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Growing food without a garden

Submitted by on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 Loading Add to favourites  41 Comments


Welcome to the May Carnival of Natural Parenting: Growing in the Outdoors

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they encourage their children to connect with nature and dig in the dirt. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


For this month’s carnival we were asked to celebrate Growing in the outdoors.

We were asked “How do you encourage your children to produce the food they eat or the natural elements they enjoy?”

What struck me as I read this was the amount of people who don’t have a large enough space to grow food. Traditionally food for the family was grown on a big allotment, but how many of us with modern houses have that much room?

My challenge to you is to accept that you don’t need a garden to grow food and today I want to share six ways to make the most of your space.

Patio gardening

On a patio you can grow all sorts of food in containers. This year we’re growing peas, carrots, kale, beet, French beans, runner beans, tomatoes and herbs in containers, raised beds and planters.

Balcony or roof top gardening

On a balcony, providing the structure can take the weight, you can grow plenty of food in containers. If you need inspiration, check out Mike who grows his food on a fire escape in New York or Fern who blogs about her life on the balcony.

Apartment gardening

If you live in an apartment, windowboxes are your friend. You can grow herbs, cut and come again salad leaves, raddish and baby vegetables.


Terraced housing

If you live in terraced housing then it’s time for hanging baskets and wall planters. In hanging baskets you can grow tumbling tomatoes, strawberries, herbs and edible flowers such as nasutriatms.


The indoor garden

If there is no outdoor space available to you, bring your garden indoors. Sprout seeds, grow salad leaves and plant herbs in pots on your kitchen windowsill.



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A conservatory can be used just like a greenhouse! In a small conservatory you can grow peppers, tomatoes, chillies and other plants that like a lot of heat.



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