Easy is sometimes best.
A grocery store co-op in our old neighbourhood has an annual seed sale. Farmers and growers from all over the region come and sell little potted vegetables and flowers to us urbans. I have been interested in how people grow food for a long time and I've been following this company, Window Farms, for about 5 years.
This year, I bought leaf lettuce and romaine this year, hoping I might learn something. I wasn't actually convinced the transaction would leave me with edible lettuce.
I went home with my two pots of lettuce for under $5.
I planted them with fertilizer in a small deck planter. Any bucket will do but the planter takes up less space on the balcony. I watered them on the days it did not rain.
And now every week, I have home-grown lettuce!
I cannot describe how delighted this one easy thing makes me. For you green thumbs, I get that this is hardly revolutionary.
For me, it's a lovely change.
I have tomatoes too (beefsteak) but I think I crowded them too much in the planter and now they're all tangly and possibly unviable. Any suggestions?