Since plants can help improve mood, air quality and provide both beauty and sustenance. Having an urban garden is becoming extremely popular.
However many people find choosing exactly what and how to garden can be tricky, depending on where you live.
Even if you live in the heart of a big city, it is still possible to grow a garden. That even includes those who live in apartments.
All it takes is a windowsill for some plants. Others can handle less sunlight… or even no sunlight.
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What is an Urban Garden?
In this post, not only are we going to define what an Urban Garden is, we are going to look at some of the elements including the many benefits.
First of all, let’s look at the meaning of the word Urban Garden in case you were wondering what one consists of.
What is the meaning of an urban garden?
That can be defined by you, your needs, and the space available. An urban garden is anywhere you grow plants.
It may be on a rooftop, such as many found in big cities. New York has some and so do several other cities such as London.
It could be a window garden. Even if you don’t have a greenhouse window, plants can be placed on the sill, counter or even a table near the window. These hanging plant baskets are perfect for small spaces.
The biggest problem with totally indoor gardens is that they will have to be hand-pollinated. Many cities also have community gardens.
Each gardener gets a plot of land to plant as they desire. Some plant trees, others plant veggies and there may even be a flower garden or two.
Many modern family gardens today that have ample space will utilize container gardening with a few in-ground plants.
Why is urban gardening important?
There are a lot of reasons urban gardening is important.
They range from food security to saving the environment, with many other issues in between.
Here are a few reasons why is urban gardening important:
What are the types of urban garden?
The reality is, when it comes to urban gardens, there can be as many types as there are ways to think of putting plants in.
Some that you practice may be unique to your specific living situation.
Which then may be completely different from what your neighbor practices, and of course, there are many others that can be done.
Why is it important to grow food in urban areas?
There are a lot of reasons that make growing food in an urban area important. Food deserts do more harm than simply making it harder for people to get fresh produce.
These areas can lead to deficiency disorders, obesity and other health problems that end up killing the urban poor.
Growing food in an urban setting helps to build oases in the food desert.
It’s more than that, though. It can help teach our youngsters about the cycle of plants while they are helping in the garden.
It provides physical therapy for those who need to work on manual dexterity, and it has many great health benefits.
Eating the food that you’ve grown is another factor. It tastes better when you’ve been the one who planted it, tended it, harvested it and then eat it.
It also has a lot more flavor. Most grocery store produce was picked green and gassed to look like it was ripe.
What problems do urban gardens solve?
Urban gardening helps the environment. It’s not just the bees; it’s all of the other animals that are trapped in said environment.
We have a family of raccoons and another of opossums that enjoy some of the fruits we plant.
Plants help oxygen levels because they “breathe” carbon dioxide and “exhale” oxygen. Cities are known for having carbon dioxide problems, and this helps clean up the air.
Urban gardening helps the wildlife that can still be found in cities. Crows and other birds eat seeds and insects. In some areas, there are foxes in the city, usually in larger parks. They also need access to food.
While I wish the previously mentioned wildlife in our backyard would be more willing to share the goodies, they also need food… and feeding them pet food is a bad plan.
What is an Urban Garden?
An urban garden is what you (the gardener) make it.
Within the limits of space and weather zones, it can be a lot of small pots, a mix of small and large, or in the ground.
It can climb up walls or become them. It can be a forest area or a plot on someone else’s property.
The good news about urban gardens is that they will help you and your family to thrive. Gardening is healthy, promotes mental health, and provides healthy food. It’s good fun for all ages.
Read our Urban gardening resources on this site to help you get started.
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