We are all aware of all the GMO foods that are being sold on the market, and that’s why it is always better for us to grow our own, safe food. You will know what you eat and you will not be worrying about pesticides and chemicals.
If we put small effort, we can all become a gardener. Don’t you want to grow your own strawberries, tomatoes, basil, peppers, spinach, kale, mesclun or chard?
Another important thing is that growing your own food is much cheaper. Just make sure you opt for the appropriate planter or container and make sure you learn how to do it properly. Start by finding some seeds or starter plants.
Here’s a list of many foods that you can grow even in an urban environment and even if you don’t have enough space for a garden. These tips will serve you a lot!
TREE FRUITS – INCLUDING APPLES
You don’t need much space; you can grow apples in a container, whether it is on the balcony or other small space. This technique is called espaliering.
These types of trees are especially good for beginning gardeners. Citrus trees can easily be grown indoors, so no matter how inexperienced you are, or how little outdoor space you have, you can still enjoy fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.
- Meyer lemons
- Dwarf oranges
Everyone thinks that they are very hard for growing, but you will be surprised how easy and simple these fruits are for growing, even in non-tropical climates. You can grow:
THE REAL SURPRISES
- Aloe vera
- Tea (herbal one)
- Hops (the ‘spice’ ingredient in beer is pretty easy to grow)
- Sweet peppers
- Hot peppers
- Summer squash
- Other squashes, such as pumpkin and acorn
- Golden midget watermelon
- Small cantaloupe
- Jenny lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)
Almost all herbs grow well indoors, but if you do any container-sharing, make sure you make a little research first and learn which herbs co-habitate well together (to prevent hogging of water for instance by one and leaving the others dried out).
- Swiss chard
- Mesclun greens
- Lettuces (from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
OTHER HEALTHY-SOUNDING STUFF
- More sprouts: lentil sprouts and mung bean
- Sugar snap peas
- Pole beans
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Asparagus (despite some disagreements and statements that it does not do well in a container. You should try if you are willing to risk)
Bonus: loofah (however, it is recommended that you grow it in a garden instead of in a container).