City Livin’

Some people think I’m crazy. Well, maybe they’re right. The idea of growing your own food within the limited area of an apartment or in a small yard can be a daunting task. You have to think outside the box. You have to be able to adapt to the environment and the resources you have.

Michelle and I are fortunate enough to have a good size yard, but the only spot we have that gets any sunlight is in the driveway. So, what we have to work with it a total of maybe 6×12 foot that we can work with. How can a family of 3 (2 adults and a cat with a diva complex) produce enough food to last us through the year and cut our grocery bill in half?

The first thing that anyone in our situation should consider is buying a plot in a community garden. There really is no better way get off on the right foot. Yes, there is usually a small investment in the plot, soil, and seeds or starts, but it does pay for itself. In just a short time you can have everything you need to make most of your dinners. Might not make your entire grocery bill go away, but you can take a big chunk out of it.

As for our little issue at the house? Michelle and I have managed to create a way to grow as much as much in out driveway as in the garden, if not more. With a 6×6 greenhouse we bought at The Christmas Tree Store, and a bunch of buckets from out friendly local hardware store, we are able to grow whatever we need to sustain ourselves.

So, to those of you city dwellers, what do you do? If you live in a complex or an apartment building, I would really like to hear from you!

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4 thoughts on “City Livin’

  1. Love it Scott! Definitely inspiring – I’ve definitely been using “space” as an excuse, but can see the possibilities more clearly now.

  2. My sister has a very small shady yard. Like you, the only sunny spot she has is the driveway, so her husband build a large planter on casters. It sits in the driveway most of the time, bit they can easily roll it out of the way temporarily if they need to.

    I think a lot of people think they need a lot of space to have a vegetable garden, but you really can grow quite a bit in a small space.

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