Top 5 Urban Gardening Ideas to Grow Your Own Foods
This article was guest written by Cloe Matheson
Do you love the idea of biting into fresh, organic fruits and vegetables? There is something about home produce that is crisper and juicier than the store-bought stuff. Read on for 5 flavor tips on how to spark your green thumb into action and grow your own food.
Picture a cute windowsill chock-full of fresh herbs. You’ll no longer need to add flavour-enhancing packets to your grocery list. Establishing a windowsill garden gives you the opportunity to grow your own produce in tiny spaces.
Stop throwing out herb plants after only plucking a few leaves. Instead, plant your favourite herbs in your windowsill garden. Herbs like coriander and parsley can be expensive for their weight, so this can help those on a tight budget. Your window garden can range from inexpensive to more intricate. For more permanent gardens, you can buy designed terracotta windowsill gardens to host your herbs.
Shipping containers are an innovative method of growing fresh produce. These recycled shipping containers are insulated and climate-controlled. This ensures that your produce grows without a hitch.
Using shipping containers as a garden also helps reduce setup time when compared with a greenhouse. Greenhouses can take weeks to set up and often required a lot of maintenance. If you are stuck for time, opt for a repurposed shipping container and let its efficiency surprise you. These containers are perfect for those who have a concrete backyard space. Instead of tearing up concrete and laying soil, you only need to worry about filling the dedicated space in the container.
Raised beds and square foot gardening
Square-foot gardening on a raised bed is definitely one to please the organised amongst us. Square-foot gardening also works well in small spaces as you can adapt the garden to fit your nooks and crannies.
Square-foot gardening involves creating organised squares around your garden area. From here, you then group your produce and confine them to the squares. Square-foot gardening is great in limited spaces as it yields high amounts of produce due to intensive planting. Raising these gardens is also aesthetic and are easier to tend to.
Guerrilla gardening is the act of planting and cultivating plants on land you don’t own. You should try using small, roadside sections or even abandoned lots that aren’t being cared for. There are several important things to be aware of when guerrilla gardening. You may be trespassing, which means the destruction of your garden at the owner’s will. You may even land yourself in legal trouble for this, so ensure you double-check before planting.
Edible landscape, forest gardens, and permascaping
When creating your landscape, consider utilising the principles of permaculture. This involves giving a significant section of your available space to your garden. Giving this amount of space to your garden can create an almost forest-like appearance. Cultivate a wide and diverse range of plants. Everything from towering corn stems and fruit trees to lowly root vegetables.
Creating your garden in a permaculture manner acts as a form of edible landscape. Your permascape will also create a secluded and shaded mood in your space.
There are is a surprising range of things you can do with a limited amount of space.
If you have a small apartment with little outdoor space, take advantage of windowsills or consider guerrilla gardening if suitable. Where you have more space, consider setting up something larger and more devoted to your gardening needs. Get inspired by these ideas and put that green thumb to use!
About the author: Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer from the scenic city of Dunedin, New Zealand. Cloe has a passion for trying new ways to lead a more environmentally and sustainable lifestyle. She believes that there’s no better place to start living green than in your own home. You can read more of Cloe’s work here.