With urban farming on the rise, people are beginning to realize the value and delight of growing their own food. Sara Gasbarra, owner of Verdura, is definitely one of those people and her recent hobby-turned-career has been a huge success. Sara has put her green thumb to work on many gardens within the city, most recently the Hilton rooftop garden where chefs will incorporate the fruit (or should we say vegetables) of her plants into their meals.
Sara’s gardening tip for Chicago Gateway Green blog readers this week: consider planting vegetables from seeds rather than seedlings. Seedlings of any type of vegetable are hard to transfer from a nursery; sometimes it’s just as easy to plant seeds yourself – provided you do it properly. Some easy beginner vegetables to grow include beans, beets, garlic, and tomatoes.
She also advises all urban gardeners, beginner or pro, to read the book The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal.