Budget friendly urban farming

We want everyone to have access to fresh organic plants no matter the size (or existence) of your patio, or how green your thumb is! Now we’re no gardening experts, but our team is full of indoor urban gardeners and summer cultivators! So from our own experiences and research, we’d like to help you grow within your means! 

 

Indoor herbs

These herbs are resilient and low maintenance enough to thrive indoors.

Variety of fresh herbs in terra cotta pots in a window sill.  2 shot pano

 

Cilantro starter kits are a quick and easy way to grow this herb. If you’re using seeds, plant them sporadically so you’ll have more of a continuous supply. Cilantro does best in plastic containers or clay pots. Plant this herb by a window that gets lots of morning sunlight. Pick the cilantro leaves and add to tacos, fajitas, Rebecca’s Tempeh Black Bean & Yam Rice Skillet or our Cilantro Fiesta Slaw

Mint leaves are thick and durable. Perhaps this is why they took over my garden last year?  You can grow mint indoors by trimming the top of a mint plant and removing the bottom leaves. Place the trimming in a shallow bowl of water while exposed to direct sunlight. Check on the trimming daily, and once a root appears, wait until it’s sturdy (5 days to 1 week) and transfer to a pot! Take a handful of mint leaves and blend it up in your favorite smoothie! Like our Ginger Mint Strawberry Shortcake Prenatal Smoothie

Lemon Balm needs an adequate amount of light and water. But drainage is a must. This plant can conquer through wilting, so it’s best to underwater as opposed to over watering. When combined with chamomile lemon balm can add to the promotion of sleep and ease anxiety. Throw some lemon balm in our Supreme Sport Hydration Tonic for extra benefits and flavour! 

Chives grow pretty easily almost anywhere. They are actually one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors, during the winter time. Put your chives near a south facing window and ensure it gets 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. They contain many antioxidants and phytonutrients, and they add a great flavour to dishes! Add chives to our Herbed Garlic Vegan Cheese for extra flavour. 

Basil can be planted in front of a sunny window or outdoors. If planting from a seed, plant 6 weeks before last frost. Basil needs warm temperatures, so any kind of cold weather will result in a lost basil plant. 🙁 You can also grow a basil from a small trimming of an existing plant. Put a 4″ trimming in water for a week and wait for it sprout. Then transfer it into some well drained soil. Basil is rich in antioxidants and is an amazing for fighting inflammation! Use some of your fresh basil to make our ????Basil Grapefruit Smoothie or Sunflower Pesto

 

Grow your own Farmacy 

Cheap medicinal herbs don’t require much space and can provide quick holistic health fixes! (For quickest/easiest results use small seed starters/other starter kits when possible)

Aloe Vera is great for sun burns and minor rashes and it’s indoor friendly. Because it’s a succulent, it does best in dry conditions, making it a low maintenance option for plant care. TIP: Find a friend with an aloe plant, ask for a trimming and plant it in potting soil mix meant for cacti. Ensure your aloe vera plant is in a pot with many drainage holes, and near a window with light. The most common way aloe’s die is from over watering or water building up. 

Herb garden with different herbs planted in flower pots on a balcony. Marjoram, basil, mint, balm-mint.

Chamomile can help ease anxieties and give you a more restful sleep. Chamomile doesn’t require much sunlight, so you can start to grow it in the winter if you want to! Caring for your chamomile plant indoors is pretty easy. Water your plant at least once a week, and for best results put your plant near a south facing window. 

Echinacea boosts your body’s immune system and can even help relieve the pain of certain cold and flu symptoms. This plant will not fair well indoors, it requires a lot of sunlight and blooms in the Spring/Summer. It’s best to plant in the winter time when there is still a light frost. But a starter plant will do well outdoors when exposed to as much sun as possible! Only water if the soil contains little to no moisture. Echinacea does not require a lot of water. Add some fresh echinacea to our Recover Tea for added benefits!

 

Easy outdoor crops

No green thumb needed with these effortless crops. Our list of fail free produce will have you harvesting your little heart out ????

Rustic BalconyLettuce should be planted in the Spring or 6 weeks before your last frost date. They grow quickly and are easy to harvest. If you’re a beginner gardener start off with planting romaine or crisphead lettuce as these varieties are strong. Sub big leaves of lettuce in for collard, and make our Lemon Tempeh Collard Wraps

Tomatoes are a popular choice for gardeners everywhere! Smaller varieties of tomatoes like cherry tomatoes are best for small decks or patios. Getting a starter kit will be easier, but you can also grow them from seeds. If you’re using seeds make sure to plant in spring, 6-8 weeks before the average last frost date. Tomatoes need lots of light to thrive, but if you forget to water them once in while, they’re normally very forgiving. 

Green beans are very easy to grow and low maintenance. Plant them after the last frost (beans will not do well in cold/damp environments) and go for a bush variety because these do not need support. 

 

Table side the window and plants pot

Remember to plant what you like and experiment with different crops. Try not to get discourgaed if things don’t work out as well as you thought they would!

Even if you don’t go the route of growing edible herbs or crops, try planting some flowers outdoors or buy a small succulent for the window in your bedroom! Studies suggest living plants can increase attentiveness and overall well being. Planting with your kids can help teach them to appreciate nature, understand how much work goes into the food we consume and teaches them lifelong skills. Try having a growing party with your friends at a community garden or have a farm to table potluck once your crops have been harvested. 

 

For more healthy and bugdet friendly tips, read organic on the cheap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: 

Aloe vera- https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/aloe-vera/aloe-vera-plant-care.htm

Chamomile- https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/chamomile/grow-chamomile-indoors.htm

Echinacea-  https://www.planetnatural.com/growing-echinacea/ http://homeguides.sfgate.com/water-coneflowers-echinacea-24187.html

Lemon balm- https://www.thespruce.com/grow-lemon-balm-indoors-1902572 http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lemon-balm

Chives- http://growagoodlife.com/potting-up-chives/ http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-chives-6102.html

Lettuce- http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-lettuce-zmaz08amzmcc 

Tomatoes- http://www.almanac.com/plant/tomatoes http://lifehacker.com/the-seven-easiest-vegetables-to-grow-for-beginner-garde-1562176780

Green Beans- http://www.hgtv.ca/outdoors/blog/the-easiest-10-vegetables-to-grow-26514/

Basil- http://www.thekitchn.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-growing-basil-221272 https://draxe.com/benefits-of-basil/

Cilantro- http://plantozoid.com/how-to-grow-cilantro-indoors/

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