Urban Green Thumb Adventurers
Tomatoes, peppers and beans are favorites among New York City gardeners, but why stick to what’s traditional? More than a few adventurous greens thumbs appear to think that way.
Take Audrey Silk, a retired police officer, who grows tobacco in her Brooklyn backyard. Silk estimates that her 100 tobacco plants will save her more than $5,000 in cigarettes. The defiant New York smoker started with an initial crop of 25 plants in 2009.
Silk apparently is not the city’s only tobacco grower. Her seed supplier had more than 1,000 New York City-based tobacco-seed customers last year.
If tobacco’s not for you, look no further than your kitchen pantry for inspiration, as Michael Tortorello describes in the New York Times. Tortorello attempts to plant what he finds in his kitchen – among them nutmeg, mustard, poppy and caraway seeds, chick peas, lentils, ginger, and even the seeds of a fig. His success rate was modest. The mustard and poppy seeds sprouted, and the chick peas and the lentils came in strong. The fig seeds? They never stood a chance as they were likely from an asexual variety, Tortorello writes.
All in all, he gets an A for effort and creativity.
Entry filed under: City Farmers, Local Food Production, Urban Agriculture. Tags: Audrey Silk, caraway seeds, chick peas, city tobacco growers, fig, fig seeds, ginger, lentils, mustard seeds, New York City gardens, nutmeg, poppy seeds, tobacco.