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Tiny plants are poised to take over the gardening world. And no category of tiny plants is as welcome and wildly embraceable as tiny edibles. Not only are they cute as a button, but they’re tasty and nutritious too! In Micro Food Gardening, author and small-space gardening pro Jen McGuinness, introduces you to a world of miniature edible plants and dozens of DIY projects for growing them.
Not everyone has room to grow a full-sized tomato plant or a melon vine that takes up more room than your car, but everyone has space for a micro tomato that tops out at the height of a Barbie doll or a dwarf watermelon with vines that won’t grow any longer than your leg. From miniature herbs and salad greens to tiny strawberry plants, baby beets, and mini cabbages, you’ll quickly discover that micro gardening offers a surprisingly diverse and delicious array of edible opportunities. Plus, with step-by-step instructions for a plethora of DIY micro food gardening projects, you’ll be up and growing in no time at all.
Whether you micro garden on a high-rise balcony, an itty bitty patio, a front porch container, or even in a basket on the handlebars of your bicycle, there are mini food plants ready to start cranking out fresh produce just a few weeks after planting.
Creative projects include:
A window box of mini potatoes for a porch, deck, or fire escape railing
A mini lettuce table that serves to both grow food and hold your beverage
A compact “cake tower” of strawberry plants
A wine box spice garden
A mini food fountain with herbs, veggies, and edible flowers
A small-space omelet garden for cooking up the perfect breakfast
Plus, several indoor food-growing projects will have you enjoying homegrown micro veggies year-round, even in cold climates.
With advice on plant selection and care, project plans, full color photography, and growing tips, Micro Food Gardening is here to show you the joys of growing your own fresh, organic food, no matter where you call home.
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Why Grow Micro Food?
Edible pea shoots can be grown in decorative mason jars.
Growing up in a two-family home in Queens, New York, meant space was always at a premium. Being in the city, pavement was the norm—including porches, patios, and driveways (if you were lucky enough to have one). Tall apartment buildings nearby meant limited sunlight, making one side of our home the desirable sunny window space for plants. That isn’t to say that there weren’t any gardens, but they were often on the smaller side—such as a postage stamp front yard or a stoop to put containers on. That meant if you wanted to grow food, you needed to get creative with the available space. My grandfather set an example for me early on as he continually found inventive ways to grow the food he wanted.
Today, we have so many more options for growing food, including varieties bred for small spaces and light fixtures to correct our dark spaces. But there is still one thing that can elude us—and that is available space to grow in.
That’s how micro food gardening is different than raised bed gardening or container gardening. Micro food gardening focuses on plants that stay very compact—so you’ll be able to grow edibles even if you only have a front porch, window box, or windowsill. Not only is it fun to select petite varieties of plants to grow, but it is also enjoyable discovering container options for display.
In order to accommodate a growing population, space will continue to be at a premium. A lack of land does not mean you cannot grow any food. As you’ll see in this book, there are many compact projects that will allow you to grow edibles in a limited space.
Here are some organic fertilizers you can use on your micro edibles:
Setting Up Your Space
When it comes to growing your own micro food, you don’t need a dedicated room in your home or apartment. Many of the projects in this book can be done outside on a porch, patio, or stoop; or on a table, kitchen counter, or windowsill indoors.
To keep your plants happy, you will need to give them the light they need, water for hydration, and nutritious soil to feed their roots. When thinking of your ideal growing space, consider the following for indoor and outdoor locations.
FEED THE PLANT—AND THE SOIL
While you don’t need to use fertilizers on your micro container plantings, I liken it to taking vitamins. You can opt not to take your vitamins and still be in good health, but you may not get all your nutrients and could have deficiencies. Or, you can take vitamins so you are getting all the nutrients you need. Adding fertilizer to your micro edible gives your plant access to nutrition that it may not get by just existing in the container.
Organic growing methods influences my choices for fertilizers, too. Synthetic (chemical) fertilizers can cause plants to grow rapidly, but they can also contain sodium, which over time is not good for your soil. With synthetic fertilizers, you are not building up the quality of the soil. When the chemical wears off, you need to blast the plant with more. Plants grow quickly because of the high nitrogen levels.
Micro Food Growing Projects
In the following pages, you will find thirty projects that focus on growing micro edibles in a variety of ways. When deciding which project will work best for you, ask yourself what type of edibles you like to eat or make your meals with. If you love tomatoes, a project that includes that plant is a good place to start.
Project materials do not need to cost a lot of money. Many of the projects are made with materials that you can find at secondhand shops, craft stores, hardware stores, grocery stores, or online. It’s a great way to tap into your creativity.
For some projects, you will need a power drill and specialized drill bits. There are also projects that feature more traditional planters, such as terracotta pots.
I created and tested all the projects in this book to make sure they would work for you. I also grew the plants in the projects—those either started by seed or acquired as young plants—to make sure they would work in the ways I describe.
Let’s get started!
RAINWATER COLLECTOR WITH LIVING WREATH
Repurposing rainwater for your micro garden does not have to be your rain barrel’s only function. You can use the barrel’s footprint to grow a mini crop of edibles, too! To make a rain barrel plant-friendly, I fashioned a way to create metal wreath forms into a living wreath that sits on top of the barrel. For this project, I decided to use bush beans as my edible of choice.
SHADY GARDEN BED
For a literal take on a garden bed, look no further. This portable garden project is for everyone who desires more sunlight but has to deal with shady growing conditions. Leafy greens will tolerate partial shade conditions, especially during the warm season. The plants will grow a bit slower in partial shade than if they were in full sun.
WINDOWSILL PEA SHOOTS
Growing pea shoots (Pisum sativum) in mason jars is a great way to maximize your growing space on your window ledge. I like to grow mine on the window ledge above my kitchen sink. As the pea shoots grow, you can snip them with scissors and add to your salads or stir-fry meals. You’ll get about three rounds of cuttings before needing to switch to a new set of seeds. If you are using a lot of pea shoots in your meals, you can sow pea seeds every five to seven days to provide a continuous supply.
Publisher : Cool Springs Press (April 20, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 176 pages
ISBN-10 : 0760369836
ISBN-13 : 978-0760369838
Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
Dimensions : 8.05 x 0.65 x 9.95 inches