Monday, July 11, 2011

Sprout's Green Blog Hop Week 6 - How Green does your Garden Grow?

How Green is your garden or where are you getting your fresh veggies this summer?

I love gardening!  It is one activity that is relaxing, enjoying and rewarding to me that I could do every day.  I'm a city dweller so I make do with the space that I have and I'm lucky to have a large south-facing balcony (overlooking Central Park!).  I have many large pots and even more small ones that I have been experimenting over the years with different vegetables, herbs and flowers to see what works best.  So far I have found that the veggies that work best are lettuce, peas, green beans, tomatoes, peppers and radishes.  I'm also still attempting carrots (I need to amend my soil with broken up packing peanuts to help lighten up the soil) and my son really wanted to do zucchini, so I'm trying that!  So far the zucchini sprouts are strong and growing fast (we just planted them over a week ago).  My herbs are doing great and I have tons of basil (which is good since I love to make pesto!).  I have to water almost every day with a large bucket and have found that watering my plants from the saucer at the base of the pots works best for strong roots and reducing fungus on warm humid days.

Since my balcony can only grow so much, I get many of my veggies and fruits from Whole Foods (which is on the next block!) or the farmer's markets when I am able to.  My friends often ask why I don't move to the burbs so I can have a large yard and garden, but as tempting as that is, I still love gardening in the city... and walking through the incredible scenery of Central Park, the Conservancy Gardens nearby and other landscapes that can only be in New York (the High Line is one of my favs! I'll do a post on that soon!).

Tell me about your garden or where you get your summer veggies...


  1. Thank You for stopping by my site and following. Returning the follow.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following from the Green Mama Blog Hop! I'm following you back as well! :)

    Have a wonderful day!
    The Little Hedgehog

  3. I'm stopping by from the Alexa Hop from :)

  4. Visiting from the Alexa Hop from I stumbled this post, Google +1, and followed you;)

  5. My mother has a veggie garden that we get a lot of our vegetables from. I am following :) and I would love to co-host!

  6. Hi.
    I'm stopping by from the Tuesday hop to say hello.
    Have a great day!

  7. Hi Jennifer N!

    Thanks for the follow from FMBT, I've returned the favor! Hope to see you back in my blog sometime!

    ~ Jenny ( )

  8. Hi, thanks for this, what a great resource! My green tip is to decrease plastic waste and chemicals in your home by making your own toothpaste! You can find that article on my blog, Jem's Room,! All the best!

  9. Thanks so much for the link! This is great! My green tip is making your own toothpaste! You can find the recipe on my blog, Jem's Room, linked above!


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