So you live in a city and have a small space with nothing in it, and you’ve been thinking about starting an urban garden. Here, we’ve outlined everything you need to know and consider before you get started.
As a general rule, we always recommend that you grow what you like to eat. Start small, and aim to grow that one plant that will inspire you to keep growing.
That being said, herbs are always a great place to start. They are generally easy to grow, attract pollinators, and add great scents to the garden and great flavors to the kitchen.
If you’ve got a balcony, patio, terrace, or even a patch of concrete or rooftop, then containers are the best thing for the job. We say that you can grow almost anything, and if you have a lack of space, then grab yourself a container!
Buckets, tubs, trays, crates, an old boot. You name it! If you can fill it with soil, you can grow in it.
Most vegetables can’t handle the harsh elements very well so the next big thing to consider is shelter.
Having one side protected by a wall is a big advantage, especially if you’re gardening on a rooftop or a balcony on an upper floor. Generally, the higher up you go, the windier it gets. Wind can both damage your plants and dry up soil much faster than usual, leading to the need for more frequent watering.
If you can, reserve your most sheltered spots for your most delicate plants. If you need extra protection there are several ways to block the wind by putting up wind barriers. Anything from plastic tarps, bamboo screens, wooden fences, etc. can work wonders.
- Cheap, lightweight, and easiest to move around.
2. Clay pots
- Have that classic garden look, but are heavier.
- These pots are porous and so they absorb water from the soil and makes your plants dry out more quickly.
- May crack when temperatures drop below freezing in the winter.
3. Ceramic Pots
- Many different designs, colors, and finishes, and looks.
- Don’t cause as much moisture loss as clay pots.
- Can be very heavy especially once filled with wet soil
4. Fabric Pots and “Grow Bags”
- Cheap, lightweight, and may have handles making them easy to move around.
- Breathable fabric allows air to get at the plant’s roots, a process called “air pruning” which prevents the plant from becoming rootbound.
- May only last a few growing seasons.