Urban gardens are a fantastic option for supplying your own food, and for eating better through ecological agriculture. It's becoming more common to see this type of garden in large cities, in open spaces like abandoned lots, neglected parks, or in neighborhood association terraces.
But, what if we want our own garden and only have limited space available to us? If you have a small terrace or balcony, or a well-lit bookcase, you can create an urban garden using a few simple tricks to take full advantage of these spaces:
- A small terrace: may be the most appropriate and easiest space for creating a garden. Here, it would be ideal to get everything necessary for an elevated garden. These elevated containers come in various sizes and can be filled with dirt, substrate and plants. Thus, you won't have to plant in more cumbersome and complicated soil.
- Balcony: a smaller space than a terrace. Therefore, it is best to use the most vertical models possible, or traditional window boxes, in a rectangular shape.
- Well-lit indoor shelves: we can create a "vertical garden". An interesting way to create a vertical garden is by reusing pallets. By attaching them to the wall, we can hang the potted plants that we want. Special stores also have devices for hanging pots using the height of the vertical garden instead of the width.
Another practical and beautiful option are Kokedamas, of Japanese origin. This technique is simple, since it involves using 'balls' of moss, from which the roots of the plant that we choose will be fed. You just need to submerge it in water once a week as part of its upkeep. Beautiful, affordable and effective!
What do I need to create an urban garden in small space?
- Seeds and sprouts: it's best to purchase seasonal plant sprouts, since not all of them grow the same way during the winter as in the summer. It is best to buy sprouts and not seeds, since these can be cultivated quickly and easily.
- Materials: dirt and substrate. Humus is the perfect fertilizer, we can place it on the dirt from time to time to enrich it.
- Space: choose the right vegetables, fruits and herbs for your space: a fruit tree that works perfectly on a terrace isn't the same as a tomato plant that can grow above the ground and is more appropriate for balcony gardens, for example.
- Light: you need to think about whether the area where you are planting you garden has sufficient hours of daylight. If it isn't very well-lit, you will need to keep this in mind when choosing the vegetables, fruits or plants that you want to grow.