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Jennifer, Clemens Mill | May 1, 2017

Do you like toasted tomato sandwiches? Or fresh oregano and basil in your pasta sauces? Or fresh mint in your iced tea? I love all of these things. And early spring is the time when I start to crave green. Right now all of the gardening centres are appearing in the parking lots of our neighbourhood stores. All you need to do is walk into these fresh-smelling places and pick up some planting pots and some soil and some of your favourite herbs or tomatoes.

Don't worry if you don't have a yard. You can grow herbs and tomatoes on a balcony very easily as long as you get good sun.

If you want to try growing tomatoes, be sure to use some deep planting pots, to give the plants plenty of room for roots to grow. Poke holes in the bottom of the pots first, then put a few rocks in the bottom (this helps with drainage) and then fill the pot with soil. Make a hole in the soil that goes about half way down, and put your plant in, then pat the soil snugly around the plant to keep it in place. Water everyday or every other day.

I have had great experience with Jet Star and Carolina Gold tomatoes. I also usually have basil, parsley, chives, oregano and dill in smaller pots or in a planter box, which are great to have on hand in the summer, to make Buttery Chicken Pieces or Tabouli Salad, or even Chimichurri. So go ahead, make a garden, and learn how to make great things with your herbs. After all, everything always tastes better when you grow it yourself.

Visit our Seed Library at the Preston location of Idea Exchange to borrow seeds to start your gardens! And while you're there, visit our Community Garden, the perfect place to relax with a tea and book.

Check our great collection of container gardening books:

Crops in Pots book cover by SyndeticsThe Edible Balcony book cover by SyndeticsGarden Anywhere




See this article from Apartment Therapy for some beautiful inspiration.