FREE Mini Gardens!!!
Accessible food means fresh, local food where you can easily obtain it. So why not from your own home?
When we were afforded the opportunity to receive over 500 milk crates, we immediately thought up the idea of how we could use them to decentralize food and food access.
Thus the Mini Garden Project was born. We plant 4-5 plants in a one-square-foot space for people in the community to take home and grow their own food.
What you can find in one of our Mini Gardens:
And the basic care for each plant!
Okra is low in calories but packed full of nutrients. The vitamin C in okra helps support healthy immune function. Okra is also rich in vitamin K, which helps your body clot blood. Antioxidants are natural compounds that help your body fight off molecules called free radicals that can damage cells.
Care: Okra needs full sun and hot weather with evening temperatures that are in the 60s (Fahrenheit) or warmer. Once it starts fruiting, pick okra when it reaches at least 3 inches in length.
Bell peppers are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially vitamin C and carotenoids. For this reason, they may have several health benefits, such as improved eye health and reduced risk of several chronic diseases.0
Care: Keep bell peppers well-watered. Watering is especially important during fruiting when tiny peppers take the place of blossoms, and as the bells mature. Consistent moisture helps keep peppers firm and healthy.
Pigeon peas contain dietary fiber, and potassium and help to lower cholesterol levels which helps to maintain cardiovascular health. Potassium lowers the strain on the heart by reducing blood pressure. It helps prevent atherosclerosis, keeping the heart healthy and the body fit.
Care: Be sure to keep the soil moist, not wet, and the area free of weeds. It takes the plants as long as a month to get established. It can be transplanted to grow up to 3-6ft tall on average. It can be eaten fresh or dried for easy storage.
Cuban Oregano is used for respiratory issues like Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma, Colds, and Coughs. This plant has also been used to treat malarial fevers, convulsions, and epilepsy. It also treats indigestion and stomach cramps.
Care: An easy herb to care for and keep happy. Needs as little as an inch of water once a week due to its drought tolerance and can spread out where planted. it can be enjoyed as soon as leaves a plentiful to be used as a rub, pesto, or any other seasoning.
The leaves and flower petals of Cranberry Hibiscus contain antioxidants, calcium, iron, and vitamins B2, B3, and C. An excellent source of antioxidants because of its vitamin C content. Antioxidants help lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol, may help treat liver disease and help protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals in body tissues and cells.
Care: Cranberry hibiscus is a hardy plant that thrives when warm and wet; it prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade. It needs ample water and rich, fertile, well-drained, mulched soil. Leaves have a tart, grape-like flavor which is great in any salad.