Thanks To His Pandemic Garden, Man Hasn’t Been To The Grocery Store In 8 Months
The pandemic has altered our lives in many ways, even in relation to menial, everyday tasks. Before COVID-19, I never really minded going grocery shopping. Now, I dread it. Between waiting in lines, anti-maskers, and trying to steer clear of other people while tossing things in the cart as quickly as possible, it’s definitely not an enjoyable pastime.
Fortunately for Alessandro Vitale, he hasn’t needed to go to the grocery store in nearly nine months – all because he chose to start a vegetable garden at the beginning of the pandemic. The 29-year-old tattoo artist from Italy moved to London, England six years ago, ultimately moving into an apartment with a shared garden. Having grown herbs and small vegetables on his windowsill for years, he was thrilled to expand his growing capabilities.
With an 8 x 5-meter patio to work with, Alessandro set out creating garden beds, a wall trellis, tons of planters, and even a small greenhouse. In his first harvest, he reaped the rewards of 30 different kinds of vegetables including cabbage, carrots, garlic, fennel, leeks, cauliflower, and broccoli. Another perk of Alessandro’s garden? Everything he grows is 100% organic.
Growing up, Alessandro would help his grandfather in his vegetable garden. Over the years, Alessandro’s love of nature and gardening grew, and it’s now one of his favorite hobbies. His harvest produced so many tomatoes, he was able to make tons of pasta sauce using his grandmother’s secret recipe, which he is in the process of stockpiling to get him through the winter!
Alessandro also has a YouTube channel – Spicy Moustache – where he provides tips and tricks for growing vegetables and herbs in urban spaces. Aside from the obvious money-saving benefits of growing your own food, there’s also some great peace of mind involved, knowing exactly where the food you’re eating came from. Great work, Alessandro – you’ve inspired me to try my hand at growing my own herbs and veggies this spring!
h/t – Good News Network – thanks for sharing Alessandro’s wonderful pandemic project!