Sometimes, when we think of gardening, we often picture having a large backyard or rows and rows of plant beds filled with various kinds of fruits and vegetables. But some people, who don’t have the luxury to have a huge space, but still want to experience the joy of growing their own plants, or even their own food. Urban gardening is a great way to experience such things while still living in a city.
So here are some tips on how to start your own urban garden at home:
- Assess the area and Location, Location, Location – Sunlight means photosynthesis. So whether you want to keep your plants indoors or outdoors, make sure to place them in an area where there is adequate sunlight. After that, check the area if you have access to soil. If not, then this can be an opportunity to utilize small pots or reuse food containers for your future plans. In addition, reusing old ice cream or plastic containers can help you save a few dollars. At the same time, it’s the next best choice if you have soil that is too poor to support plant life.
- Decide on What To Plant – Since most urban areas/houses don’t have enough backyard space, especially those living in apartments or in a condo. Whether you want to plant vegetables or ornamental plants, choose a plant that can thrive in small or confined spaces and that you will have enough time to take care of it. But, to make it more sustainable, why not try planting vegetables like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, even herbs like mint & rosemary, plants which can be a great addition to your marinade or just a garnish in for your next roasted chicken.
- Some useful tips! If you don’t have the time or the extra money to buy plants or seeds, how about, planting some of your vegetable scraps or seeds from your kitchen. Like the bulb of onion and lettuce. Or maybe some bell pepper seeds after you have removed them from the fruit.
- Prepare healthy soil – A good plant starts with good soil. The success of your future plant starts with good and healthy soil. Think of it as your foundation. For starters, start with good soil and then introduce additional layers like mulch, to help facilitate the growth of microorganisms. But also, mulch, which acts as a barrier against the elements. Keeping nutrients intact while helping the soil avoid soil erosion.
- Start Small & Take It Easy – It’s easy to go overboard and just go out and buy a bunch of seeds or plants from your local nursery. But before you head out, it’s better to take some time and carve out a plan for your space. First, start small. Maybe try growing cherry tomatoes or bell peppers. Then see how it goes. Once, if you get a hang of it, then slowly add a few plants at a time.