Grow Your Herbs and Vegetables With or Without Land

Wed, Mar 24, 2010


Whether people want to be more eco-friendly, spend less money on food, or just be more healthy the one thing they almost immediately consider is growing their own foods. Herbs, vegetables, fruits can all be grown fairly easily with the right conditions, but how to grow them if you don’t own your own land?

Lack of land is a major problem that many people run into, especially in urban areas, and they give up before they even start trying to grow anything. The solution would be to have a container garden. If all the natural light you have is in a window, work with small terracotta pots (available at your local dollar store or equivalent). If you have a balcony, get larger ones to do your gardening outside.

If outside on a balcony or if you have a spot where large pots can get plenty of sun, try growing beans and peas which grow vertically on trellises, you just need a pot big enough to hold the roots. Remember if you have large pots or plant boxes with bare spots, some vegetables can grow between other things like rhubarb, swiss chard or strawberries.

When growing on ledges or in window sills, choose ones that get the most sun during (8 to 10 hours) the day. These are best for plants like herbs, lettuce, endive, arugula,  tomatoes, and peppers. Watch the amount of water you give your plants, if you give too much they could get root rot. Choose containers that have small holes in the bottom to allow the soil to drain properly.

The Daily Green also has a post on six plants that can be grown almost anywhere. Among the two edible plants they name are herbs and cherry tomatoes. The National Trust also suggests lettuce, radishes, beetroot, rainbow chard and creeping rosemary as the top 5 vegetables to grow in window boxes.

If you don’t have enough space for yourself, look into community gardens or garden plots where you can rent a space for your veggies.

For more information on growing your own vegetables, check out Container Gardening, Earth First, Directgov: Environment and Greener Living, and Local Food Sandusky.

Do you have any suggestions for new gardeners? How about your favorite plants to grow at home? Please leave a comment and share with the community!

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