“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.” Wendell Barry – The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
Even if you have only a tiny patio or balcony, growing your own food is a possibility. No matter how little space you have, with a packet of seeds, a few pots or other container of your choice, you can turn a blank space into an edible landscape. Whether you grow an assortment of kitchen herbs or potted potatoes, carrots and beans it’s easy and can transform an urban space into a haven and retreat.
A few weekends ago, we picked up some cedar planters at our local plant store DePaul’s Urban Farm and then the kids got to work staining them and planting some carrots.
Soon we will have an awesome harvest of carrots.
Also too we have potted potatoes – so much easier to harvest because they are confined to one space than planting in a larger garden. For something a little different we added sunflowers into the mix – for a little flowery effect. They will bloom soon!
Whatever you chose, the main thing is to have fun with your planting and make a space which is visually and edibly pleasing.
At the end of the day, nothing compares to your own fresh grown food. Just as wonderful is that you really don’t need a lot of expertise or skill to grow them – especially beans, tomatoes, peas and any salad vegetable.
The past ten years have seen a rapid increase and high demand for real local sustainable food. Not a new idea, just one misplaced for about a century!… previously all food was local, mostly because there was not the ability to transport it, or the chemical fertilizers to mass-produce it.
Family gardeners restore and heal their little part of the world starting with their own space and being. Working the dirt, it is inevitable that knowledge, experience and success from those lessons unearthed in the garden tills into other areas of our lives ~ gratitude and thanksgiving for the harvest, family and friends!
“In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener”. ~Robert Rodale