Since we got into the green smoothie lifestyle, we’ve looked for easy ways to integrate health into our lives. We have a standing appointment three times a week at the markets to get our organic fruit and veggies. The other thing we do in the warmer months is to grow our own herbs and leafy greens. They just love the warm spring weather. It’s great to know they are organic and free from any nasties. And for some reason, they seem to taste better!
We don’t have acres of land to grow own food. We are city dwellers, so balconies and courtyards are what we have to work with. You’d be surprised how easy it is to utilise the space. Jurgen and I tend to plant the leafy greens we can’t get at the markets. At the moment we have sorrel, lambs quarters and comfrey. We also have mint, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley and chives. Here are some photos from our little garden. As you can see, there’s not a lot of room but the plants are really thriving. We are however competing with the caterpillars at moment! I’ve included some great ways to get started growing your own greens in my book.
If you are really short on space, find your local community garden and get involved. Jurgen and I were exploring Melbourne over the weekend and came across the community garden at the back of Federation Square. It’s called the Veggie Patch. A lot of city restaurants have their own plot there. You can buy a plot and grow whatever you like. It’s a nice way to get out in the great outdoors and connect with nature!
Got any gardening tips for growing your own green smoothie ingredients? We ‘d love to hear about it in the comments below!