Gardening Tips: How to Plant an Urban Garden

Gardening Tips: How to Plant an Urban Garden

If you home’s located in an urban area, you may think that you can’t plant a garden, but think again! Just because you don’t have a backyard or an abundance of outdoor space doesn’t mean that you can’t create your home garden. If you have a balcony or even just a window, you can plant your very own urban garden by using planters, containers or hanging baskets. Today, we provide you some gardening tips to help you spruce up your urban home with some colorful summer plants.

Choosing Your Urban Garden’s Location

Plants only need three things to survive: sunlight, water and soil. The first step in starting your urban garden is to choose the location where your plants will have ample access to the sun. On average, plants need between six to eight hours of sunlight each day. If your urban home has a small yard, courtyard or rooftop, then these areas would work best for an urban garden. If your home doesn’t have a yard but it has a well-lit balcony or window, consider choosing this location for your urban garden so it can be exposed to natural light. If your home is missing a bright balcony or window, then perhaps an indoor garden is right for your space. Examine your home to see which areas receive the most sunlight throughout the day, and that area will most likely be where your indoor garden should live.

Selecting Your Planter

Chances are that since your home’s located in an urban area, it may not have access to grass or ground soil that would be ideal for creating your garden. For this reason, you’ll need to purchase planters for your flowers and foliage to reside in. When it comes to selecting a planter for your home, your selection may vary depending on your garden’s location and your personal taste. If you’re planning on adding a balcony or window garden, then hanging planters will be best for your outdoor space. But if you have access to a bright outdoor space, then flower pots that rest on the ground will be best for you. Outdoor planters come in a variety of materials like terracotta, plastic, wood, metal, foam, ceramic and concrete just to name a few. The cost of planters vary depending on material used, so choose your planter according to your specific price point and aesthetic preference. Don’t forget to check that the planters have drainage holes on the bottom.

Picking Your Soil and Plants

Now that you’ve chosen your location and containers, now it’s time to start planting! When it comes to selecting soil, there are a variety of different products on the market. Since your plants won’t be in the ground, we recommend purchasing potting soil from your local home improvement store. This type of soil tends to be lighter, which will help to drain the excess water from your planter to avoid drowning your plants. Because your plants will be limited to smaller containers, opt for flower types that have shallow roots. Flowers like zinnias, tulips and daffodils thrive in urban settings. If you’re looking to create an herb or vegetable garden, then zucchini, green peppers and onions tend to grow well in urban areas. No matter what plants you choose for your urban garden, make sure that you water each plant regularly!

Who said that just because you’re an urban dweller you can’t have an outdoor garden? By following these tips steps outlined above, your urban garden will soon be thriving!

2 thoughts on “Gardening Tips: How to Plant an Urban Garden

  • May 10, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to plant a garden but I live in an urban area. Thanks for the advice about how planters are a good option when you can’t plant in the ground. Now all I have to do is find some hardy flowers to plant!

    • May 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Sarah! We’re always happy to help. Urban gardening is always a little tricky when you don’t have as much green space to work with. Let us know how it goes with your planters!


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