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Planters that water themselves – for months!

When you imagine growing your own greens, you may think of a number of obstacles that keep you from starting. We’ve all heard the excuses. Things like “I live in a condo,” “I don’t have a backyard,” even “I forget to water my plants, so they just die.”

So when we discovered self-watering containers, we had to learn more. Turns out you can now grow in condos and other indoor spaces with nothing but a windowsill. Turns out you can water your plants once in a blue moon (as minimally as every twelve weeks)—and they don’t have to die. Turns out you can enjoy flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits in beautiful planters that complement your space and enable you to #growyourown.

We understand the desire to add greenery to your indoor and outdoor spaces, and we understand the desire to eat some of said greens. (Perhaps your dog already does?) When we lived in a condo, we loved having flowers throughout our home and herbs in the kitchen. Small tomato plants thrived on the balcony, enhancing our salads and other homemade dishes from early summer to fall. We had a few lettuce plants as well, to help round out fresh homegrown salads.

Self-watering planters make all of this easier, and they are simple enough to operate. The first (or outside) layer is filled with water while the second (or inside) layer holds the soil (or small rocks called pon) as well as the plant itself, allowing the roots to grow down through the layer to the water. A small water-level metre indicates when the planter needs a refill. Depending on what you grow, watering can happen as infrequently as four times a year!

A wide selection of planters ranging from windowsill and tabletop designs to larger patio and deck designs are available in a variety of finishes and colours, for both indoor and outdoor use.

What you want to grow will dictate your planter size. Delta windowsill planters are small and sleek and ideal for indoor use, fitting two average basil or parsley plants, whereas the Trio Cottage planter works well outside and can fit multiple hearty tomato plants.

We are happy to consult with you on planter choices and can also offer you a variety of different flowers, herbs, vegetables, or fruits to fill your living space with beautiful plants that you (and your dog) can enjoy.

Happy Growing
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Organic Delivery Company Reviewed: Not local and overpriced

It is impossible not to notice the explosion in organic food options. 

The only organic option that existed when I was growing up was the food we grew in our backyard.

Now there are CSAs (community shared agriculture plans), organic home delivery companies, home vegetable gardening companies (like ours), farmers markets, organic sections in major supermarkets, even whole stores devoted to organic food.

My wife and I decided to check out one of the home delivery options in Toronto through a Groupon deal.  We were excited to see what organic food might be available in January in Toronto.  Too bad for us, as our first delivery came in March, almost two months and half a dozen emails later.  Well, the food seemed organic enough (no real way to check except for the stickers on some of the items) but we weren’t overly impressed with the lack of local representation.

Here’s what our Harvest box included and where it came from

Product

From Where?

3
Medium Apples

USA

1 Head
Of Broccoli

California USA

3
Carrots

Ontario – unconfirmed (no sticker)

4
Small Potatoes

Ontario – unconfirmed (no sticker)

1
Avocado

Mexico

1
Bunch Red Chard

California USA

1 Acorn
Squash

Mexico

3
Pears

USA

1 Bell
Pepper

Israel

1
Mango

Peru

1 Head
Lettuce

USA

4
Medium Oranges

USA

 

My favourite part? It’s not the inflated price tag – they’re a business after all and they need to make their money too.  I know I could pick this up at my local grocery store for about 20-40% less money, but hey, this came delivered right to my door.  No, my favourite part was their claim that 25% of this box was local.  Seriously?

When I asked if a 100% local option existed I was told there was (why wasn’t this offered to begin with??) but that it costs more.  Pardon me? Food grown locally that’s not transported 9,299 km (Israel to Toronto) is more expensive??  Something’s screwy here and I don’t like it. 

Honestly folks, if you think you’re supporting local sustainable agriculture buy supporting these organic delivery companies you’re wrong.  This is a scam.  You’re paying for people to buy wholesale organic food, pack it into a box and send it to you for a lot more than it would cost you to go to a store and buy it yourself.  Not to mention that you’ve successfully increased your foodprint (carbon footprint of your food) by purchasing a box of food brought in from tens of thousands of kilometres away.  100km diet eh? – forget it. 

Have you ever tried an organic delivery company? What was your experience like? Have you considered planting a garden instead and enjoying food that is not only organic but local too? We want to know.

Eat drink and be merry.

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