It can be quite challenging to have a decent garden in the city. A lack of space is usually the first obstacle, but then there is the issue of finding dirt and the right plants to grow as well. I’m sharing some tips for gardening in the city and hopefully you will find them useful.
1. LOCATE the BEST LIGHT SOURCE
Most garden plants need at least 5 hours of sunlight to be able to produce what they need to grow. You may have to watch for a couple of days to identify where the most light falls during the day. This is where you’ll start your garden spot.
2. FIND a GOOD PLANTING MEDIUM
Garden centers usually have a variety of planting mediums on hand. While dirt is perfectly acceptable, you’ll need to think about what you will do with all those pots full of dirt when the plants are finished growing. Most mediums can be drained, stored in a large container, and used again later on.
3. THINK SMALL
You probably aren’t going to want to plant corn if you live in the city. Although it could be fun, getting the stalks to grow tall enough to produce corn is a big challenge. Not only should you think about opting for small plants to grow in your garden, but you should also consider using small containers. There are plenty of herbs that can be grown in a simple window box.
4. REUSE EMPTY CONTAINERS
Butter tubs, milk jugs, juice containers, and even egg cartons are all useful for either getting plants started or for growing them. There’s no need to go out and spend a lot of money on pots for planting your garden in.
5. UTILIZE WINDOW SPACE
If you don’t have a small yard, patio or balcony at all, there is always the option to use old soda bottles and grow plants in them. Cut the bottom off, leave the lid on and then fill with a planting medium. You can hang them with string from a window and place a plant inside each one. Alternatively, fills your windowsills with pot plants and herbs so it feels as though you are looking out on a garden.
Please feel free to share any additional gardening tips other city dwellers might benefit from.