Grow Groceries in Your Apartment

March is here, time to think about planting a garden, even if you're a renter. Why spend extra money on groceries if you can grow your own? Apartments can be well-suited for a few food-producing plants if you're curious to try something new.

Here are few to get the foodie in you excited...

If you enjoy cooking a small herb garden in your kitchen window is a must. Herbs are easy to grow and freshly-picked herbs will make your dishes delicious. Try mint, chives, cilantro, or dill. Get some cooking ideas from our Kitchen Magician.

These are best suited if you have bit of outdoor space thanks to a balcony or patio. You'll need to tie up the plant and make sure it gets plenty of sunlight and regular watering. Grow an heirloom variety and you'll have superb taste at a fraction of the price you'd pay at the grocery store.

Add bean sprouts to everything from sandwiches to stir-fry. All you need are the seeds and a jar. You can find ready-made kits at your local health food shop.

Pole-beans do require more space since they can grow up to 10 feet tall. Consider annexing the use of your building's roof or even part of your apartment complex's green space, if allowed. (Remember, do not block the emergency exists such as fire escapes). Pole beans look pretty on a trellis, grow fast, and can be frozen for meals later in the year. Simply pick, wash, and boil. Add margarine, salt, and vinegar to taste. Yummy.

More earth-friendly tips, products, and ideas at Apartment Earth.
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