I thought that as this is Earth Day, I would take the opportunity to encourage all of you to grow some food this summer. If you have a yard, great, get out there and plant some stuff! If you don’t, it can be a little more tricky. If your only outdoor space is a deck you can do some container gardening. And if you don’t have any outdoor space, as long as you have a window, you can grow some basic things like herbs.
There are a few things to consider when container gardening. You want to make sure that you have large enough containers for plants to extend their roots and so that you’re not forced to constantly water them to keep them moist. You should include some drainage at the bottom of your pots so that your plants don’t get waterlogged. Putting something like gravel in the bottom will help you avoid this pitfall. As you won’t be able to rely on worms and the natural environment to replenish the nutrients in the soil make sure that you fertilize your plants regularly so that they get the nutrition they need to provide you with healthy produce. If you have large enough containers you can plant a couple of different plants together. Just make sure that they are compatible, i.e. that they have differing nutrient needs, so that they’re not competing for nutrients from the soil. You will need to be diligent about watering your plants as potted plants can dry out quite quickly and many of them require moist soil.
Choose your seeds wisely. Try to find a local supplier of heirloom seeds for a wide variety of vegetables and herbs that you would never see in the supermarket.