Public concern about genetically modified foods and the pesticides used on them continues
Combined with the increase in the number of food allergies, consumers have becoming willing
to pay more for organic produce.
However, the increase in price for buying organic is more than many people are able to pay.
Because people want to know exactly where their food is coming from, how it was grown, and
what it contains, the art of gardening has been resurrected.
Not everyone has a yard, but the good news is that much of what we buy from the supermarket
produce department can be grown indoors.
Urban gardening is increasing in popularity, and it is truly amazing how much food can be grown
in as small a space as 10 square feet with some of the newest techniques, such as hydroponics.
The variety of plants that can be grown either indoors or on the smallest patio, as well as the number
of creative ways to grow them, is limited only by our imaginations.
Luckily, there are a lot of extremely imaginative gardeners with great ideas about how to make the
most of even the smallest space.
Sprouts, vegetables, fruits, herbs and even teas can not only be grown in a small apartment, but can
help transform any space into a healthier environment.
Here are a few essentials to consider, when getting started:
Indoor plants require adequate drainage, so the pots should have either holes or stones in the bottom.
Organic potting mixes are available at most gardening centers and have been formulated for specific
types of plants that have been proven to thrive in that type of soil.
If you’re feeling creative, you can even make your own mixes.
There are even methods for creating your own indoor compost that will virtually eliminate food
Adequate sunlight is also a factor, so if you don’t have many windows, you might consider purchasing
It’s guaranteed to be a good investment, since it allows you to maintain optimum light and temperature
conditions year round.
Sprouts are jam-packed with beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
They’re inexpensive, require very little care, and can even be eaten raw.
Many of them even contain anti-cancer properties in addition to other vital nutrients.
Some popular sprouts include alfalfa and sunflower.
Vegetables that can be grown indoors include:
Space Is Not An Issue…
Instead of a hanging indoor houseplant, consider a hanging basket of lettuce as greenery that
doubles as an ingredient of a healthy salad.
Or create a space-saving mason jar garden.
Even if you don’t have adequate space for full-grown vegetable plants, you don’t have to miss out
on their superior taste and nutritive value.
Studies have shown that “microgreens”, which are the young seedlings and shoots of veggies like
kale, Swiss chard, radishes and beets may have even more nutritional value than the full grown versions.
Grow Fruits, Too
Surprisingly, it’s even possible to grow fruits as well as vegetables indoors, including some that
grow on small trees.
and even watermelons…
…can be grown indoors.
Growing a lemon tree indoors serves the triple purpose of oxygenating the air, providing a lovely
natural scent without toxic chemicals and producing flavorful fruit rich in vitamin C.
According to experts, with proper mulching, almost anything is possible.
One of the bonus features of container gardening is the opportunity it provides for exercising
your own creative flair to create beauty as well as healthy food.
Many gardeners make caring for their gardens more enjoyable by planting flowers for a splash
of lovely color as well as scent in the same pot as vegetables and herbs.
There is even a guide that explains which plants grow well together.
More Food for Thought…
As the prices of organic herbs and produce continue to skyrocket, it won’t take long for this
investment to pay for itself.
You can even sell any surplus at your local farmer’s market.
Sharing with your neighbors is also a great way to strengthen community ties.
The psychological benefits of gardening are as compelling as the economic, nutritional and social
benefits, which is definitely food for thought.
About the Author:
Philip Piletic – Originally from Europe, currently situated in Brisbane, AUS where I work & live. I have a strong interest in ecology, “green” practices and generally living a sustainable and responsible lifestyle. I love to share my experience with others by contributing to several blogs and helping others achieve success. If you want to include a social media, here’s my Linked in: https://au.linkedin.com/in/philippiletic
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