Urban Gardening – A Beginners Guide by Samantha Rose Hunt

The Minigarden Kitchen Garden is one of the most preferred Minigarden products by our customers. Every month we receive or we find testimonials from people telling about their experiences with our vertical gardens. This time, we would like to share with you the personal experience of Samantha Rose Hunt and her Kitchen Garden. Samantha is a canadian blogger and a secondhand fashion lover, creator of My Ethical Edit, a blog with tips and tricks about how to live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. She decided to install a Kitchen Garden on her balcony in Berlin to have a small oasis. Here’s her honest experience as a beginner urban gardener: “I am no pro gardener, in fact every plant I’ve ever owned has either died or needed serious help. Nonetheless I want to share my urban gardening experience as a beginner. I’ve learned loads so far and think this could benefit those of you who aren’t exactly the greatest plant mamas. They say that gardening is therapeutic and I could not agree more. There’s nothing better than taking care of something and watching it bloom and grow! What is urban gardening? Urban gardening is the process of growing plants of all varieties in an urban space such as on a balcony, patio or yard. This also includes community gardens, green roofs and guerilla gardens (planting in public spaces that don’t belong to specific gardeners like the side of roads for example). Why should you create your own urban garden? There are many health, societal and environmental benefits that come from urban gardening. For one, you are creating a local source of whole foods. If...

Horticulture Workshops for Children and Grown-Ups – Vertical Kitchen Garden

Last June, we saw the end of another workshop series on HORTICULTURE FOR CHILDREN AND GROWN-UPS, at the Dolce Vita Tejo (the biggest shopping centre in Europe). These workshops were facilitated by Associação Chão da Terra, with support from Minigarden. The main goal of Associação Chão da Terra is to spread environmentally friendly growing techniques and foster contact with soil and nature.   For a few days, people had the chance to discover the benefits of urban kitchen gardens and learn about growing horticultural and aromatic plants. In an urban setting, the use of raised seed beds and vertical systems with low space requirements may be the best solution to build a kitchen garden. All the participants had the opportunity to discover the Minigarden Vertical system. Everyone was able to feel the soil with their hands and thoroughly follow the suggestions to make a Minigarden Vertical kitchen garden without ever forgetting the general principles of sustainable agriculture. It was a moment of dissemination and learning for all the attendees. There was plenty of fun for grown-ups and kids. … And so the workshop series ended, with due credit to Associação Chão da Terra. Welcome to the Urban Green Revolution!     A tip from Associação Chão da Terra: HOW TO GROW A KITCHEN GARDEN – step by step 1. Place the vertical kitchen garden in an area with at least 4-5 hours of daily solar exposure; 2. Fill the vertical kitchen garden bottom with a porous material to drain or absorb the excess water; 3. Choose an adequate substrate for the kind of plants you’re growing; 4. Adjust the plant and root size...

Chef Chakall

We found out that Chef Chakall is a fan of Minigarden. As we admire him and know his reputation as an advocate of a carefully balanced and healthy diet, we asked him why he chose our systems to create his kitchen garden right next to his kitchen counters.   Why did you choose Minigarden? Because it meets all my needs, because it has an automatic irrigation system and due to its quality. As I travel a lot, I have little time to look after my plants, and with Minigarden my herbs don’t need much care and attention. Do you know of a similar system? With all the features of Minigarden, don’t know any. Where do you keep your Minigarden? I have two Minigarden Vertical systems, one in my Lisbon restaurant and the other at my house in Lisbon, which I also use as a studio to record my TV programmes and give my cookery lessons. What have you planted there? I have all kinds of herbs, lemon grass, parsley, coriander, lemon balm, etc. Was it easy to install and maintain? Very easy to install, and as I have an automatic irrigation system, it’s fantastic. How do you perform maintenance on your plants and your Minigardens? I don’t have to do almost anything; as it has an automatic drip-feed irrigation system suitable for each plant, I don’t have to worry. Do you have any special tricks for looking after your plants? If so, what are they? Yes, they love listening to Mendelssohn… What do you like the most and the least about Minigarden? I like everything, because it’s practical, clean...