Are you missing the green goodies that you used to have on your dinner plate because of the low supply and consequent high cost of vegetables, fellow city dweller?
Do as other people are doing – plant your own vegetables at home. But do so in ways that enable you to avoid wasting your time and money. Where and what to plant in are the most important things to consider. If, like most of us, you don’t have space in your backyard for even a small garden plot, flower boxes and pots and other containers have proved indispensable to home planters.
More critical is what to plant in – meaning soil, growing medium or substrate. Home gardening advocates advise us to avoid using soil from garbage dumps and similar sites where soil may be fertile but not sure to be safe and clean. Such soil may harbor harmful microorganisms and contains toxic heavy metals, especially lead. Lead, experts say, is the deadliest and most abundant pollutant in our cities. They also tell us that our busy city streets are so polluted that windblown dust from these thoroughfares transport lead and other heavy metals like mercury, chromium, cadmium, and arsenic to contaminate plants that we eat. That’s why experts also advise us to keep plants away from roadsides.