Monday, August 2, 2010

How can you grow all of that in there?

Tonight I was at a local dessert exchange.  At some point, someone asked me what I was growing in our garden.  I told them about the Earthbox collection we have.  Then they asked me, “what’s an Earthbox”.  I explained that Earthboxes were these miraculous little gems that let those of us with practically no space grow our own fresh produce.  The Earthbox holds about 2 cubic feet of potting media.  They have great guides and an active forum of users.  Apparently, some folks with a bit of yard even prefer Earthboxes to digging up dirt.

We don't have that kind of space but a friend walked it out heel-to-toe and announced we have about 100 sq. feet on our deck.

Right now we have watermelon, 2 types of peppers, sage, lettuces, arugula, collards, okra, crowder peas, four different types of tomatoes, eggplant, and cucumbers

Some of the nicest folks in the world, over at Green Roof Growers, have made the concept of fruit and vegetable gardening even more affordable and accessible for those who are even remotely handy (I’m not).  They give step-by-step instructions for making your own gardening containers at a substantially lower price.  They also tell you as much or as little about planting seeds, heck, crops in your containers.  If you are an early bird they may offer you some seedlings at a nominal price to get you started.

If you want to know more about Earthboxes or growing your own food here in Chicago, just ask and if I can’t answer it the folks over at Green Roof Growers (yep they are also right here in Chicago) most certainly can.

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