How many farms can you fit in one apartment?

Best-selling author shows health-aware urbanites how to grow organic produce in a tiny space

OJAI, Calif.—The kitchen table is laden with fresh and wholesome organic tomatoes, baby lettuces, summer squash and fresh herbs. A scene from Country Homes or Ranch Living? Think again. Within the confines of our concrete jungles, a new breed of gardens has emerged, one that is willing to work every inch of available real estate to produce tiny porch gardens and patio crops.

Urban gardening calls for a new set of skills, the tools to get started, choosing the right crops, and their proper care. Organic farming innovator Jay North is a world-class developer of time-tested organic practices. In his new book, The Windowsill Organic Gardener: Organic Growing for the Urban Gardener, he offers a step-by-step guide to grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in a space as small as a windowsill box. His organic process is easy to follow and does not require complex equipment for hydroponocs or high-intensity lighting.

“I guarantee you,” says North, “that there is plenty of room in your apartment to grow what you love, year round, no weeds and no pests. For 30 years, I have developed tested methods for farmers and gardeners interested in a healthier way to grow food. The final frontier is the urban dwellilng. After you try organic growing, you’re hooked. You can’t wait to get home to see what bloomed or sprouted. It’s easy, and it’s a lot of fun. Best of all, you can do all your farming in your pajamas!”

For more information, visit Consult Jay North’s book page and see The Windowsill Organic Gardener: Organic Growing for the Urban Gardener.

Organic farming pioneers Jay North and his beloved late wife, Pamela, known as the “Edible Flower Children,” are the founders of Paradise Farms, an innovator in specialty organic produce, gardening and marketing. Jay North is a best-selling author, speaker, consultant and evangelist of the opportunities available in indoor organic gardening worldwide.

From the March 15-21, 2006, issue

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