Today was the day of my first harvest of mesclun lettuce from my little urban garden I planted in August. Thanks to my cousin for teaching me how to start my own pot garden on the balcony – I'm now growing mesclun lettuce, kale, chives, and bibb lettuce. I planted the urban garden using organic soil, organic fertilizer, and heirloom seeds.

I was eating some of the baby greens before adding them into the green smoothie – ah – heaven. The taste was incredible, soft, and of course tasted better since I grew it in my own garden with no chemicals – completely organic.

Doesn't that bowl of mesclun baby greens just look beautiful?

Mesclun Harvest September 19, 2010

Mesclun Harvest September 19, 2010

It was so easy to plant and then water and watch it grow. So far I've been very fortunate to not have any bugs that eat the lettuce or worse – kill it. It's actually quite fun watching it grow and seeing the stages of growth each week. I've noticed that the lettuce definitely likes the cooler weather we've been getting here in Seattle.

The bibb lettuce isn't quite ready yet; it's still growing and I haven't seen a base or head of lettuce pop out yet.

Bibb Lettuce August 23, 2010

Bibb Lettuce August 23, 2010

Bibb Lettuce September 19, 2010

Bibb Lettuce September 19, 2010

The kale is really growing, especially since the temperatures dropped about 20 degrees in the last month. I'm really excited to start harvesting the kale, but not yet; it's still growing.

Kale August 23, 2010

Kale August 23, 2010

Kale September 19, 2010

Kale September 19, 2010

Lastly, the mesclun lettuce as you can see is growing like crazy and I was able to harvest it today for a small bowl of baby greens. Yum!

Mesclun August 23, 2010

Mesclun August 23, 2010

Mesclun 2 September 19, 2010

Mesclun 2 September 19, 2010

As I've been drinking more green smoothies and buying more varieties of greens, I was thrilled to learn more about urban gardening and how I can have my own greens through a good portion of the winter. Gardening is something that most people can start themselves even if you live in an apartment. You don't have to have a big plot of land to begin a garden – instead start an urban or pot garden on your patio that is truly manageable.

The hardest part – which isn't even hard – is the first time you plant the seeds. After that it's simply watering, watching (the fun part), and then harvesting the fruits of your labor.

Mike Lieberman from Urban Organic Gardener really allowed me to see how simple it can be to plant a garden with just pots. If he can start an urban garden in NYC on his fire escape, surely I can start a pot garden on my balcony.  Check out his garden:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIQpEqdd754

So, if you want an even better green smoothie; start planting your greens in your own home garden!

Question:  What kind of greens have you planted and which ones do you like the most for your green smoothies?  Go ahead and answer below.

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