exercise your green thumb without breaking your wallet? During these trying times, many of us would like to squeeze our budget. So why not plant vegetables instead? Growing an herb and vegetable garden is ideal because it will not take much space and save you money in the long run, one snip at a time. Your little chunk of outdoor space will be your kitchen garden that keeps on giving and replenishing – a little will go a long way when it comes to growing your food.
Here are some tips to get started:
Choose the right spot.
Assess your sunlight situation. A balcony is your best option, especially for condo dwellers. If possible, and allowed by your property developer, you can also utilize your vertical garden walls.
Choose the right container.
Select the largest-sized containers that your space can accommodate, as this will require less watering. Most plants require at least six inches of potting soil, but root crops like carrots need deeper containers. Make sure your pots have drainage holes.
Choose the right plants.
- Basil is a resilient plant. Just remember to cut off the top of the basil plant instead of snipping the lower leaves.
- Chives go well as a garnish to almost any dish and produce beautiful purple flowers that are edible too and perfect for soups or sauces.
- Tomatoes, which are good anti-oxidants, are low-maintenance plants that require only regular watering and sunlight.
- Mint and rosemary can be planted in pots and placed in an area with plenty of sunlight. They are fragrant, fast-growing, and a great addition to recipes.
- Carrots need a box of about eight inches deep and with holes for drainage. They require very minimal attention and are very handy.
- Scallions are one of those plants that you can buy once and never again. Chop off the green top for your dish, and save the rest in a small cup of water and place in a sunny window sill. New edible greens will grow in a couple of days.
- Potatoes can grow in a container, too. Water the plants twice a day as you need to keep the soil moist, but be careful not to leave it overly wet.
- Greens like spinach, arugula, and lettuce work the same way as herbs. They will keep growing new leaves, and you can repeatedly harvest for the freshest salad.
- Microgreens are easy to care for as well. KeepPlease keep them in a shallow container and place them in a sunny spot in your condominium.
- Mushroom can be grown from virtually anywhere in your condo; it just needs a little space. Oyster and button mushrooms are the easiest to grow, and you will be ready to harvest in only a month.
It is very advisable to have a sustainable garden. Experiencing first hand the fresh harvest that can directly go to your plate. Greens can provide good health and an enjoyable hobby that makes it a perfect daily activity for the modern urban dweller.