Friday’s Food (for Thought)

Throughout the week, I often bookmark articles that I find interesting enough to share at a later date. Hopefully you will find them as thought-provoking and encouraging as I do!

1. Small Space Gardening: 66 Things You Can Grow In Containers(via Planet Green)

I’ve had a handful of friends recently say how much they wish they had the space to grow edibles like I do. Honestly, it wasn’t until about a month ago that I came into such great luck. Prior to the massive amount of outdoor space that I now have, I made a point to grow crops (tomatoes, peas, herbs, root vegetables, and even corn!) in containers and planter boxes on a patio for several years. Whether you’re wondering what else is possible for you to grow wherever you’re at, or if you just don’t know where to begin, Planet Green has a fantastic article on container gardening that will point you in the right direction.

2. Window Farms: Energy Efficient Hydroponics for City Dwellers (via Re-Nest)

I wish I had known a little more about this idea before I moved out of my studio! Even though I got limited daylight, it would’ve been a cool experiment in extreme urban farming. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have a patio (or even fire escape) and you’re a fan of DIY projects, this could be a viable option. Made out of mostly recycled materials, people have grown everything from basil to lettuce to even tomatoes in these cool city gardens, and they even offer the design plans on their website for free.

3. “The failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another.” -a belief of Thomas Jefferson (and the Monticello Garden via The New York Times)

I can’t tell you how many mornings in the last week I’ve woken up and gone straight outside only to hover over a squash plant that was leaning the wrong way or a cucumber seedling that was looking weepy. Sometimes even gardeners (especially blogging gardeners!) get so afraid of failure that we work ourselves into a tizzy trying to do it all correctly, organically, inexpensively, beautifully, and with the highest success margin possible. I love reading articles that remind you it’s okay to fail sometimes; as long as you’re adventurous, experimental, push your own limits, and keep on trying, then according to Jefferson… you’re doing it right.


About Veronica Flores

Going big or going home.
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