Salad Bar in Your Backyard

After a cold weekend of snow in Chicago – it’s hard to imagine a big beautiful summer garden. But, now is the time to start if you want to grow your own gorgeous Arugula, sweet green beans, plump tomatoes, and pretty much anything you can imagine (specific to your climate zone, of course). I bought some of my seeds today from these two great sites: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Freedom Seeds. So excited!

Today our food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to table. The process of planting, fertilizing, processing, packaging, and transporting our food uses a great deal of energy and contributes to the cause of global warming. Planting a Victory Garden to fight global warming would reduce the amount of pollution your food contributes to global warming. Instead of traveling many miles from farm to table, your food would travel from your own garden to your table.

If you don’t have a yard or any space to plant – you can check out Food Map Design for a pre-made container to plant in the tiniest of spaces. For a more budget-friendly route, try Ready Made’s DIY Salad Bar. Happy planting (and eating)!

Image by Ready Made Magazine and Christopher Silas Neal.

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