Urban Garden 101

Urbanites all across the country are discovering what your grandma knew back in 1935: food straight from the garden tastes better, and makes good financial sense too.

The thing is, we don’t live on farms.

Enter Urban Farming, a trendy offshoot of the Food Movement, which focuses on ways that you can sustain yourself…well, sustainably.

But say you live on a crowded city block with a tiny rooftop outdoor space or maybe even just a window box.  If you’re like us, you draft the last wills and testaments of your houseplants before you even get them through the front door. But you don’t have to be horticulturally homicidal.

Herbs are the answer… and no, not that kind.

Here’s why:

1. Herbs are easy to grow. They’re tolerant of occasional neglect (it’s actually best to let the soil dry out a bit between waterings for best taste), and they do great in small containers.

2. Herbs make a BIG impact with your cooking and cocktails.  Sprinkle parsley on fish or potatoes, and add oregano to pizza you make (or get delivered – whatever, we don’t judge).  And let’s be real: Where would the mojito be without mint leaves?  Bottom line is that anything you make and even some things you order can become way more impressive with a dash of something you grew.

3. Herbs are expensive to buy at the store.  So use the four dollars you save to buy a four-dollar-nicer bottle of wine!

4. Many herbs are perennials. Read: just when you think they’re dead, they come back the next year to kick up your culinary expertise once again.

So what should you grow?  Herbs that thrive in urban environments (aka small spaces), and will get you some cooking cred include:

  • thyme
  • oregano
  • chives
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • mint
  • parsley
  • lemon balm

So go out there today and get gardening!

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4 Responses to “Urban Garden 101”
  1. Herbs also grow well indoors. Once winter hits you can move those babies inside to a sunny window & continue to grow year round.

  2. here says:

    Ditto above.

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