FoodMap – the perfect urban garden container

By Kate | Living
Posted Jun 6, 2012

Most of a nation’s food is produced by less than 2% of the population. Having your own garden is more than just a means of providing food, it is a model of a more sustainable way of living. Growing your own organic food and developing groups to share your extra produce (like neighbourhood food swaps) gives you immediate access to fresh, healthy food and alleviates an already stressed agricultural and distribution system. Consider this FoodMap Container; the contoured form of the container is specifically designed to let water quickly and evenly which keeps plants from being damaged by sitting water, but also has a central reservoir where a small amount of water collects keeping the soil moist longer. The container has rubber casters so one could move it easily to the best growing space as weather and sunlight conditions change. Made of 100% recycled milk jugs, it is non-toxic, Bisphenol A and Phthalate free. Magnifeco! $159 USD from Digs Design + Sustainability who ship everywhere.

The French approach to salad greens (‘mesclun’ means ‘mixture’) contains sweet lettuces and tangy, tender greens , pre-mixed in just the right proportions as you pick them from your garden. It’s a feast for the eyes and a gourmet treat. Classic Mesclun includes Arugula, Chervil, Endive, Mache, 4 Lettuces (Oak Leaf, Prizeleaf, Red Salad Bowl, Green Ice), Radicchio and Upland Cress. Grows best in cool weather and full sun to partial shade and only take four weeks from seed to plate ($4.95 per package) via burpee.com

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