Although many people think they can just walk down to the shops, these days it’s becoming allot more expensive and many are treated and grown for taste rather than for their nutritional value. You can store all the food in the world, but there is no substitute for fresh fruits and vegetables grown on your land and on your terms!. Even taking vitamin supplements can’t make up for the nutritional value of most fresh food, and eating the same canned and freeze-dried meals everyday gets old fast. These are just a couple of reasons why it’s a good idea to start growing your own veggies. Some fresh tomatoes, cucumbers or beans can make your meals both healthier and tastier.
Most people living in the city have small backyards, and those in apartments have nothing more than a balcony. But this is not a problem. There are many methods for growing food in small spaces, but for now let’s focus on one in particular: 5-gallon buckets. In particular, I recommend a 5 gallon round nursery pot. They’re not very sturdy, but they do the job.
If using a bucket, make sure it has 4-5 holes holes in the bottom so the water can drain away and the roots don’t become sodden and rot. Place several inches of rocks, bricks or clean rubble in the bottom and fill it up to a few inches from the top with nutrient rich soil. Obviously some organic fertilizer will help a lot, but if you’re in an urban survival situation, you’ll just have to make do with what you have. Place your bucket in direct sunshine, then plant your seeds and watch them grow. Be sure to water them daily or as often as necessary to keep the soil from becoming dry.
Tomatoes and cucumbers grow well in buckets, although you’ll need to support them with stakes or a cage. Plants like melon and squash can grow up a trellis. Some other plants that grow well on buckets include: beans, beats, cantaloupe, carrots, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, and radishes.
If your garden is visible to passersby, you might want to consider incorporating your fruit and veg into an ornamental bed. This involves surrounding your veggies with flowers and other bushy shrubs so people will think it’s just an ordinary garden. Herbs such as mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme are great for this. Plus, they can add flavor to your meals.
Stratford Ontario ~ Canada ~ Red Tulips ~ Downtown
St. Catharines is the largest city in Canada’s Niagara Region and the sixth largest urban area in Ontario, with 96.13 square kilometres (37.1 sq mi) of land and 133,113 residents in 2016. It lies in Southern Ontario, 51 kilometres (32 mi) south of Toronto across Lake Ontario, and is 19 kilometres (12 mi) inland from the international boundary with the United States along the Niagara River. It is the northern entrance of the Welland Canal. Residents of St. Catharines are known as St. Cathariners.
St. Catharines carries the official nickname "The Garden City" due to its 1,000 acres (4 km2) of parks, gardens and trails.
By Onasill ~ Bill Badzo on 2016-05-17 07:33:36
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