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Earth Day Inspiration: Urban/Indoor Gardening

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability

First things first, happy belated anniversary to Earth Day.  Yesterday it hit the big 4-0!  Secondly, rather than spilling some silly "Go Green" rhetoric, I thought I'd share some gardening tips with you all.  I live in Atlanta, where there isn't much green space to garden and where there are a few co-ops sprinkled throughout the greater Atlanta region.  I'm sure that most urban dwellers suffer from this as well.  They'd like to do something a little ecologically-friendly, but they're faced on all sides by concrete and glass. 

Well, I personally am interested in growing my own herbs, veggies and maybe a fruit or two.  What piqued this interest was a recent grocery trip during which I paid $9 for 2 pounds of tomatoes.  That seems like a lot of money for something I could probably grow myself and what's more, it was barely enough to make my homemade pasta sauce.  The way I see it, it would be more economically friendly on my wallet (and in this economy, every penny saved is a penny earned), and it's more ecologically-friendly.

I guess everyone can celebrate Earth Day in their own ways (year-round, hopefully), but they can also do really small things like growing their own  gardens or participating in local garden co-ops.  Growing your own garden locally and organically saves you money and can help reduce the number of trucks on the road. Here's a really interesting beginner's guide on indoor container-gardening for anyone who's interested, as well as some affordable products to help us all get started on our paths to earth-friendly urban/indoor gardening.  Here's a wonderful book called Growing Stuff: An Alternative Guide to Gardening if you're totally uninitiated like me.

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Start with an affordable herb kit like this one at Amazon.com

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Or, if you can buy seeds individually and plant them individually in simple containers like these:

 

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If you're fortunate enough to have enough outdoor space for a garden or if you live near a garden co-op (Google to find one near you), then you'll need these as well:

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One Comment to "Earth Day Inspiration: Urban/Indoor Gardening"

  1. Do you think its an age thing? I recently turned 40 and have suddenly taken an interest in gardening…..where did that come from?

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