urban agriculture

Your Urban Oasis

TOMATOES ON THE 23RD FLOOR

“Gardens have an almost magical ability to transport us to another place, far away from our everyday stress and worries. You don’t have to live on a farm to experience the magic. You can carve out a vegetable patch in a tiny urban backyard. You can fill a windowbox with potting soil and create a flowerbed on your apartment balcony. You can even tend tomatoes on the 23rd floor of an office tower.” - Lois Hole, I’ll Never Marry A Farmer

BALCONY BEAUTIFUL

Spending time in nature can be difficult when you live in the city. Start by creating an inviting outdoor space for your family and friends to enjoy! Hole’s carries a huge selection of pre-made flower planters and hanging baskets to instantly make the outdoors actually feel like the outdoors. One quick stop at Hole’s Greenhouses and you’ll be enjoying your balcony like never before! Take advantage of our FREE planter delivery from June 16 to July 10!

FRESHEST FLAVOUR

Straight from your plant to your plate (or cocktail!)—it doesn’t get any fresher than that! Have you ever purchased herbs from the grocery store? They’re affordable and taste great, but after a day or two, they begin to wilt and end up in the trash. Growing your own herbs saves time and money, and prevents waste. Right now at Hole’s, save 25% on Lois Hole’s Herbs & Edible Flowers book with the purchase any of our herb plants!

YOUR URBAN OASIS

A breath of fresh city air—yes, it’s possible! The indoor air we breathe can be stale and unhealthy, but plants are natural air purifiers—and they look great too! Relax and breathe easy knowing your air is healthy and clean.

Where can you start? Try an easy-to-care-for indoor plant like a spider plant, ivy, or fern. Plus, from June 16 to July 10, get your indoor plant repotted for FREE with the purchase of any decorative pot!

Hot Gardening Trends of 2015

Above, a few of the mini terrarium gardens available in our greenhouse. 

Above, a few of the mini terrarium gardens available in our greenhouse. 

Happy New Year! There are many "Hot 2015 Gardening Trends" lists that come out at this time of the year, so I thought that I would compile items from a few of my favourite lists and see what you think.
 
Cool and exciting
 
The first gardening trend for 2015 that caught my eye and that every gardener will love is "plants that are cool, exciting, and not a ton of work.”
 
Now, I think that this “trend” has been around for a long time, but there is little doubt that we all want to reduce the workload in the yard and have cool, exciting landscapes to enjoy. Maybe 2015 is the breakthrough year?
 
Small space gardens
 
Let’s face it, yards are generally getting smaller and everyone wants to get the most out of the limited space they have. Dwarf plants, square foot gardens, and vertical gardening are a few ways to do this.
 
Miniature Gardens and Terrariums
 
Continuing on with the small theme, miniature or Fairy gardens, bonsais, and terrariums continue to grow in popularity. These Lilliputian landscapes look great, don’t take up a lot of space, and can have a variety of themes from fairies to dinosaurs or model trains. The choices are only limited by one's imagination.
 
Urban Agriculture
 
An increasing number of people are rethinking what their yards are all about.

Some are embracing the idea of treating their yards as tiny farms or urban agricultural plots. Some are even campaigning against city bylaws and ordinances that prohibit the use of animals like chickens in residential areas.

I think it’s a pretty good guess that we won’t see a lot of livestock in our cities anytime soon but I do think there will be pockets of more intense vegetable and fruit growing in neighbourhoods.

~Jim Hole

Which gardening trends are you interested in this year? Do you have ideas for workshops that you'd like to see us put on or things you'd like to learn more about this year? Drop us a line at newsletter@holesonline.com! We're programming our 2015 workshops and events now and would love to hear from you.