Whether you left behind a more rural lifestyle or you’re interested in fresh, locally-grown produce, you may find yourself wishing you could have a garden right in the middle of the city! Well, we’re here to tell you that gardening is certainly not incompatible with loft living, and that even Detroit luxury apartments such as the Lofts of Merchants Row can be a prime location for growing delicious produce. Believe it or not, there are some very easy hacks you can take advantage of to grow seeds and unused vegetable bits into new plants bearing veggies for use in sandwiches, salads, and more. With a little patience and some confidence in your green thumb, you can grow the following right in your loft:
Gather together some broccoli seeds, a glass jar, some water, and cheesecloth with a rubber band to secure it.
Fill the quart jar with two tablespoons of seeds. Then, cover up the seeds with a few inches of water and secure the cheesecloth over the top of the jar with the rubber band.
Store the jar in a dark and warm place for about eight hours. Then drain the water from the jar (using the cheesecloth), rinse the seeds a little bit, and drain them again.
For the next few days, repeat this process of rinsing and draining the seeds two to three times daily. Make sure the seeds don’t start to smell, as this indicates you are leaving them in too much water and haven’t drained enough.
After three days or so, when you begin to see leaves, place the jar in indirect sunlight until the leaves turn green. When this happens, they are ready to eat!
Take a leftover butt of lettuce and place it in a bowl with a little bit of water at the bottom.
Put the bowl in good direct sunlight.
Mist the lettuce with water a few times per week.
When roots and new leaves start to grow, place the lettuce in a pot with a good amount of soil. Keep up the regimen of mist and make sure sunlight stays constant as well.
Keep the bottom of the green onion after cutting away the top for use.
Place this 2-3 inch long clipping in a cup with enough water to cover the bottom roots and a little higher.
The green onion should start to regrow itself.
Now increasingly popular in urban kitchens everywhere, nurseries and sometimes grocery stores often sell potted herbs (think parsley, mint, cilantro, and thyme).
For best results, re-pot herbs with fresh organic soil twice per year, clip leaves occasionally to encourage more growth, and let the herb soak up water from pot’s bottom holes rather than drenching the top.
Hopefully, these tutorials have helped you see that even in luxury apartments in Detroit, you can create an optimum environment for the rewarding experience of growing your own food. And once you’ve got your lovely kitchen garden started, be sure to pick up some recipe books for ideas on how to use that basil, broccoli, or lettuce.