Cooking for a woman will always score points, but to go the extra mile and impress the ficklest of foodie-babes, you’ve got to grow the veggies yourself. Of course, for yard-less condo and apartment dwellers, gardening can be a challenge. However, thanks to the wonders of container gardening – and obsessive watering, and perlite-heavy soil – you can turn your tiny balcony (or windowsill) into a modern day Garden of Eden. Here’s how:
Scenario 1: Sun, Not Space
If your balcony or sill gets at least six hours of sun per day but space is tight, steer clear of deep-rooted plants like beans, tomatoes or carrots, which require a minimum pot-size of about 20 litres. Stick with small-potted plants: Herbs (basil, rosemary, etc.), green onions and cucumbers can all grow in tight quarters.
Scenario 2: Space, Not Sun
If a nearby office building cuts off your sunlight mid-afternoon, don’t fret: Broccoli, garlic and leafy greens like lettuce and arugula can survive in just three to six hours of sunlight.
Scenario 3: Space, Sun
If you are the lucky owner of tens of square feet of outdoor space and ample sunlight – eight-plus hours per day – then the world is your oyster, or whatever vegetables you’d like to eat alongside your oysters: Cherry tomatoes, peppers, mini cucumbers – you name it. Mix the veggies with olive oil and some homegrown herbs, and you’ll put the 100-mile diet to shame.
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