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Apartment Gardening (20/40/60 : Day 2)

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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 Chocolate for 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

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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4 Responses
  1. Shauna

    That sandwich looks amazing. I am totally going to have to make that soon!

    I’d love to see pictures of your garden. We normally do a pretty decent balcony garden/container garden, but we had a rough year this year! Stupid pigeons were brutal! We usually do tomatoes (a couple varieties), cucumbers and peas. This year we also tried strawberries last year, but they didn’t turn out well. We’re going to try some new things next year, I think (zucchini? squash? I’m not sure, but I’d like to grow something we can turn into baby food).

  2. MegsFitness

    I’d really like to know more about container gardening 🙂 I just moved into an apartment and have no plots of dirt to speak of, but we’ve got a small patio that I’m sure I could use. I live in MN and fall is right around the corner.. I’ve got zero experience gardening (container or otherwise) so any tips you’ve got would be great!

    1. You could definitely grow some greens in pots starting about now. They are stupendously easy to start. Spinach and lettuce both will thrive in the cool late-summer of Minnesota. Literally, just go find a pot, buy some soil meant for vegetables and order some seeds (you’ll have a hard time finding any in store right now). Follow the directions. Keep ’em watered and you’ll have greens soon. The great thing about container gardening is that weeding is extremely limited because you have control over what is going in the pot.

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