Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don't have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they -- and you -- have to travel. As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil's about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry). If you're up to the challenge -- and it really isn't much of one -- growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Just be sure to choose the right planter or container, learn how to maintain it properly, and go find yourself some seeds (or starter plants)! Here's a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home. Tree Fruits - Including Apples 1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering. 2. Kumquats3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)4. Blackberries5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)6. Pomegranate7. Cherries8. Figs9. Pears Citrus Fruits Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don't let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.10. Dwarf oranges11. Grapefruit12. Tangerines13. Meyer Lemons 14. Limes Tropical Fruits Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as... 15. Bananas (look for container gardening tips online) 16. Pineapple17. Papaya18.Gurvas (several varieties) The Real Surprises 19. Hops -- yes, as in the “spice” ingredient in beer. Turns out they're easy to grow!20. Aloe Vera21. Strawberries22. Tea (well, herbal tea)23. Quinoa! The Non-Surprises 24. Tomatoes25. Summer Squash26. Other Squashes, like Acorn and Pumpkin27. Hot Peppers28. Sweet Peppers29. Cucumbers Melons 30. Small Cantaloupe31. Jenny Lind Melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)32. Golden Midget Watermelon Herbs Just about any herb grows well indoors -- just be sure that if you're going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.) 33. Basil34. Oregano35. Parsley36. Rosemary37. Chives38. Catnip39. Thyme40. Sage41. Parsley Leafy Greens 42. Kale43. Mesculun Greens44. Spinach45. Swiss Chard46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)47. Mustard greens48. Collard greens49. Arugula Root Vegetables 50. Carrots51. Beets52. Potatoes Other Healthy-sounding Stuff 53. Sprouts54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts55. Wheatgrass56. Kohlrabi57. Turnips58. Rutabagas59. Celeriac60. Parsnips61. Jerusalem Artichoke62. Sugar snap peas63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)65. Pole Beans66. Aaaand... asparagus, although some disagree that it does well in a container. Try it if you're ok with a risk! Bonus 67. You can grow your own loofah, too, but you'd need a garden rather than a container for that. Like this idea? Be sure to check out these 6 Crazy Concepts for Micro Gardens That Actually Work to get inspiration for designing your own garden in a small space. While you're at it, check in with this Organic Gardening feature for tons more info on making your garden grow. by Planet Green
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