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How To Start An Urban Garden


Start your urban garden with vegetable seeds from Southern States.It seems that everyone is gardening these days. Not just farmers, but people from all walks of life are becoming involved in food production for different reasons. Whether looking for ways to eat healthier or more economically, people are growing their own produce. Even if you don't live on a farm with 40 acres, you can still grow your own food. You might just need to get a little more creative with how you go about it. Urban gardening, the practice of planting a garden in the city, is on the rise all across the country.

Just look around and you will see people gardening in the most unusual places. Urban gardens can be found everywhere; any small patch of dirt in the city will do. No yard? No worries. City dwellers come up with all sorts of ways to have a garden including planting in community gardens, vacant lots, and church yards. Look up in the city and you will find mini gardens thriving on balconies and roof tops.

Do you want to start your own urban garden? Where there is a will, there is a way. The key to success is learning to maximize your limited space. Be realistic about the amount of space you have available and get creative. Sunny spots like a windowsill, patio, balcony, fire escape, railings, front entrance and back deck can prove to be great gardening spots.

Once you find the perfect sunny location for your urban garden, the next step is planting your garden. Container pots, raised beds, window boxes and hanging baskets are all great ways to grow vegetables and herbs in a confined space. Container gardening is the easiest and most popular type of urban garden. Hanging baskets filled with vegetable plants can yield a substantial amount of produce. It only takes a few supplies to create your urban garden: potting soil, growing containers, fertilizer and vegetable seeds. You also may want to have a grow light. Some popular and proven vegetables grown in urban gardens include peppers, lettuce, beans, peas, carrots, and potatoes. Fruits such as tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries can also be grown in containers.

Don't forget the basic rules of gardening – sun and water. These are vital to any successful garden no matter its size or shape. Understanding the sun requirements for each plant will be crucial to the plant's ability to thrive and produce vegetables. Certain plants, such as tomatoes, need 6 to 8 hours of daily sunlight. Remember that watering your urban garden will require ongoing attention. Container plants dry out quickly and need watering more often.

With the right tools and know-how, anyone can grow vegetables just about anywhere. For all of your gardening questions, ask the experts at Southern States®.


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