Most people believe that farming requires large plots of land.
Well, in this article, we hope to prove this statement wrong by giving you an introduction to urban gardening, the act of gardening in small plots of land, such as backyards, front yards, balconies, and even windowsills.
This movement aims to improve the quality of life in urban areas by introducing green spaces in even the smallest of areas, and so far has gained momentum in densely populated areas such as the Netherlands, New York, and even the most unlikely of places, like China.
But before we begin…
Why should you start a garden in your urban plot?
Most people believe that by reducing their beef consumption, they have done all that is needed to reduce their CO2 footprint induced by their food consumption choices.
But this is not true.
Most of the vegetables and fruits in your local supermarket are often imported from distant countries, causing a huge CO2 footprint.
Other benefits of urban gardens include reducing urban noise pollution, improving air quality, and simply looking nicer than empty concrete plots.
Your garden could provide you with some tasty vegetables or fruit, or it could simply be for decoration. Either way, you’ll be helping the environment!
How to start an urban garden
Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you to start an urban farm, here are a few tips to get you started.
Tip 1- Vertical gardens are the staple of the urban farm.
The rise of vertical farms means that literally, no house owner has an excuse to not grow their own gardens.
Some vertical gardening kits can be quite expensive, but even you don’t have a budget, transforming used wooden palettes into vertical gardens is super easy, as this article shows.
Some great plants to grow in these structures include herbs, such as thyme, parsley, mint, and rosemary, and fruit vines, such as strawberries, melons, and cucumbers.
Make sure that you choose an unobstructed wall facing south to maximize the yields of your crop.
Tip 2- Start with easy to grow varieties
Some species of plants are easier to grow than others. Here are a few beginner-friendly recommendations:
The above-mentioned plants will grow without requiring much water and light, so if you have to leave your home for a few days, they’ll do just fine.
Tip 3- Compost your garbage
This is a great way to both decrease waste and to increase your garden’s yield, killing two birds with one stone.
An easy way to compost is to simply get a trash bin for your egg shells, coffee grounds, and banana peels, and let them decompose naturally.
Alternatively, you can ground them up with a blender and add to the water you feed your plants.
We hope this article has inspired you to take action on your backyard or house.
There is a whole community focused on urban farming, and profiting from it, so if you want to dig deeper, here are a few videos and documentaries on the subject that we’ve enjoyed:
Feel free to drop a comment below with any additional tips!