In my last blog I wrote about my Earthship dream home. During the conceptual phase of the project, one of my core values was that a home will provide shelter (obviously) but it should also provide a level of sustenance. How would I accomplish this living at 10,600′ in the Rockies? Earthships, with their large south facing windows, and my experience with hydroponics seemed like a perfect fit.
So did it work? Absolutely! We grow tomatoes, gourmet salad greens, peppers, basil, and strawberries under natural sunlight year round. We have had some tomato plants that were several years old and still provided us with delicious fruits. We also grow more exotic plants like tangerines, olives, pineapple and bananas, but when it comes to simplicity and high nutrition the greens are hard to beat.
“Green Leafy Vegetables are probably the most important group of foods. Green leaves are the best source of alkaline minerals, are an excellent source of fiber, have many calming anti-stress properties and are the best source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a blood-builder and one of nature’s greatest healers. Chlorophyll is the blood of plants, just as hemoglobin is the blood of the body. The Difference between the two molecules is that Chlorophyll is centered on magnesium, while hemoglobin is centered on iron. Eating green-leafy food is a transfusion of Sun energy to blood energy in the arteries.” –David Wolfe’s Longevity Now Program
You can pay top dollar at the health food stores or 5 star restaurants and it will not come close to your home grown greens. We keep trying restaurant salads and are often very disappointed.
Krishna’s Top 5 Favorite Greens
1. Mustard – There’s no need for a condiment when all the flavor comes in this highly flavored green.
2. Arugula – The taste of this green is unbeatable.
3. Bok Choy – Getting ethnic with this famous Asian green.
4. Spinach – High in iron, this green is a must in any vegetarian diet.
5. Mizuna – This Asian green has a wonderful texture that adds some interest to any salad.
There are many ethical companies that provide organic seeds out there. A quick internet search should point you in the right direction. Try mix and matching; there is no rule that says you must grow one type of green in one planter. In fact, many companies sell blends. I tend to lean towards the Asian blends as they cater to my spicy needs.
There is something very satisfying about harvesting your own food. Greens are very easy to grow and seem to thrive on some abuse and neglect. I hope you feel inspired to grow your own greens in a south facing window.