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n urban areas the amount of energy used to transport food from distant farms to supermarkets is enormous. We burn a massive amount of fuel bringing produce from the farm to the city, storing and refrigerating it at the market, and then driving to buy our groceries and returning home.


Fortunately, many fruits and vegetables are easy to grow in your home garden and in containers. The requirements of fruits and vegetables are the same in the city as they are on the farm: the correct amount of water and light, and healthy soil. If you create the correct conditions for healthy plants, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying fresh fruits and veggies from your own garden and reducing our impact on the environment.

Finding a place to grow your plants is the first step. Some options are on the roof, in doorways, in hanging baskets, or in window boxes. Use your imagination, based on your living space. As a general rule, you’ll need to give your plants a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day. You’ll need to have a water source close by too. You’ll also want to consider issues of your neighbors and the owner of the property if you rent. You definitely don’t want water to damage any part of the property.
A very ingenious urban gardening project in Chicago using plastic wading pools claims to have produced up to 28 square feet and 40 pounds of produce in each pool. These types of swimming pools are inexpensive and durable.

Be aware that certain varieties of plants grow better in urban environments than others. Here is a link where you can find this information and more: www.urbangardeninghelp.com/plant.htm.

—Information excerpted from “Urban Food Production.”






 
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