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Inspired Urban Gardening

Feb 28, 2013 08:37PM

Last year at this time I shared that my husband had given me three aloe plants billed as “indestructible”. Since I have a black thumb, my first reaction was to apologize to the plants. “I’m very sorry you have been placed into my care,” I told them. “I’ll try to do better!” I am happy to report that all three are still alive and on my window sill. But in the interest of full disclosure, one of them is a little yellow and all three would benefit if I transplanted them to a larger container.

Plants enhance our lives not just in our environment but as a source of nutrition. “In just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss in our feature article Urban Gardening Takes Root. Fresh taste and concern about genetically engineered crops, additives and pesticides is considered a catalyst for this growing trend. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all U.S. households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn.

This article had inspired me to consider if I could possibly keep a garden alive? After all, what is tastier than fresh from the vine? For me, starting small is key. Plus, I think some sort of automatic watering system would be perfect and might reduce the number of necessary apologies. However, I am not convinced that my plants are alive due to my tender care, but perhaps are just a testimony to their advertised nature and are truly indestructible. Perhaps if I can keep my aloe plants alive a bit longer, I’ll branch out to something edible.

In this Food and Garden issue you will discover how your diet choices can impact your cognitive abilities [page 16]. Find out what happens to your recycled items once they leave your recycling bin [page 18]. Understand how regulating triglycerides levels can improve your health [page 20]. And enjoy palate-pleasing tips and six powerhouse foods for your kids [page 27]. I hope this issue inspires you to incorporate more local and fresh food into your life.

Here’s to keeping it growing!

Kris Urquhart, Publisher