URBAN GARDENING: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED

March 09, 2022 49 Comments

URBAN GARDENING: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED

Do you live in an apartment, dorm or a space that when you spread both arms out, opposite walls are being touched? It is very common to have a small living space, especially when you live in an urban area. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your garden. Typically these places still have windows or balconies where plants can thrive; you just need to find creative ways to get the most use out of your limited area. The key to urban gardening is functionality. The classic question of how to make the best gardening choices for small spaces is about to be answered by following these urban gardening tips!

Tip 1: How to Make Small Grow Taller

It can be tough to have enough room for your urban garden within your already small space, but it is possible to still make the area seem airy and open. One of the easiest ways to create an open flow and have more room to grow is to think of grow vertically. This will facilitate an unfettered look with the ability for more growth. By placing larger pieces of cinderblock on top of one another, you can create a cubby effect for each of your plants with very little leakage. Repurposing furniture such as a narrow bookcase or shelving, by reinforcing the bottom and sides you can plant mini rows of your favorite plants. These simple urban gardening tips will quickly expand your garden’s potential to the top.

Tip 2: Choose Plants Wisely

Now that there seems to be more garden surface in your living space, you now have to make your space functional. The first step to functional living is to realize that not every plant that you want to grow will be able to thrive in the environment that you have created, and serious plant selection is essential. Consider how much sun your growing area gets during the day and how much time you can commit to you garden. Limit overwatering to help lessen damage potential. Pick the plants that will do the best for the area you can provide for them. Their future is in your hands, literally.

Tip 3: Fire Escape Gardening is Great, as Long as You can Still Escape the Fire

When lighting is limited, some people have opted to use their fire escapes to get their plants photosynthesizing. This can be a good use of space, as long as the fire escape can still be used for its original purpose: escaping fires. Check with your building official to ensure that you are not breaking any fires codes and causing an unsafe exiting experience for your neighbors. Just because you have never had to use your fire escape before, doesn’t mean you won’t ever have to use it. Be safe. Be smart. Be green.

By following these three urban gardening tips, your small living space can have a flourishing garden and still be functional!



49 Responses

 Rhonda Gibson
Rhonda Gibson

March 14, 2022

Great Gardening Reference

 Scott
Scott

March 14, 2022

practical tips

Goh Ruyin
Goh Ruyin

March 14, 2022

Well-written blog for the beginner urban gardener

Klauren
Klauren

March 14, 2022

I am an intermediate gardener, and figured I would already know most of what was in this blog

K. Berneti
K. Berneti

March 14, 2022

I live in a suburb house with a backyard, I am interested in starting in raised beds or containers.

 A Clean Bee
A Clean Bee

March 14, 2022

Living in a small, urban home means I have to be creative when it comes to gardening

 Emily Seeley
Emily Seeley

March 14, 2022

Comprehensive and Interesting – love Epic Gardening!

Alexis
Alexis

March 14, 2022

I am so excited to use it this spring and summer!

 Drakyll
Drakyll

March 14, 2022

Wonderful read

 Lisa Lewis
Lisa Lewis

March 14, 2022

Learned a lot reading this

amanda
amanda

March 14, 2022

This is great for privacy and dog safety from crazy neighbors.

 Trish
Trish

March 14, 2022

This privacy screen looks awesome and shades our yard nicely. We live by a busy road (hundreds of cars every day) and it does well giving us some privacy when working in the yard or when the kids are playing outside. Great quality too!

 Jeffrey K.
Jeffrey K.

March 14, 2022

Easy to do

Theresa Valencia
Theresa Valencia

March 14, 2022

gives us a lot of shade and privacy.

 Marlene Brennan
Marlene Brennan

March 14, 2022

Excellent product. Exactly as pictured. Great durability a must purchase if you want privacy in your home. I will definitely purchase again

 Hancock
Hancock

March 14, 2022

Very pleased

 Gustavo Garcia
Gustavo Garcia

March 14, 2022

Perfect choice for me

 Derik Rutherford
Derik Rutherford

March 14, 2022

Nice clean look

 Sonia B.
Sonia B.

March 14, 2022

this is awesome!

 sweeneys
sweeneys

March 14, 2022

Great screen!!

EZ4U2SEA
EZ4U2SEA

March 14, 2022

What a difference these make

Debbie Lasater
Debbie Lasater

March 14, 2022

I will use it

 lisarhr
lisarhr

March 14, 2022

This item is awesome.

 Sharolyn Bleak
Sharolyn Bleak

March 14, 2022

Everything I wanted

 Richard Larsen
Richard Larsen

March 14, 2022

looks nice

AP
AP

March 14, 2022

Perfect for privacy.
 Denise
Denise

March 14, 2022

Love it.

hippiechick
hippiechick

March 14, 2022

This is a cost friendly option for a privacy fence. It was easy to install and and blacks my horses from the neighbor’s dogs.

 spirit
spirit

March 14, 2022

Worked perfectly for me

 Matthew Maldacker
Matthew Maldacker

March 14, 2022

Blackout privacy
 Cassandra
Cassandra

March 14, 2022

Perfect!
 Mscia55
Mscia55

March 14, 2022

Simple privacy solution

 Brenda D
Brenda D

March 14, 2022

Not quite as much privacy as we were hoping for, but easy to put up and some breeze gets through. Looks good!

 Christopher Brandt
Christopher Brandt

March 14, 2022

I used this on a fence because my dog could fit through. It was easy to install and came with ties.

 Kathleen A. Jae
Kathleen A. Jae

March 14, 2022

Very Satisfied with this, Definitely recommend for a little bit of privacy.

JStock16
JStock16

March 14, 2022

Easy to understand.

 Elora Knowles
Elora Knowles

March 14, 2022

a perfect blog for beginners.

Anthony Tolladay
Anthony Tolladay

March 14, 2022

I have always enjoyed gardening, and had good success with it.

 A. Mulcahy
A. Mulcahy

March 14, 2022

Brilliant and relaxed

 Jay
Jay

March 14, 2022

Very useful

 Maria George
Maria George

March 14, 2022

Great for Limited Space Gardening
Curator
Curator

March 14, 2022

I highly recommend!!
CKN
CKN

March 14, 2022

My Favorite Gardening Blog!

 Tyler
Tyler

March 14, 2022

A “Must Read” for any beginner
 Robert J. McGovern
Robert J. McGovern

March 14, 2022

More than just Urban
 qwisatz
qwisatz

March 14, 2022

I would also recommend it to intermediate-level gardeners in milder climates trying to make the most of smaller growing spaces.

oodelally
oodelally

March 14, 2022

I’m a beginner gardener, but I only have a small balcony in LA.

Trinity
Trinity

March 09, 2022

I so want to try something like this for our patio.

Amy
Amy

March 09, 2022

Great! Thank you for sharing

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