Sometimes the winter can stop us from eating fresh veggies, but there are some hearty plants that can survive in the semi-harsh climates of your kitchen window even in February. Here is a list of great plants to grow inside in the winter.
Packed with vitamin A, full of beta-carotine, and a great anti-inflamitory, carrots are a wonderful vegetable that is super fun to grow. There are more types of carrots than you probably realize, making them great for a garden with limited space. There are even some carrots that only grow a couple inches deep so you are able to plant them under very limited circumstances. Plus, since you eat the root once you eat the carrot, you can swap them out for something new without too much investment in sill-space.
Romaine, Spinach, Arugula, all great for the winter window garden and for your health. Dark leafy veggies are a powerhouse of good nutrients and fuel. Plus you don’t lose the plant after you harvest as long as you only eat the outer leaves, allowing the middle to live on and grow more salad!
This is my personal favorite herb. So versatile and so delicious. Fresh basil turns up the flavor on your favorite Italian or Thai dish plus it smells great. It is full of vitamin K and has anti-bacterial properties, making it a healthy addition to your diet.
Kale is one of the easiest winter greens to grow. It is hearty and versatile, good for a raw salad or a side of cooked greens. Like other dark leafy veggies, Kale is high in iron and has wonderful inflammatory properties.
This is a new one I’m going to try tonight! Apparently if you put a piece of ginger from the grocery store into water or moist dirt with the freshest ends sticking out, it will start to grow more ginger and begin to develop roots. Ginger has been popular for centuries as a stomachache cure and an anti-inflamatory, plus fresh grated ginger tastes great in a stir fry!
Rosemary is easy to grow and turns into a little bush that resembles a Christmas Tree! Great as a tea, in a soup, or on top of potatoes, rosemary is a pungent and wonderful addition to winter recipes. It also improves circulation, helps with digestion, and like other green leafy-s, is an anti-inflamatory.
Like ginger, all you need to grow a green onion indoors is a green onion and a cup of water. The Vitamin A and K in these green garnishes promotes good bone health and eye sight.
Chillis are a colorful and exciting addition to the indoor garden space. Pick from a variety of different chillis to spice up your meals and your window sill. Also great for clearing your sinuses when you get the winter flu.
When you go to start your garden be sure you have drainage for your plants by either having a pot with holes at the bottom (and a dish to catch water) or by placing pebbles at the bottom of your pot. Also be sure to pick a place with plenty of sunlight to compensate for the indoors.
Get creative with your containers! An old coffee can or a cool old toy can make for a unique and stylish accessory to your apartment that is also fun and practical.
At first not even Lionel Higgins was sure if he was gay or not after he started masturbating to his roommate having sex, but then he was invited to a party where it seems like everything made sense.
Higgins meets a guy who tells him: “I don’t subscribe to heteronormative labels” which instantly becomes a pick up line.
Reggie Green (Marque Richardson) is at a party hosted at his white friend’s house when a song starts playing that includes the N-word.
The white friend sings the word — because it’s part of the song — and Reggie tells him not to do that because it’s not cool … even if it is part of the song, just hum over it or something.
Don’t Touch My Hair
Lionel is hanging out at his new kinda friend’s house when his white female roommate reaches her hand over to touch Lionel’s fro all the while saying “you don’t mind, do you?”
Yes, white girl. He minds.
All Black People Look the Same
Reggie was walking down the hallway when the school’s coach told him he’d see him at practice later … only thing is that Reggie isn’t on a sports team.
Even after a bit of back and forth, coach still couldn’t seem to understand that Reggie was not who he thought he was.
They’re all pretty low quality and once in a while you get a gem like “Get Out.”
“Dear White People” perfectly illustrated the lack of representation in movies when the squad went to see one and said that most black movies can pretty much be split into two categories: “cheap urban drama or tragedy porn.”
Being Woke vs Assimilating
After Reggie had a gun pulled on him, the Black Student Union gathered to brainstorm action plans and that’s when Coco stood up and spoke her truth.
She said it didn’t matter if you were woke if you ended up dead and that sometimes it’s better to basically shut up and assimilate because then at least you can survive. *snaps*
The entire series is filled with instances of microaggressions, but the greatest was when Coco was reminiscing about her friendship with Sam.
The two shared a room in which Coco’s white friends would come over sometimes and during a particular hangout session, the ignorance was at a high and we knew it would be so when the friend started off with “can I ask a dumb white girl question?”
Black People at a University
The excitement and inner joy you feel when you see a fellow black classmate walking down the halls is beyond real — like sometimes you feel like running up to them and embracing them in a bear hug, but that would be too awkward.
Sam, of course, didn’t care. When she first saw Coco she exclaimed: “Black person!”
Light Skin Privilege
Yes, there’s privilege within the black community as well and “Dear White People” just addressed it.
