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gardenopolis is about urban homesteading – the quest to become more healthy, self-sustaining, creative, and self-sufficient in the city. after reading everything from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to The Omnivore’s Dilemma, i’ve decided to experiment using my unsuspecting family as guinea pigs.

the constraints: i have a small house (1000 square feet), a small-ish lot (33 x 122 square feet), and an 8-year-old, a 6-year-old, and a 2-year-old. my partner likes the idea in theory, but has next to no interest in participating. which is fine – this is my passion.

i’m going into year two of the experiment after the ups and downs of 2008. i can tell you that i will never grow brussel sprouts again, and you can read more about my gardening hits and misses (part one, part two).

i still don’t know much about gardening, but i’m learning! most plants want to grow (except for basil, which hates me and refuses to show up) and this eases the process considerably. you can always compost the evidence…

my goal remains: to grow/produce as much edible food and consumer goods as possible in a year given my own personal limitations of time (never-enough), energy (did i mention the 3 kids?) and money (what money?).

won’t you be my neighbour?


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  1. February 2, 2008

    I’m curious why you’re not blogging about urban agriculture using portable sub-irrigated (aka “self-watering) containers. They grow vegetables and flowers anywhere there is enough sun and heat.

    Visit the Rooftop Gardens Project in Montreal. These folks have got their act together. It’s a world class operation.

    Bob Hyland
    Google Greenscaper

  2. March 31, 2009

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  3. Yulia Briman #
    December 4, 2009


    I’ve been visiting your blog several times now and I wanted to say that I find your Gardenopolis very informative and useful. Especially I like your IKEA project. I have some questions I wanted to ask you. Would you mind contacting me at my e-mail?

  4. June 28, 2010

    I found your site this weekend and have enjoyed reading your posts, especially about the jam recipes – thank you so much for sharing them. I started canning last year and am learning to use lemon and boiling instead of boxed-pectin. I also live in S. Ontario and love your plan, but my yard is shaded by the neighbours. I am limited to an herb garden so I go picking or to the farmers markets. Take care and happy canning!

  5. June 29, 2010

    Thanks Brooke!

    If you come across any great jam recipes, please let me know – I’m always on the lookout for something new and recommended 🙂

  6. Ben Sythay #
    June 15, 2012

    the wall garden is interesting, do you sell or install ? if yes, do you have representatives in the Philippines or nearby ?

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