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A Greener Life (Part Two): Growing Delicious Food in Small Spaces

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The crunch of freshly cut greens in a salad or that first bite into a tomato fresh from the vine are indescribable experiences to people who limit themselves to supermarket produce due to the mistaken belief that they lack the time or space to garden. Mopfrog of Danbury, an eco-friendly cleaning company, offers the following container gardening tips in order to enjoy fresh edibles from small living spaces.

Finding Space to Garden

If you have shied away from home gardening because you are convinced that you will have to till up your entire backyard, or perform hours of back-breaking labor, such as pulling up weeds, you will be pleased to know that this is not the case. Gardening can fit easily into both tiny apartments and hectic work schedules.

Finding a Location

Once you realize that gardening does not have to be done on a massive scale to be successful, it becomes far easier to see the possibilities in your own home situation. For those who live in urban neighborhoods where digging up a plot in the backyard is not possible, container gardens can be placed on a windowsill, balcony, deck or even tucked into an unused corner of a building’s rooftop. If none of these options are available, consider joining a community gardening group where you can rent or share a plot of ground in your neighborhood for gardening.

Deciding What to Plant

It can be easy to stray out into the weeds when trying to decide what to plant because of the endless possibilities. If you are a beginning gardener, consider starting with easy-to-grow varieties of produce that you regularly consume, such as greens, fresh herbs or cherry tomatoes and then adding other varieties as your confidence level soars.

Salad greens grow fast and can often be harvested multiple times from a single planting to provide a constant supply. In fact, even experienced gardeners who grow vegetables each summer in a traditional plot setting often grow greens and other low maintenance plants inside to enjoy during the winter. After planting, most greens require only water to flourish and the harvesting can often begin just two to three weeks after planting.

Learning to add to your family’s diet through gardening is a worthwhile skill with tasty, nutritious rewards. Check back for additional tips on gardening and other ways to live more lightly upon the earth.

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A Greener Life (Part One): Why Gardening is the Logical Next Step for Both You & the Earth

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Eating a wide variety of organically grown foods is a great way to live a greener, healthier lifestyle, but sourcing the best quality fresh fruits and vegetables can be both difficult and expensive. Many environmentally conscious families are finding gardening to be an economical way to add these foods to their table while enjoying time together as a family and learning more about the importance of nourishing the soil so that it can nourish them in return.

Anyone Can Do It, Everyone Should Try It

Unlike some other hobbies and activities, gardening requires no special clothing, and only minimal tools. It has no size requirement and can be done equally well in a backyard plot, on a rooftop or a deck, or even in a sunny window. All you need is a little bit of soil, seeds and the desire to learn.

Nourishment from the Soil

One of the most worrisome issues with typical grocery store produce is the soil in which it is grown. Farmed for generations, millions of acres of soil has become so depleted of nutrition that growers must apply heavy doses of commercial fertilizers to get the plants to grow. Many of these fertilizers are polluting the soil as they contain heavy metals like, arsenic, lead and cadmium.

Consumers who purchase produce grown with these commercial fertilizers are unwittingly risking exposure to toxic substances, but the problem is even larger. With little vegetation to hold this commercially enhanced soil in place, rainwater erodes it and then carries it to nearby waterways where it kills or damages entire ecosystems and soon makes its way into drinking water supplies.

The Cycle of Soil Life

The choice to grow organic food requires nurturing the soil, as well as the seed. Although this may sound difficult, it is actually very easy to do through learning to use food scraps and common household debris, such as leaves, grass clippings and coffee grounds to nourish and enrich the soil without the use of commercial fertilizers. When combined and allowed to compost, these materials decompose and become a nutrient-rich soil amending mixture that both fertilizes the soil and reduces the amount of household waste that gets sent to the curb.

Mopfrog of the Hamptons, an eco-friendly cleaning company, is devoted to helping to reduce the use of chemicals in the environment and helping consumers learn to enjoy becoming more environmentally aware. We will expand on our discussion to learn how gardening can fit into any lifestyle and to learn techniques and tips to make it fun and productive for any age group, or level of physical ability.

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