The weather’s warmer and now’s the perfect time to get back out into your garden or start gardening for the first time!
Gardening is a wonderful, healthy activity which encourages you to be outdoors. It’s incredibly satisfying and good for your soul to work with the soil, tend and tidy a garden beds, water and feed as you watch the fruits of your labours grown and bloom. Better yet, you can enjoy your efforts indoors too – with flowers to fill your vases and delicious home-grown goodies to enhance your dinner table.
If your live in a city apartment – don’t be disheartened – you can also explore the benefits of gardening.
If you live in an apartment complex or there simply isn’t enough space for a garden, we have some great news for you! Micro gardens are perfect for apartment dwellers and busy people. You can create a productive, sustainable and productive micro garden. They also won’t take up too much of your time.
Anne Gibson, Australian micro garden expert and author, describes micro gardening as “intensive food ‘farming’ in containers and well-designed, small urban spaces”.
You can grow tiny indoor gardens in strawberry punnets where sprouts and/or microgreens such as spinach or rocket will thrive. You can also grow mushrooms in indoor humid spaces or herb gardens in tiny planters on your windowsill.
You don’t need a large space to produce fresh fruit and vegetables – you can have a garden on your patio, rooftop, balcony or in other small spaces. Just remember they will need adequate sunlight and regular watering.
Types of vegetable appropriate for micro gardens include:
• Microgreens such as spinach, chard and lettuces;
• Dwarf bok choy
• Baby carrots
• Fino verde basil
• Jing Bell peppers
• Fairy Tale eggplant
• Red Robin tomatoes and
• Rocky cucumber
There is nothing more satisfying and delicious than an organic salad made freshly from your very own garden!