Growing Food

Spring is Here + An Experiment in Urban Gardening

It’s ironic that I’m writing this on a day that started with 30 degree weather, but Spring has arrived early and is here to stay in NYC! I’m going to assume today was the exception and that I will not be breaking out my winter jacket from my under-the-bed storage again. Mother nature must be PMSing because the weather has been a little crazy. It started off like Spring, then jumped to hot, hot summer weather, then it was freezing the past 2 days, but the next several days should be in the 50s and 60s. Let’s hope we get proper Spring weather for a while so I can maximize window of opportunity for outdoor running. I’m a diva and don’t do anything outside of the 50 – 70 degrees range. Don’t judge.

But the most exciting part for me is that Spring produce is a-comin’. (See previous post about eating with the seasons). I’ve spotted flowers and herbs at the farmers market I volunteer at…and more importantly, SPINACH. I love squashes and potatoes, but this girl is ready for some greens.

I moved to a new room within the same apartment back in January, and guess what…I have a balcony! I’ve been busy doing research on how I can start a balcony garden and start growing my own produce. It’s going to be a challenge because I have never grown anything. Ever. In fact, I bought my first plants (tulips and irises) earlier this month and killed them both within a week. It’s going to be an interesting experiment. I’ll be documenting my attempts at urban gardening here so do stick around. Fellow beginners, let’s figure this out together. Experienced gardeners with mad skills, I need your help!

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