If you live in an urban area and enjoy gardening, you probably can’t wait for spring to come. Each and every year, thousands of men and women start their own urban gardens in large cities across the country. Magazines like Reader’s Digest and Urban Organic Gardener offer tips, tricks, and methods that will improve urban gardens – but few of these articles talk about the importance of gardening education.
The more useful gardening tips you collect, the more success you’ll have in crafting your garden and reaping the rewards.
With that being said, we want to touch on five of the most important urban gardening methods for 2017 – and how you can take advantage of them in the coming months.
1. Use the Right Containers
The first and most important thing you need to know when it comes to urban gardening is the importance of using and choosing the right containers. Containers make it possible to garden on your porch, patio, or windowsill with little or no issues regarding space. Rarely, if ever, does urban gardening take place in the ground. Each container should have holes in the bottom, allowing the plant to drain as it is watered. You should research specific containers necessary for the plants you’d like to grow. After all, vegetables are far different from flowers – and require different levels of depth and sunlight.
2. Give Your Plants Room to Breathe
While urban gardening is all about tight spaces, you still need to provide enough breathing room for your plants to grow. This means using separate windowsill boxes for large plants. It also means placing potted plants at least six inches away from each other – sometimes more, depending on the plant. In addition to making sure your plants have room outside their containers, you should make sure they have room within their containers. Ensure that each plant has plenty of room to drop roots and branch out. You don’t want to be forced to buy more containers later.
3. Take Specific Needs into Consideration
Every single plant has different requirements and needs. For urban gardening, it is absolutely essential that you take note of the specific requirements of each vegetable, fruit, herb, or flower you plan to grow. Determine how much water, sunlight, shade, and heat each plant needs. From there, make a list of possible locations within your home. Choose one based on the needs of the individual plant.
4. Explore Vertical Gardening
Vertical gardening is always a concept of worth exploring. This unique idea involves growing plants vertically on chicken wire or a trellis against a wall. Encourage plants to grow upward, rather than horizontally. Not only will you save room, but you’ll be able to grow larger fruits and vegetables that are vine-based.
5. Be Cautious with Water
Since every plant requires a different amount of water each day, you’ll need to make note of specific water requirements. It might be helpful to create a board or a booklet to keep track. Remember, in some locations, your plants may be exposed to rain. If this occurs, you’ll need to keep in mind that some plants have already been watered for the day.
Urban gardening can be a fun, relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the spring and summer months. Take these tips to heart and see what you can do.