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Strategies For Growing Food In The Urban Setting
No matter where you live, there is always somewhere to grow ood. What ol-lows is an overview o our basic strategies or urban gardening. This is justto get your wheels turning. A little later we will get down to the nitty-gritty o how to grow ood.
The four general strategies are:1
Urban Growing Strategy 1: Container Gardening
You might live in a high-rise, or maybe your landlord won’t let you touch thelandscaping. Whatever the case, i you have no access to soil, you can growyour ood in containers on patios, roos or balconies, or even indoors, i youhave enough light. For practical suggestions regarding container gardening,please see page 81. What ollows are ideas to help you envision dierentways you can turn your apartment into a mini-arm.
A Window Garden
I you’ve got nothing else, you’ve got a window. Or we hope you do. Grow someherbs in your window. Herbs are a great way to get started on your armingcareer. They do well indoors, and don’t need much care. Store-bought herbsare expensive and never around when you need them. Once you get used tohaving resh herbs on hand, you’ll never go back to the packaged stu. Herbsare your gateway plants to a arming addiction.First and oremost you need a sunny window, because herbs are sun lov-ers. You might nd that herbs that grow well or you in the summer die o orgo into suspended animation during the short, dark days o winter. I that isthe case you should view them as a summer crop: grow as much as you canwhile you can and preserve them the excess or winter use. Just trim o theluxuriant growth, tie the stems in bundles and hang them upside down out o the sun to dry.But given sucient light, herbs are easy to grow indoors. Try the reliablewindow herbs rst — chives, parsley, cilantro and thyme. Basil and rosemarypreer to be outside, but can be coerced into living indoors, especially i they