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Five Steps To City Gardening

Updated on May 24, 2016

Step One To Small Space Gardening

You can grow vegetables almost anywhere if you follow a few simple planning strategies. Growing space for vegetables does not mean you have to have a plot of ground to raise vegetables. You need to examine all available spaces like a patio, a fire escape, a balcony and any window ledges or corner spaces near windows.

Vertical vegetable growing using rain gutters!
Vertical vegetable growing using rain gutters!

Step Two Grow It Vertical

The second step you need to realise is that growing spaces can also be vertical. Many vegetables are good climbers and with the support of a trellis, simple fencing or even bamboo poles can double your growing space. Pole green beans or sugar snap peas are very easy to grow on a support and will continue to supply your table as long as you keep picking the vines. Cucumbers are another good choice for growing on a fence or trellis. Small varieties of vining squashes are also good choices but make sure they are not bush varieties. If you want to try something exotic and new then try a miniature variety of watermelon or cantaloupe.

Step Three Is All About Lighting

The third step would be to consider when growing vegetables in the city is available lighting. The more natural sun the better but track lighting works too. House plants survive on artificial lighting and so can vegetables with the right amount of light. Access the windows for natural lighting where you live. Do you have a patio with patio doors? How about a balcony? Does your home have windows that have accessible ledges or a seating area? Do you have any empty spaces under or near your home's windows? All of these areas can be used to grow vegetables.

Step Four The Right Containers

The fourth action you should take is accessing the proper containers. You do not want to crowd the roots of your plants. Planters can be fun and functional. You can mix colors or patterns to dress up a corner or bring together a corner space while growing vegetables in it. Make sure any container you use has drainage holes to release any extra water. Line the bottom of the containers with rocks, pieces of brick or even old aquarium rock and then cover with a mixture of top soil and potting soil such as Miracle Grow.

Step Five Using Rail Planters

The fifth step you should take is to use all available space If you have a balcony make use of the rails by hanging a planter over the rail to grow lettuces, herbs, carrots, radishes or other small or low growing vegetables. A little tip here for placing your fencing or trellises put them in place and secure them before adding the plants to your container so you have less likelihood of damaging the roots of the plant later.

How to Plant Vegetable Container Gardens


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