Growing my own food
I’ve always wanted to grow some of the food that I consume. However, the lack the constant move between claustrophobic rented apartments, always put me off from turning this into reality. Until I moved to my newly bought home, and suddenly both space and the nomadic life style ceased to be a concern and I was ready to put this long suppressed passion into action. As I said before, the IKEA project couldn’t have come in a better time!
To start the process and identify which plants I will grow I set a number of criteria that the plant must meet:
- Doesn’t require a lot of direct sunlight; while my kitchen gets a lot of direct sunlight during the first half the day, thanks to two large windows, the wall where am going to place the pots (not much of a choice, as all other walls are already occupied) gets only a couple of hours of direct sunlight in the morning.
- Doesn’t require a lot of space; yes I know I could have gone for larger pots, but honestly the IKEA’s PAPAJA pots were so beautiful for me to resist and adds a lot of needed color to my kitchen (they come in five colors, of which I chose four).
- Are easy to grow; I don’t have the greenest of thumbs and I can use starting with good odds
- At last but not least, are something that I actually enjoy eating!
As it turned out, after consulting many resources (this, this and this), it is really difficult to find an edible plant that ticks all the marks. Direct sunlight was probably the biggest challenge, and to overcome it I figured out that I can move the pots each day for few hours to the window sill where they will be exposed to direct sun for half of the day. Finally, I decided that scallions, parsley, coriander, and basil will probably be the best candidates.
I decided to put the PAPAJA pots on the OMAR metal section shelving unit, which I erected it in the kitchen. I also got the VINRUTA stand with three BITTERGURKA pots to use them at the outdoor terrace. I was initially looking for the ASKHOLMEN to use it at the terrace, but unfortunately it was out of stock. To complete my gardening preparations I got the IKEA PS 2002 stylish water can, and the handy GRÄSMARÖ 3-piece gardening set. With the help of IKEA I was all set and ready to go!
I made the mistake of starting late (mid September) and soon realized that outdoor was becoming a non-option, and decided to focus on the indoor. I also started to notice that as the days were getting shorter, the pots weren’t getting enough sunlight while sitting on the OMAR shelf. To counter this I started moving the pots closer to the windows during the first half of the day in order to maximize the amount of sunlight they get, before moving them back to the shelf for the rest of the day and the night. I gave the ANVÄNDBAR bench for waste sorting, which I have already placed under the window, a double purpose by using it as place to put my plants during their daily sunbath.
And so after little less than a couple of months, I would say that the results are not bad at all, given the challenge of the shorter and colder days. The spring onions are doing great and grew significantly, and nearly all the parsley, coriander, and basil seeds that I have planted germinated and are growing with various speeds. I am planning to start eating the spring onions in the next few days, and transplant the other herbs from the pots that have one more plant in place of the spring onions to make more room for them.