Growing Food In A Micro Garden Something Everyone Can Do

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June 3, 2020

While communities and countries are starting to talk about the gradual reopening of the economy, I think we all understand that it will be quite a while before things get back to “normal.” The normal we eventually get back to might never be the same as it was before all this. And with that in mind, more and more folks are looking to test out their green thumbs and start gardening in one form or another.

For those of you who want to grow at least some of your food but didn’t think it was possible because you have no space to build a garden – let me introduce you to the wonderful world of micro gardening.

Size Doesn’t Matter

As the “micro” in micro-gardening implies, we are talking about gardens that take up a small footprint. Do you have a balcony? A patio? A rooftop you can access and use? For those with absolutely no outdoor space, a windowsill that gets a lot of sunlight could also do the trick.

As for “the garden” itself, you can build a little something if you are at all handy. You can also use flower pots and planter boxes. Want to get creative? Do you have an old tire? How about a trash can? A wooden box lined with plastic will work as well.

Micro garden

Finding something to grow the plants in, and the space for it, shouldn’t be too hard. And if you need a little inspiration, there are people all over the internet showing off their neat micro gardens and all sorts of DIY designs and setups for pretty much any living situation.

What You Can Grow

The answer to this question will depend on how micro your micro-garden is and where it’s located (the general climate, amount of sun the garden gets per day, etc.). Meaning, if all you have is one small planter, you probably aren’t going to be growing broccoli – which is a plant that tends to take up a large amount of space. 

How do Romeo baby carrots, basil, Red Robin tomatoes, and baby bok choy sound? All delicious options for your micro garden. To quote my favorite infomercial, “but wait, there’s more!”

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization put out some research earlier this decade saying that a productive micro garden of just 11 square feet can produce:

  • 200 tomatoes a year
  • 36 heads of lettuce every 60 days 
  • 10 cabbages every 90 days 
  • 100 onions every 120 days

That’s a massive amount of food for such a small space! 

This concept isn’t just for people in small living quarters, either. Micro gardening is also a natural entry point into growing your food for those that may have space – but may not want to, or be able to – jump right into creating and maintaining a large garden.

Jesse Singer

Jesse Singer

Jesse grew up obsessed with movies and so it only makes sense that he graduated from McGill University with a degree in Political Science. He then put that degree to good use with a job at a video store. After that he spent months backpacking around Europe - a continent that he has been back to visit many times since. Jesse is super curious and loves to learn and explore new subjects. For the last 15+ years he has been writing online for a number of different sites and publications covering everything from film and television to website reviews, dating and culture, history, news and sports. He’s worn many hats - which is ironic because he actually loves wearing hats and he has many different ones.
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