Nothing is better than the idea of home grown fresh vegetables and spices for the table, that save your family money on your grocery bill, help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint from packaging and shipping, and make you like like the bad*** environmental ranger/super hero homemaker you’ve always wanted to be. The problem, however, that so many people face when trying to obtain that garden ninja fantasy is an unfortunate total lack of space! This is especially prevalent in cities where space comes at a premium, and outdoor areas to work in are a tough commodity to find. Luckily, in recent years, the popularization of Urban Gardening has driven more and more innovative solutions to be developed for the modern city mouse. Let’s get planting, Deco & Bloom style, with Ways to Start an Urban Garden of Your Own.
3 Ways to Start an Urban Garden of Your Own
Use Unusual Planters: Let’s Face it, city life is lovely, but cramped! When trying to grow an urban garden, you might not have space for traditional planters, so you may need to rely on more unusual solutions to get the job done. Try things like mason jars and shoe organizers to give smaller plants, like herbs and spices, a good space to call home. To give larger plants enough room to expand, try larger objects like 5-gallon buckets (Just Paint the out side of it with some non toxic paint and call it a day ♥), Metal Trash cans, and old not in use bathtubs! Even old gross tires can get in on the Eco game if you stack them high (3 or 4 should do) fill them with dirt and plant potatoes in them! The name of the game is to be creative!
Choose Your Space Carefully: When planning your garden consider the area you have to work with. Indoor spaces are perfect for smaller plants, but remember that they’ll need to be able to live in almost all shade. Balconies are also great spaces for larger plants, but growing there may mean giving up some of your already super limited outdoor space. When possible, try to using stylish hanging planters to reduce your square footage and add in some decorative flare.
Pick The Right Kind of Plants: Different plants thrive in different conditions, and when choosing your plants it is important to think about what you want out of your garden. Before you go all in and start buying seeds, do a little research and find out what varieties will thrive best in your area, and exactly how much produce you can expect to receive from them. Spice gardens are a great choice that will grow almost anywhere, and require very little space, but if you are looking for something little more substantial then a some careful planning and good organization may be necessary to maximize your leafy bounty. What is your favorite tip for starting an Urban Garden? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win our monthly drawing.