A Quick, Simple Guide to Growing Vegetables on Your Patio [Infographic]


As a city girl, I dream of having the perfect garden, on a fire escape or otherwise, full of healthy plants, fruits, and vegetables for me and my friends to eat. In this perfect garden, there are no bugs, no pests, no rabbits trying to eat carrots, just perfectly organized little plots of vegetables, arranged even more neatly than the supermarket’s fare.

So when I say that these infographics totally add fire to the flames of that dream, you’ll quickly understand what I mean.

They neatly display how to arrange your garden, and the cheat sheet summarized the basics of home gardening for beginners. This intensive informational guide tells you everything you need about planting, from the kinds of care and soil you need, to pests to watch out for, to when to plant seats and when to harvest.  It even offers some suggestions on which vegetables to plant together, to help you save space and deter pests.


H/T Design Taxi, Picthx Good to Be Home


Amazing Plant Grows Both Tomatoes and Potatoes, AKA Ketchup and Fries


Imagine a world where your favorite food combos could grow on one plant. A chicken and waffle tree, perhaps? Or maybe a Nutella crepe bush? Well, science is getting it all started with the TomTato plant — a vine of cherry tomatoes attached to potato roots. Or, as I like to see it, the ketchup and fries plant.

So maybe it’s not as indulgent as the former suggestions, but I think we can all agree this is one cool creation by horticultural company Thompson & Morgan. Apparently, tomatoes and potatoes are in the same plant family (and they call the former a fruit, bah!), so the combination actually makes sense.

The science behind it goes something like this: the fruit and vegetable are initally planted and grown separately, but after a few weeks, the tomatoes are cut off the stem. Then they’re matched up to potato stems, eventually fusing together to create nutritional pathways. Both foods remain just as they would solo, the only difference being shared energy sources. Thus, the TomTato is born!

Check it out in action below:

Now that we’ve had our daily dose of science, where the ketchup and fries at?!

H/T NBC News 


Herb Garden BBQ

If space is an issue that has been coming between you and your grilling desires, look no further than this Hot-Pot BBQ from Black + Blum.  When not in use, it appears to be an ordinary terracotta pot, but when you’re ready to turn up the heat, slide the herb garden off the top to reveal a charcoal grill underneath.  Toss some meat on the stainless steel cooking surface, and season the food with fresh herbs that have been growing in the planter.  ($124 @ Apt 2B)