It’s no secret at the Good Seed that we are most passionate about urban edible gardens. From condo balconies and indoor sprout growing to front lawn conversions and food forests, organic edible gardens are transformative. Here are some of our top picks for the urban farmer:
One of the best things that an edible gardener can do is track the progress of their growing season. From when and which seeds are sown to pest issues and harvest dates, a garden journal is an excellent garden companion. This functional and aesthetically designed planner is the best! The Green Conspiracy will have it available for the 2019 growing season so do get your hands on one via their soon-to-begin Kickstarter campaign.
No in ground garden? No problem! Consider growing in one of these incredible planters. The Vegepod is an award-winning design that comes in several sizes and with quality accessories to make urban vegetable gardening a pleasure. Here in Canada, they are available through Lee Valley. Looking for something smaller and more compact? The Patch Planter is a sub-irrigated planter that is perfect for growing herbs, greens and other delicious favourites.
Looking to give of your time or money? Search your community for edible gardens that are in need of volunteers and funds. Here in Toronto The Bowery Project creates opportunities for urban agriculture in vacant lots. Similarly impressive is the Black Creek Community Farm which is an urban agricultural centre that engages, educates, and empowers diverse communities, through sustainable food.
Got worms? Vermicompost is a great way to add biodiversity to your edible garden. For those who are excellently adventurous and want to introduce composting to their garden regime, an indoor vermicompost is just the ticket. Check out this sweet design from Cathy’s Composters. The Living Composter is made in Canada and comes with all of the instructions (video too) you need as well as the red wiggler worms; all can be purchased online for delivery. If you’re looking for the finished product to add to your home garden, Wastenot Farms is a food scrap collection program that fuels the excellent garden probiotic that is Jocelyn’s Soil Booster.
Books, books and more books! A quick run down of some new favourites: Slow Down and Grow Something by Byron Smith, Herbarium: One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook & Heal by Caz Hildebrand, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix is excellent, and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables is good for those looking to improve their garden’s efficiency.
Organically yours, ~ Melissa