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Welcome to What’s In …, a new feature offering a peek inside HOMEGROWN members’ pantries, fridges, and more. This week, Houston home gardener Erika shares what’s in her seed pots. “This is the first spring I am planting in my own garden, so I am very excited for the coming months,” she says. “Before now, I lived in urban environments, and although it’s not impossible to live sustainably there (think vertical farming on a patio), it proved difficult for the types of yields we wanted. Below is about a quarter of what I am planting in my new suburban backyard garden—just what needed to be started indoors and transplanted in one to two weeks.

“I chose to plant these herbs and veggies for a number of reasons. First of all, I believe organic small-scale gardening and farming to be the key to sustainability worldwide. By avoiding highly genetically manipulated foods, we are helping our health and standing up for agricultural rights of small-scale farmers everywhere. Secondly, an organic, alkaline diet is highly necessary for my mother’s health. She is a cancer survivor who kept herself healthy through mostly holistic methods, one of which was switching from eating highly processed GMO foods to an all-organic, semivegetarian, alkaline diet.

“A great benefit of almost all of these plants and herbs is that they taste and smell divine. Happy gardening, HOMEGROWN!” You can read more about why Erika planted what she did and how she'll use her herbs and veggies here. Got questions for her or want to volunteer for a future installment of "What's In ..."? Post comments below!


POTS: TOP ROW, LEFT SIDE

1. ORGANIC OKRA: “I love these seed pots since they can be planted directly into the soil, pot and all.”

POTS: BOTTOM ROW, LEFT SIDE

2. ORGANIC MEDFORD TOMATOES

SEED STARTER: TOP ROW

3. ORGANIC SWEET MARJORAM

4. ORGANIC CHIVES

5. ORGANIC THYME. Try it yourself: Harvesting Herbs 101

SEED STARTER: SECOND ROW

6. ORGANIC CATNIP

7. ORGANIC DILL BOUQUET

8. ORGANIC THYME

SEED STARTER: THIRD ROW

9. ORGANIC ITALIAN PARSLEY

10. ORGANIC SWEET THAI BASIL

11. ORGANIC CULINARY SAGE

SEED STARTER: FOURTH ROW

12. ORGANIC OREGANO

13. ORGANIC SWEET THAI BASIL

14. ORGANIC CULINARY SAGE

SEED STARTER: FIFTH ROW

15. ORGANIC OREGANO

16. ORGANIC “THE STUDENT” PARSNIP

17. ORGANIC MARCONI ROSSO PEPPER

SEED STARTER: BOTTOM ROW

18. ORGANIC CALYPSO CELERY

19. ORGANIC ZUCCHINI

20. ORGANIC MARCONI ROSSO PEPPER

POTS: RIGHT SIDE, LEFT TO RIGHT

21. ORGANIC DE CICCO BROCCOLI. Try it yourself: Growing Broccoli 101

22. ORGANIC CALYPSO CELERY

23. ORGANIC DE CICCO BROCCOLI

24. ERIKA’S GARDEN PLAN for her first raised bed; see a larger version here. Try it yourself: Raised Beds 101

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