Porch gardening

Celebrate this Earth Day by adding some more green to the world! You don’t need a yard or a big garden to start growing fresh food for you and your family. If you have a balcony or a porch, you have more than enough space to start a small garden. Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to add more nutrients to your diet and it’s an activity that the whole family can get involved in. Your kids will love the excuse to play in the dirt and they’ll love eating the food that they helped to grow.

Tips for starting your own porch garden

Go vertical! Do you have an old over the door shoe organizer lying around? These are perfect for growing a ton of herbs in a small space! Check out these instructions.  You can also use a pallet for smaller vegetables or a trellis to grow climbing vegetables like green beans or tomatoes.

Start thinking about what herbs you’d like to plant. Maybe basil, mint, or thyme? Here’s a quick guide to the easiest herbs to grow and what foods they go best with.

You’ll only need a few tools to get started: some gloves, a small shovel, some good soil, seeds, and plant containers. Here are some tips for porch gardening on a budget. Make sure to check that your plants are getting enough (or not too much!) sun and water and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

No outdoor space? No worries! Citrus trees can be grown indoors by following these simple steps. They’re beautiful and nothing beats fresh oranges!

 

Check out these local schools involved in gardening (your kids might already know some great gardening tips) and get some more information on community gardening!

 

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