Tracy Petrucci: An Urban Garden

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Urban Garden

We live in San Diego in a very large apartment building. And although we may not be faced with as small and as expensive living standards as other cities like New York, we are making due with a small one bedroom. We let our daughter have the bedroom and we set up our living room like a studio. But the best part about our apartment is our huge patio.

I really want to grow my own food, and I considered renting a plot in a community garden. But let's be realistic, I run a business, take care of a toddler, and hardly see my husband at all. Now is just not the time.

So I set up my own patio garden, thanks to our good friend James Hubler for getting me started with this planter box. The planter box slants down so water can drain into a bucket. This is especially helpful for people who have balconies that may drip water.

This is my first time actually gardening, so we will see what happens. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I needed a hobby that was easier to do while having a toddler and working so much. The patio gets half sun and half shade all day, so this will be very experimental.
Here's what I'm trying to grow in the box:
  • Cucumbers
  • Romaine and Red Romaine
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Marigold flowers (to help with bugs)

Then I have
  • Roma tomato
  • Cherry tomato
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Arugula
  • Blueberries
  • Aloe Vera
A Mish Mash
Arugula and Marigolds
Aloe Vera

Gathering up my supplies

Olive loves the chickens at the Mission Hills Nursery

Tomatoes, Rosemary, Blueberries

Flowers for good cheer

 I have no clue when I'm supposed to pick things to allow optimal growth, or what things grow back and which die off, but Richard from the Mission Hills Nursery has been absolutely wonderful in his ability to get me to just chill out! If it grows it grows, if it doesn't you just pull it out and try something else. Thanks Richard!


  1. Yay, so much fun for you and Olive to grow food and flowers together. Good luck and good eating!