After one of Sam’s radio broadcasts where she plays Coco’s rant on air, the latter called her out for her light skin privilege telling her “Imagine the reaction if your divisive revolutionary drivel were coming from the mouth of a real sister. You get away with murder because you look more like them than I do.”
SN: Adapted from his recent book, The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida provides CityLab a walkthrough of the decline of modern suburbs. Please take note, as in the quote above, it is the inner ring suburbs that suffer disproportionately, and despite any misgivings about how they developed and how much they contributed to the ills of the past, I would argue that just like the prior decline of our inner cities, Americans should not turn their backs on these established inner ring, or middle, burbs. It will take some creativity, the protection of existing green space, more density, an increase in mixed used development, and a whole lot of transit. Not easy, but infinitely better then abandoned 7-11s, office parks, and cookie cutter homes. The space simply needs to be repurposed and not left to blight.
From Florida and CityLab:
The New Suburban Crisis
During the mid-1980s, before anyone thought of the suburbs as being on a downward trajectory, the urban designer David Lewis, a Carnegie Mellon colleague of mine at the time, told me that the future project of suburban renewal would likely make our vast 20th-century urban renewal efforts look like a walk in the park.
Incongruous as it might seem, the suburban dimension of the New Urban Crisis may well turn out to be bigger than the urban one, if for no other reason than the fact that more Americans live in suburbs than cities. Members of the privileged elite may be returning to the urban cores, but large majorities of almost everyone else continue to locate in the suburbs.
Across the United States, more than one in four suburbanites are poor or nearly poor. In fact, the suburbs of America’s largest metropolitan areas have more poor people living in them than their inner cities do, and poverty is also growing at a much faster rate in the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of people living below the poverty line in American cities increased by 29 percent. During that same period, the ranks of the suburban poor grew by 66 percent. Seventeen million suburbanites lived below the poverty line in 2013, compared to 13.5 million urbanites. Concentrated poverty also resides in the suburbs—the numbers of the suburban poor who lived in neighborhoods of where at least 40 percent of residents were below the poverty line grew by 139 percent between 2000 and 2012. That’s triple the growth rate for concentrated poverty populations in the cities.
Economic mobility is significantly lower in more spread-out metros today than it is in denser cities. While it remains true that persistently poor urban neighborhoods concentrate and perpetuate a cycle of poverty, poor suburban neighborhoods also present challenges: They isolate and disconnect their residents both from jobs and from economic opportunity, and also from the social services that can mitigate poverty’s worst effects. Even when suburbs have social services, the poor are less able to access them because they are harder to find and harder to reach than urban social services.
Growth today is in fact concentrated in dense urban areas and at suburbia’s far-flung peripheries. Population growth is occurring fastest in the farthest-out (or “suburbiest”) parts of suburbs and in the densest urban neighborhoods, as real estate economist Jed Kolko wrote for CityLab in 2015. It’s far less expensive to build on the wide-open, undeveloped land in outlying areas than anywhere else, and it’s easier to grow fast when you’re starting from nothing. The densest urban places are attracting people and jobs because of their convenience and improved productivity. Meanwhile, the middle of our suburban geography is being hollowed out and squeezed economically: Growth is bypassing the older suburban areas that lie between the two poles of urban center and outlying new development.
When all is said and done, the suburban crisis reflects the end of a long era of cheap growth. Building roads and infrastructure and constructing houses on virgin land was and is an incredibly inexpensive way to provide an American Dream to the masses, certainly when compared to what it costs to build new subway lines, tunnels, and high-rise buildings in mature cities. For much of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and on into the 1980s and 1990s, suburbanization was the near-perfect complement to America’s industrial economy. More than the great mobilization effort of World War II or any of the Keynesian stimulus policies that were applied during the 1930s, it was suburban development that propelled the golden era of economic growth in the 1950s and 1960s. As working- and middle-class families settled into suburban houses, their purchases of washers, dryers, television sets, living-room sofas, and automobiles stimulated the manufacturing sector that employed so many of them, creating more jobs and still more homebuyers. Sprawl was driver of the now-fading era of cheap economic growth.
After bills on my income level I’m left with an average of $6 a day, that’s not just food money, that’s money for emergency expenses, clothes, cleaning supplies, fun, socializing, hobbies, AND food. Sounds minimal but I’ve lived off less! I’ve been under the poverty line my entire adult life, so I’ve gathered a bit of advice over the years. This blog is for people who aren’t vegan due to the assumption that they can’t afford it. This blog is also for vegans who want a less repetitive diet but don’t know how to budget it. This blog may or may not be helpful to poor vegans with children, I can’t say, I have no kids. I try to keep poor healthy and not boring. This blog is proof that you can get an all-inclusive vegan diet on any budget, if you can afford food you can afford eating vegan.