This April, urban farmer and social media celebrity Allesandro Vitale (better known by his online persona “Spicy Moustache”) is releasing a new book entitled Rebel Gardening: A beginner’s handbook to organic urban gardening. This is a must-buy hardcover for those interested in a carbon-free lifestyle, as it contains creative and accessible strategies for growing organic produce and wildflowers — no matter where you live.
What Is Urban Gardening?
Green space is too often a privilege, and people living in more congested, urban areas are lucky if they even have a backyard. Nonetheless, Allesandro Vitale is on a mission to integrate the healing power of healthy soil and plants into your busy lifestyle. City dwellers need to think outside the box when it comes to growing food. The term urban gardening describes different methods for gardening that adapt to city living, such as windowsill garden beds, rooftop green spaces, or containers on apartment balconies.
In his book, Vitale outlines affordable, beginner-level techniques for creating organic garden spaces, including a list of plants that tend to thrive under these nontraditional conditions (for example, herbs, tomatoes, and greens do well in containers). He also discusses seed-saving, garden care, and inventive recipes (dandelion honey, anyone?).
Why Does Urban Gardening Matter?
People need to be exposed to nature and deserve autonomy over the food they eat (a concept referred to as food sovereignty). Urban gardening not only improves food access but reduces your carbon footprint (since your food doesn’t travel as far). Urban gardens and small green spaces throughout the city also help mitigate runoff and create shared, natural gathering spots for your community.
Not everyone can afford an EV, and too often, sustainable products tend to be more expensive. But Allesandro Vitale is determined to show you that local, organic food and beautiful spaces are within your grasp. Don’t want to wait for the book release? You can discover more of his content, including recipe ideas, at spicymoustaåche.com. Or, spend a rainy afternoon binging his YouTube channel (while falling in love with his Italian accent).
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By evee Life Contributor
Published March 13, 2023 6:10PM
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