Apartment life and gardening are not two things that a lot of people put together, but we have really embraced apartment (and container) gardening to help supplement our local and organic diet. We are very fortunate to live in a place that allows us to tear up the small spaces next to our patio and plant a raised bed garden.
This year, we’ve scaled back on the varieties we’re growing, but in the past we’ve packed our little 6 ft. x 4ft. plot with zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, peppers, oregano, basil, cilantro, lettuce and spinach. In the spring, we grew a cool weather garden including spinach, lettuce, peas, and radishes. And now our summer garden is pumping out a few varieties of heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, oregano, and basil.
And there is nothing better than walking outside the door and picking a ton of cherry tomatoes. Just because you live in the city, it doesn’t mean you are stuck buying your food. I urge you to try planting a garden. Try it out in the fall. Greens grow very well in containers and are incredibly hard to mess up. I might write a more of a how-to post later on. The only big drawback to raised bed gardening in the middle of summer? Watering. Almost everyday.
But Babyface is an excellent, and cute, water boy. 🙂
Moving onto dinner. Had a repeat of a week ago and remade Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Sandwiches with Romano-Black Pepper Mayonnaise.
The grilled veggies are killer good.
But the mayo totally makes the sandwich.
I wonder if I could mix this up ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for all future sandwiches?
MMMMM. Super delicious! We served it with okra fries and a few of the tiny new potatoes we got in our CSA a few weeks ago.
Dipped in ketchup, a la Kath.
And of course, a square of chocolate. Espresso Dark Chocolatefor me and Milk Chocolate for the Babyface.
20/40/60 Day 2 Recap
- Whole grain bread, homemade by Babyface
- Eggs, local, free-range
- Cheddar cheese, organic
- Leftover Black Bean Burgers (yes, we are still eating them out of the freezer)
- Whole grain bun, conventional
- Tomatoes and onions, organic and local
- Carrots, organic
- Cherry tomatoes, local and organic
- Salt and pepper popcorn, conventional
- Plain yogurt, organic
- Pineapple, conventional
- Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Sandwiches
- Okra, local and organic
- Potatoes, local and organic
- Chocolate, organic
Days Completed: 2
Days Remaining: 18
Money Spent: $0.00
Money Remaining: $40.00