Why should I plant herbs and vegetables on my balcony?
Yes, Rabba is right underneath your condo, but paying $3 for a big bunch of parsley when you only need a few pinches on your eggplant parmesan isn’t sustainable, especially if the rest of the dishes you cook that week don’t need it. Before you know it, that big bunch of parsley has yellowed and now sits sadly in your compost.
For Aneela, a passionate balcony gardener, she wanted to embrace a more outdoorsy lifestyle, which can be difficult for Toronto’s many condo-dwellers. She turned her balcony into a green space that allows her to still immerse herself in nature within the confines of a 50 square-foot balcony.
The “you nurture the plant and the plant nurtures you” mindset allows her to connect with her food, reduce her carbon footprint, cultivate fresh produce and understand the life-cycle of our food, outside of packaged grocery store products.
Brittany was partly motivated by her food budget, with rising prices, accessing fresh, nutritious food is getting less and less accessible, especially for the already tightly-squeezed millennial budgets. Rather than paying $20 to Uber Eats a salad, or $8 for a big plastic bin of salad mix where 50 per cent inevitably ends up the compost, she planted her own lettuce greens. Within a few weeks, they were thriving and Brittany was able to make a fresh lunch salad while only snipping off exactly what she needed.