Urban gardening is a trend that is taking off in a big way across our cities and towns – challenging the idea of what a garden can be. As more of us spend our lives in the city, urban gardens could be the way of the future.
What Is An Urban Garden?
Once upon a time, when people thought of a garden, they conjured up images of a private space on their doorstep, filled with beautiful furniture, bird tables, and flower-filled pots. These days, however, an urban garden is just as likely to be the reality.
Increasing numbers of cities across the UK (and indeed around the world) are recognising that those who live in apartments or in homes without sufficient space for a garden would like access to an outdoor area too for growing plants and vegetables and in which to enjoy warm days.
As more and more people across the globe are living in cities rather than in rural environments, the trend for urban gardening is increasing exponentially. From tiny backyard gardening plots to window boxes and even community spaces, urban gardens are on the rise in today's modern society. With gardening starting to take place on rooftops and even in indoor hanging gardens, our cities' populations are becoming more creative than ever before.
How Does Urban Gardening Work?
Urban gardening takes a variety of forms depending on the place, the person, and the size of the space that they have available. Those that have only a windowsill as their only access to the great outdoors may choose to have a window box or pots in which they can grow small plants or herbs. Those who have a small patio or balcony can use that space to grow a surprising range of plants, and can even maximise the mount of room for growing by using hanging baskets or vertical planters on the wall.
Rooftop gardens are also becoming very popular, especially in modern apartment developments, as architects have realised that families would prefer to have some outdoor space to enjoy the summer weather and to appreciate the beauty of nature on their doorstep.
Tips For A Future Proof Urban Garden
Urban gardens definitely look set to be the way of the future as more of us find ourselves in smaller properties with limited outdoor space. If you are keen to start your own urban garden, here are some tips for getting started.
Why not consider growing herbs or vegetables in a container. Even if you have a very small balcony, patio or front yard, a couple of planters represent an ideal way to grow food of your own.
If you only have an indoor space, you don't need to give up on your dream of gardening. Plants can grow even in a small apartment as all this is required is light, water and the correct choice of plants. Bathrooms are a great place to grow orchids, for example, thanks to the humid environment.
Rooftop gardens allow a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Offering a perfect panoramic view over your surroundings, they are a wonderful spot in the full sunlight to relax on summer days. With enough room, you can even add a small patio set or space-saving rattan sofa for a pleasant seating area.
If you're lucky enough to have even a small front yard, you can still pack it with colourful plants. All that is required is a small area of soil, or even enough space to fit in a couple of planters, and the front of your home can be converted into a beautiful eye-catching display.
Another option for an urban garden is in a front porch space. With plenty of light from the glass windows, you can grow a wide range of flowers or plants in this small area, and it will create an attractive visual display that will boost the curb appeal of your property.
Although urban gardens are, by their nature, small, they can be perfectly formed and represent the perfect way to bring more light and colour into the city landscape. By creating your own miniature urban garden, you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of gardening while improving the appearance of your local area.
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