Urban Vegetable Garden (Google / Cooking in Cleveland)

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Urban Vegetable Garden

When life gives you concrete and you want to garden, improvise. Living in an apartment building in the city can be challenging for a would-be gardener, but I was born to challenge life. Walking out the backdoor of my building, you step onto the roof of our underground garage, which provided me with the perfect platform for a container garden. I bought my vegetable and herb plants at the Coit Road Farmers Market, so with high hopes and found and bought containers I was ready to plant.

Early Morning June 1st

Good organic soil, organic plant food and blessed with good rains the garden is thriving. I planted Big Bertha peppers, Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomatoes, Sweet Baby Girl cherry tomatoes, oregano, thyme, basil and parsley. Notice the oregano in the right hand corner, that was one little sprig when I planted it.

One month later …

There was one small incident with a renegade neighborhood rabbit, who mistakenly thought I planted my parsley for his enjoyment, even though he ate it down to the nub there is new growth. Wonder if he has ever heard of rabbit stew?

Basil tucked in with the tomatoes …
Look close, see the little bitty tomato?


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.