Grow Herbs in Home Gardens, Apartments, Patio, Roofs…

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by: Carol Giambri
If you thought about growing herbs or vegetables, gardening and eating healthy, wondering if you can grow home gardens in an apartment, on the patio, fence or roof let me say "take the shot."

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Pots With Holes on Bottom

Perhaps you have many questions that are holding you back.  Let's get down and play in the "dirt" talking about some common things that may be holding you back.  I'm going to call them "excuses" here, but they can be real to you.  Maybe I can help you break through the barrier that is holding back from "snipping from your own garden."  
I hope I can help you "slice" through your confusion or maze.  Okay, let's begin now. 

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Kids love to Garden Veggies too
3 Excuses to Not Grow Herbs…
Excuse 1Expensive.  If you are feeling the pinch of your own economy then here's a suggestion.  Share seeds with your friends and neighbors. If there are 5 people involved and buy cucumber seeds that cost $2.00 that is $.20 cents for each person. Next vegetable package for tomatoes cost $3.00 each will pay $.60. See how inexpensive this can be.  Find ways to unite with others even if it means finding a community garden where you can help with the labor or borrow tools that are usually there for all "renters" to use only at the plot.

Excuse 2Space.  Perhaps you aren't aware that you can use containers to garden in.  Some plants don't need a lot of room so a patio, small garden, or roof may be ideal to at least grow some plants. Growing herbs or even veggies can be don't require much room, but it all depends on the plant.  So plan on growing your favorite herbs.  Love using Italian herbs for sauces or salads try growing oregano and basil.  You can go with other herbal themes but I am using this as one that is very popular.
Excuse 3 – Time.  With 24 hours in a day, can you find a few minutes to tend to your container garden.  Prepare your soil that it holds lots of moisture and keep it in the right lighting that doesn't cook the plants but will allow them to grow. If you work you may have to water in the morning and also in the evening.  You decide and know the conditions of the plants to make it thrive.

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Farmer's Market During Week

Fresh is best…
When you grow your own you know when you harvested it. I prefer to organic seeds and soil.  Have you heard of Burpee Seeds?  They are very popular. Many garden centers near me in Denver, Colorado sell them. However surely check online by their name and their many kinds of seeds they sell.

Pick fresh…

Have you every gone to the Farmer's Market to buy your fresh vegetables, herbs or fruits?  You know how fresh they are as they have to sell the freshest to have you come back and buy again and again. Have you eaten fresh corn. Oh my gosh even raw it is super delicious.  It's called "give it to me raw." 
In Boulder, Colorado which is near by I love the Boulder Farmer's Market.  They have about 10,000-15,000 each Saturday come through 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. However I shop at other markets during the week.

"Take the Shot" Now…

The list of excuses we have can be real. However the joy of  gardening and eating fresh is amazing and worthwhile. I challenge you today to "take the shot" so you can try it and move forward. If you never tried it then you never tried it; however, if you took the shot then you will be amazed how gardening and eating healthier is fun, easy and delicious.  Think of a basketball player. If he never took the first shot would he be playing professional basketball perhaps.  You just never know till you "take the shot." Kids love gardening and will take the shot too.

Reflecting and Acting….

The joy of gardening and eating healthier far outweighs the excuses we can find or use to prevent us from gardening.  Are you ready to start eating healthier and fresher from the garden? It can start from your own garden, from the roof, over the fence, on your patio, in your small backyard or get to a community garden and do it there.  You have the Farmer's Market farmers to support if you choose not to garden at all. Try it on your own first and "take the shot! Practice makes "better."

P.S. My free kids 7 keys ebook is still available. Let's stay connected this way.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut, photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.






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Anastasiya Day January 2, 2012 at 7:42 am

Carol, great post and I love the pictures you have used within this article! Thanks for sharing. Have an amazing day :)

denny hagel January 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

Carol, you have convinced me that this WILL be the year we create our raised gardens…been procrastinating forever for just the reasons you mentioned!! Thanks for the motivation! (My grandkids will be thrilled!) Ha!

Jennifer Bennett January 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Love it Carol!  Love the tips as I've wondered how I can "grow" without taking a bunch of space in the backyard.  And I love going to the Farmer's Market.  Hoping to go more frequently this year!  Thanks for sharing another great one!

Michele January 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Wish I had some space to grow some tasty veggies. Love reading about your growing goodies! Always fun to read your posts and your grand daughter is the perfect model!

Rob Hodgins January 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

Great post Carol!
I got my older kids "into" gardening when we lived in an apartment. The "garden" was large pot (about 2 ft. diameter) that sat on our balcony. When we moved to a house in 1997 ripping up sod to make a "real" garden was at the top of my list. The older kids soon moved on from gardening to other issues like friends, jobs, high school. But, my younger kids kept the flame going until 2009!
Great memories!

Elvie Look January 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Please don't tell me that in January you are gardening already and your yard has green lawn and flowers! That is amazing. I have to wait until May to begin gardening season. Last year we had floods, so I hope this coming summer it will fare better.

donovan grant January 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

My wife loves to grow herbs indoors all year round and it's so much better for cooking than the powdered stuff. My fave herb is peppermint, there's nothing quite like grabbing a handful of leaves and gently stewing the to make mint tea! Takes me back to mummy's childhood remedies. Thanks Carol

Carol Giambri January 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Anastasiya, Glad you enjoyed pictures. Always fun seeing how to include them.  Thanks for post comment as well. It's fun writing and playing with words.  Glad they are understandable however. I appreciate you stopping by. Vision is to all healthy–pets and people too.

Carol Giambri January 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Denny, raised gardens are fun.  Try also square food gardening. Grow some herbs in containers to come inside when weather changes. Have fun.  Glad you are motivated.  Grandkids will love. Download free ebook for kids gardening keys.  Enjoy gardening.

Carol Giambri January 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Jennifer, Glad to share another post you enjoy.  So much fun to garden.  Just watching a plant or see grow up is amazing gift from HIM. My free ebook download may help with lessons. Hope to reach more homeschool folks. Actually all folks too. Save money, eat healthier and feeling great for all ages too including pets.

Carol Giambri January 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Michele, Thanks for sharing your comments. I agree–my granddaughter is great in pictures but in person darling.  Wish we could have her all summer.  Little space works great for container gardening and square foot.  Glad you enjoy reading the posts–another investment done into my writing world for copy, etc.  

Carol Giambri January 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Elvie, Thanks for sharing. I am gearing to start some indoor seeds inside for outside later.  Love gardening and the fun that comes with it besides the harvest. My yard today is white outside–snow is starting up again.  I remember your floods last year–container gardening would be great since they transport well. Oh I just eating healthy, feeling great and seeing my dog live well too.

Carol Giambri January 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Donovan, Would love to know about your mummy's childhood remedies. Fun to grow veggies and herbs for sure.  Fruits have to do outside or get to Farmer's Market. Sometimes at 6:30AM, EST to be first one on line or close to the front for great pricing. Thanks Donovan for sharing.  

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