Urban gardening: two huge buzz words, and for good reason. Folks want to live greener and eat healthier, and urban gardening helps you do both. It also teaches you a few things about patience and creativity along the way.
Here are a few items to consider before getting your hands dirty.
1) What can you manage?
Whether it’s pots on your balcony or a nice-sized yard ready for a food forest transformation, knowing what you can handle is everything. Consider planting, watering, fertilizing, and pruning, as a few things you’ll spend time on to maintain your garden space.
2) What are your sun and space limitations?
Certain types of greenery can grow in the shade, but if you want flowers and edibles, you need at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. Only have a few bright windows or a balcony? Get creative with hanging baskets and window boxes. If your space doesn’t lend itself to any decent sunlight, find a community garden to join. You’ll find some like-minded folks, and contribute to the spirit of the urban gardening movement!
3) What are your growing goals?
Are you looking to soften the view out of your apartment living room window or to build raised vegetable beds in your backyard? Define your vision and consider the cost of doing each. If you’ve never gardened in your life, start small, and then watch your vision grow.
4) Consider your source.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, starting with seeds is the way to go. There are some great seed resources out there that offer non-GMO, heirloom seeds for herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Seeds take longer to grow but you’re guaranteed an organic crop, plus they teach you a thing or two about patience. Consider buying native trees and shrubs . They require less water, are adapt to your cities climate, and provide food and shelter for native wildlife.
5) Be creative!
Urban gardens present such great challenges, which is what makes them some of the most unique gardens across the country! From vertical gardens to eliminating grass all together, food and forestry is being grown both horizontal and vertically, in some of the most unique ways imaginable. Get onboard!
Are you an urban gardener, and what are your practices? Please share with us below in the comments section!