After moving back to the states I knew I was going to miss the abundance of fresh, local produce available just steps from my apartment building in Ramat Gan, Israel. Even though we now live in farm country, somehow it is more difficult to access fresh local produce on a daily basis. Our area has a wonderful farmers market, but only on Saturdays and sometimes we cannot make it there on a weekly basis. We decided to recreate our herb planters that we had in Israel, but wanted to experiment with growing some produce in pots. Living in an apartment means no yard to create a large garden. We decided to start small with one potted cherry tomato plant, and a pot for green onions made from an onion that had started to sprout in our kitchen.
We have been benefiting from constant fresh green onions for some time, and they seem to be flourishing in the tiny pot on our patio. But today, we finally got to taste our first ripe cherry tomato grown organically on our own patio. And may I say it was sweet, juicy and delicious! There is something so satisfying and rewarding about growing your own food.
Apartment living has been wonderful for our minimalist lifestyle. The perfect amount of space, no maintenance, no yard work, and low cost. However, the ability to have our own garden beds is something that keeps me wondering if we would want to get a small house with a yard in the future. Luckily we have plenty of time to think about it and we will be sure to weigh the pros and cons to stay true to the quality of life we want to have.
Definitions of "minimalism" and "simple living" are different for each person and each family. It is about living consciously and putting value and importance on what really matters to you. That could mean living out of a backpack, not owning any furniture, having a flexible job or being able to grow your own cherry tomatoes on your patio.