Best Ways to Grow a Garden in a City

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If anyone is an urban dweller, they have a unique challenge when it comes to growing a garden — space. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t grow their own delicious produce. In fact, with these tips on how to maximize the limited space they have at home or in their apartment building, they’ll be able to create a productive and beautiful garden even if they live in the heart of a major city.

Let’s Get Vertical

Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize space, whether anyone lives in the suburbs or in a high-rise condo. Vertical gardens can be done with many different types of plants and containers, so there’s no excuse not to give it a shot — even if they think their balcony is too small for a garden.

This gardening can be done with many different types of containers: wood, metal, or plastic; big or small; plain or fancy. People could even use old pots from their kitchen. There are lots of options when it comes to choosing what kind of container individuals want for vertical gardening — the sky’s really the limit.

Spice it Up With Natural Light

The use of natural light is a great way to save money and maximize a person’s garden’s space. Be sure to make use of window boxes, window sills, and any other place where people can install some plants with access to the sun. For instance, if they have a large kitchen window with ample sunlight that doesn’t get much natural light during the day due to being covered by trees outside, consider installing a planter or two on their countertops. They’ll be able to easily reach these plants throughout the day without having to climb up onto anything dangerous or even standing on their tippy toes.

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Be Decorative With Potted Plants

Use pots for the garden. If people have the space, they can use pots to grow food and flowers. Individuals can also use them to help keep their garden tidy by separating plants that need larger spaces from ones that don’t.

Plant herbs in windowsill planters or in hanging baskets outside of the kitchen window or both.

Grow garlic and onions in containers; they’re very easy to take care of and will yield delicious results when eaten raw or cooked into meals.

Keep the Garden Healthy With High-Quality Soil

Good soil is important for the health of one’s plants. It’s a living thing, composed of organic matter, minerals, and water.

Organic matter is what makes good garden soil great. The organic material provides nutrients to plants that are essential for their growth and development. Organic matter is also home to beneficial fungi that help keep plant roots healthy and free from disease-causing organisms.

Use a Hydroponic System in Tight Quarters

Hydroponic gardening is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead, plants are grown in water and bathed in nutrients. This makes hydroponic systems great for those who live in an apartment or have a limited amount of space to grow.

Hydroponics uses 90% less water than traditional gardening methods, which makes it an attractive option for anyone looking to save money on their water bill. Additionally, hydroponics can be done indoors or outdoors — but since people are not dealing with soil, their outdoor garden doesn’t need as much maintenance as a traditional one does.

Grow a Beautiful Garden Anywhere

Even if someone is an urban dweller, they can still create a productive and beautiful garden with these tips.

Planting an herb garden is a great way to add fresh herbs to one’s cooking. Herbs such as rosemary, sage, and thyme are easy to grow in small spaces and will thrive indoors or out on the windowsill.

A raised bed garden is an excellent option for those with limited space who want to get their hands dirty without having to be too concerned about how much room they’re taking up on their property. Raised beds can be made from any material that provides drainage and support for plants: concrete blocks or wood planks work well but so do pallets or even wooden crates.

Don’t Feel Overwhelmed

Hopefully, these tips have been useful to anyone who’s looking to grow a garden no matter where they live. There are so many great ideas out there, but don’t be overwhelmed by them all! Pick one or two things that seem like they would work well for your situation, give them a try, and see what happens.

Written by Sheena Robertson

Sources:

Extra Space: Design a Beautiful Urban Garden with These 26 Ideas
Miracle-Gro: What Is Hydroponic Gardening?
Family Handyman: What Is Hydroponic Gardening?

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