Urban gardening and growing your own food in the city is a rising trend. Here are 7 go-to tips for best gardening results in the city.
Are you a city dweller whose love for gardening is confined to rooftops and windowsills? If so, then you need all the green thumb hacks you can dig up. Here are seven helpful hacks to help your urban garden grow and make your big city gardening efforts more fruitful.
1. Go the container route
Whether you have access to a rooftop or not, chances are you don’t have much spare room for a garden. However, planting in containers gives you the flexibility to move your garden anywhere.
By planting in stylish containers, you can make your plants part of your décor. You can also rearrange your potted plants for optimal sun exposure whether they’re indoors or out.
2. Choose potting soil over ground soil
If you’re planting in containers or small raised beds, it’s best to go with potting soil as opposed to ground soil. Potting soil is less dense, designed to drain better, and it’s sterilized, which means it will keep weeds and fungal diseases at bay.
One of the easiest gardening hacks to follow is controlling your water use. A thirsty plant and a plant suffering from root rot due to overwatering look the same. If the soil is moist and your plant’s leaves are still wilted, you could be overwatering.
Make sure you water the soil to the point it’s wet, but not drowning. In addition, if your plant containers have drain saucers, make sure they aren’t holding any standing water. And remember, when gardening indoors, a little water goes a long way.
4. Choose the right size of container
The rate at which your plants grow could have everything to do with container size. By simply moving struggling plants to a larger container and starting seedlings off in larger containers, you will promote root growth, which helps plants grow larger and stronger.
5. Track the sun
Once you have the watering figured out, you need to concentrate on the other part of the plant-growing equation: the sun. If you’re primarily growing your garden indoors, then you need to track which windows have optimal sunlight.
This will probably change throughout the day, so instead of moving your plants all over your apartment, simply choose the window that gets the most midday sun. Midday sun is stronger than morning and late afternoon sun combined, which is a good thing for your plants.
6. Get vertical with your herbs
Herbs like basil and parsley aren’t deep-root plants, which means they’re ideal for growing vertically. Vertical wall planters or even stacked planters are great space savers for indoor herb gardens. Just make sure your vertical garden is near a window for optimal sun exposure, because they aren’t easy to transport.
7. Use pellet fertilizer
Gardening in containers and raised beds tend to wash out fertilizers and plant food. To avoid washout, try using slow-release pellet fertilizers instead of traditional powder or fine grain fertilizers. Pellet fertilizers last longer, which means you won’t have to fertilize as often.
Growing your own food in the city
Just because you live in the city, or have a smaller outdoor living space, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a vibrant garden of your own. With the right supplies and the right practices worked into your daily routine, you can grow your own food in the heart of the city.