Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My garden is a shoebox!

Photo: Earthbox

Laetitia Mailhes, a blogger on Yahoo Green, was writing about "Growing Food in a Shoebox"
What she is talking about is not literally growing tomatoes in your old Nike box, but rather taking a small amount of space, like a pot, and growing food in it.
Earthbox, a Pennsylvania-based company, has been proposing that folks do this since 1994. Its concept is beautifully simple and effective: Bring nature to you in the form of a food-growing box designed to yield gorgeous, delicious crops with minimum effort. No farming skills necessary. Just enough direct sunlight and follow the instructions! Earthboxes while Pretty and pretty much all inclusive to container gardening are a tad expensive. But I am told they are worth it. Anyway take a read of Laetitia's post and tell me what you think of container gardening in the comments page. I know this about it… You can get some very satisfying results.
Mailhes writes in her post:

"Witnessing the miracle of nature at work, from a seed buried in the soil to a plant ready to be picked and enjoyed, is bound to transform our relationship with food.

In fact, this is precisely the premise that inspired Seb Mayfield to create the One Plot Pledge campaign that launched in Britain on March 25. Mayfield says:

I've been enrolling people into growing their own food because I believe it is crucial for them to experience the delayed satisfaction of watching something grow. Once this experience has captured their imagination, it is a lot easier to bring them into the conversation about food security and farming-related environmental issues."
So do you try any container gardening at home?
Also, what if any, types of containers do you have?


Simply Green said...

I have tried, unsuccessfully, growing cherry tomatoes in a pot. I don't get enough sun on my side of the building (I live in an apartment).

Do you know of any plants that require little sunlight to grow? Anything about this would be much appreciated!

Love the idea, wish I could make it work for me!

Robj98168 said...

ANy of your root crops (radishes, Beets, turnips) should do fine in the situation you describe, also lettuces, chard, greens should do good also