How to build an urban veggie garden

With more of the population taking up residence in urban cities, planting vegetables and growing gorgeous gardens can seem like a logistical nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways you can grow vegetables and gardens in your inner city apartment or townhouse and create the ultimate urban veggie garden.

You first need to select the type of fruit, vegetables or flowers you wish to grow in your urban veggie garden. Some are more suitable to apartment gardening than others.

windowherbs_hr3For example, planting herbs will be an easier option that trying to grow potatoes in a small space. Lettuce and strawberries, peppers and tomatoes are also great options.

Also check the back of the seed packets before planting to asses the spacing required. Some require spaces of up to 15 inches between plants, which isn’t ideal for apartment gardens. Opt for plants that can get away with being placed closer together.

il_fullxfull.803534674_qpjjYou don’t need a yard in order to start your urban veggie garden. You can use anything from a planter box to a plastic ice-cream container to re-connect with nature and plant healthy vegetables fresh to your plate.

After you’ve selected the fruits and vegetables you wish to plant, and the containers you will use to grow them in, you then need to find the perfect placement for them to grow.

The best thing to keep in mind is to make sure your urban veggie garden will be in a position to receive adequate sunlight to help your garden grow.

Use your apartment rooftop:

Pictured here is Thorlaksson’s back yard, which has become Santa Barbara Urban Farms. Check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sburbanfarms
Pictured here is Thorlaksson’s back yard, which has become Santa Barbara Urban Farms. Check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sburbanfarms

If your apartment has a rooftop that you can use, consider placing your garden here. Apartment rooftops will allow you a bit more space so you can use bigger containers and plant more fruits and vegetables.

Use your apartment balcony/terrace:

fire-escape-gardenYou can also position your urban veggie garden on your apartment balcony or terrace, so long as it gets enough sunlight.

Use the windowsill:

widow gardenIf your apartment doesn’t have a rooftop or a balcony available, just use the sunniest windowsill in your apartment.

Inside gardening:

verti-garden-kitchenIf none of the three above options are suitable for your apartment, you can also try an indoor grow stand like the 3-tier SunLite Garden. It can be a little pricey, but it provides three levels of garden growing potential which you can pack with fresh fruit and vegetable plants.

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