Urban gardening offers many challenges but at the same time you receive many rewards. One of the biggest problems for the urban gardener is the lack of suitable growing space. This is usually due to small lot size or no lot at all. Another factor is there are many urban areas especially in the larger cities that have tall buildings casting shadows so it hard to receive enough direct sunlight everyday. These of course are challenges but they are not insurmountable. Lets look at some solutions!
Small Space Or No Space To Plant
Even If you have no place to plant you can grow a lot of plants in a container garden. The photo at the right shows a lot of plants packed into a small area . This is a fall planting featuring flowering kale and mums.
You can set up a container like this and use it almost the year round in a small porch or patio area to bring color to your urban dwelling. This container was planted in September and will bring interest and color into the fall.
In early Spring You can fill it with tulips and pansies for a burst of Spring Color. You could also grow annuals or perhaps plants some vegetables or herbs in the container for the summer. The possibilities are endless.
Grow A Vertical Garden
Another great idea is to grow a vertical garden when space is tight this Pallet Planter will let you grow up with out taking up a lot of area. The photo shows a vertical flower wall but it could be adapted to vegetables just as easy growing lettuce, beans or strawberries. Most plants will flourish in a vertical garden. A word of caution root crops are probably the exception as they would be difficult to harvest.
If you would like to build you own complete illustrated instructions can be found at Vertical Pallet Wall
Gardening In Shady Areas
Hosta, dead nettle(Lamium), ferns, and impatients are all shade loving plants that will do good in a garden that does not receive a lot of light. There are actually many plants that will tolerate some shade as well as vegetables and herbs.
You may have to experiment a bit to find the right plants, if a plant is not doing well try an area with a bit more light if it is getting leggy looking. If the plant starts to look faded then maybe a shadier area would be a better choice.
With a little patients and work you will come up with just the right combination for the area you are working on.
The Secret To Having A great Garden
The answer is to become an expert gardener. That sounds a bit daunting but it really isn’t, remember no one was born an expert at anything, it is skills and knowledge they learn along the way that sets them apart.
The best way to acquire the knowledge is not necessarily by reading books, but by experimentation and observation. Sometimes a failure is actually a win because you found out something by doing and not by reading or listening to someone Else’s ideas. These are the lessons we learn the best because they stick with us. These are the things which build character and instill in us an attitude of persistence and not giving up.
The other secret is patients things take time and to get things right you rarely hit it the first time around. When it all does come together and you have a big success the sense of accomplishment and pride are your rewards. The ego boost is icing on the cake and what makes you want to move a head and take on other challenges.
One last thought a successful garden is one that makes you happy. If you love your garden that that is what really counts.