Urban Gardening Tips

Gardening in metropolitan areas can be tough. There are obstacles you may find you have to cross that gardeners in rural spaces may not. Growing vegan almost always means growing organic and we want to help you ease the burden of having both right at your fingertips!

Before you start your urban garden, here are a few things to consider:

  • Space – Having the right amount of space for your garden may not be easy without a yard, but optimizing the space that you do have is the key!
  • Shop Local – We mentioned the significance of shopping local in our Health Foods Shopping 101 post. Buying your gardening supplies locally not only helps you find fresh and organic options, but contributes to small businesses who could really benefit from your purchase!
  • Planters – Buying the right planter is going to be a huge part of your process. Making sure you’ve identified your growing direction and location of your planter will make a world of difference in the outcome of your plants. Will you hang your planter? Move it around a lot? Either way, there’s different options for your preference!
  • Natural Light –Urban areas may not be as exposed to the amount of sunlight that your garden will need. If you plan to plant inside, make sure you have a clear window space or utilize any outdoor spaces that you can! Rooftops and deck areas are great for soaking up the sun. This also means that when you leave for the day, you should be letting a peak of sunlight pour into your space by cracking the blinds or drapes where your garden is. Make sure you do this in an area that you don’t mind getting a little warm.

Now that you’ve got your starting points, you’ll need your food! Here’s a list of beginners friendly vegetables that you definitely could use to spruce up your garden and your dinner:

  • Salad leaves or greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Mint leaves
  • Beans
  • Onions

If you’re looking for what’s in season, check out this list of vegetables categorized by the month that they flourish! Courtesy of CUESA!

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For all of our experienced urban gardeners out there, we could never use enough tips! Comment your favorite tricks of the trade below!

Happy Gardening!

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