Making your very own urban garden is really not a lot of work, and with a good irrigation system it is also easy to maintain. On our travels to Hostel 7 in Goiânia we discovered a flower bed facing the facade of the hostel that needed some refurbishing, so we decided to get to work and cultivate our very own garden to give the guests access to untraveled, CO2 free herbs for use in the guest kitchen.
The flower bed was at the time filled with dry soil and cigarette butts, but after a few hours work the difference was incredible. We got rid the garden of weeds, fertilized the soil that was already there and planted herbs such as coriander, parsley, chives and basil. We also utilized the water from a nearby dormitory’s A/C to help with our irrigation system, that only requires someone to turn on a tap for 30 seconds every other day to water the whole garden.
If you don’t have a space to make a flowerbed like at Hostel 7 Goiania, another idea is to plant the different herbs in pots, like Hostel Marina dos Anjos in Arraial do Cabo. These can be nice decorations at the hostel, and can be put in the kitchen, at the breakfast or on tables used by the guests, to make it easy for them use the herbs.