Thursday, April 7, 2011

Micro Gardens at Work

Anyone can be a gardener. You don't need to have a green thumb and you don't even need a garden. Gardens are old school and the new trend is micro gardens. With raising concerns of pesticide and fungicide usage, consumers are craving wholesome food that is local and organic. As with most organic fruits and vegetables, the price tag of those delicious organic tomatoes or blueberries makes your mouth water and your wallet cry. Yet, our busy lifestyles are preventing some of us from simply playing in the dirt. (e.g. working mothers, single parents, grandparents who can't afford to retire early) Families are spending less time weeding, planting, and mowing the grass and more time working, commuting, and eating (I'll touch on raising obesity cases later). But this doesn't mean we can't plant and grown our own food.

According to Plant Green, they have a list of 66 things you can grow at home in a container, and not in a garden. I'll share their top 10 below and see if you are up the challenge for growing your own food that is extremely rewarding and gratifying. Even hops, the main "spice" ingredient in beer is on the list!

1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.
2. Kumquats
3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)
4. Blackberries
5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)
6. Pomegranate
7. Cherries
8. Figs
9. Pears
10. Dwarf oranges

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