San Francisco Department of the Environment

Grow Your Own

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Choose a living plant, instead of cut herbs and vegetables. Herbs are easy to grow, can live indoors, and don't require a lot of space. You won't have to worry about wilting or wasting – just pick fresh as needed!

  • Cilantro, chives, parsley, rosemary, and thyme are easy to grow throughout the city. You just need sunlight and water.
  • Basil will grow in warmer areas of San Francisco.
  • Salad greens grow well in foggy areas. Try lettuce, mustard or dandelion greens.
  • Radishes are easy to grow and fun for kids!

If you're new to gardening, consider starting with potted plants. If you're planting directly in the soil, make sure to get your soil tested and learn about lead-safe gardening practices.


Additional Resources

Gardening Classes: Grow Your Own Food (Garden for the Environment)

Find a Community Garden You Can Join Today (SF Environment)

Sign Up for a Community Garden Plot (San Francisco Recreation & Parks)

Lead-Safe Garden Practices (San Francisco Department of Public Health/Garden for the Environment)

Garden for the Environment's Resource List (Garden for the Environment) - extensive list of local resources for soil and compost, worms, manure, woodchips, education and community groups, and pest questions

San Francisco Urban Agriculture Resources (SF Environment)


Love food? Keep it fresh.


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