These urban garden secrets will show you no matter where you live it’s possible to grow your own food if you really want to. It’s becoming more important to learn how to grow your own food in case times get hard.
Growing your own vegetables taste better, and are cheap to grow, saving you money. Not only that, it’s fun, and gives you a great sense of satisfaction. What we have here are 5 ways to grow food in any city.
We’ve also included videos to go along with each method to get you going. Pick the one that applies to your situation and go for it.
Urban Garden Secrets:
1-The community garden concept: An increasingly popular option in the urban/suburban environment is the concept of a “community garden.” As Natural News has reported in the past, this concept has been adopted by organic- and fresh-produce-minded people in cities large and small, and the movement is definitely “growing,” if you’ll pardon the pun.
One organization, in fact, is dedicated to the spread of a version of community gardening known as “urban farming” (which just happens to also be the name of the organization). The group began in 2005 with just “three gardens and a pamphlet.” Today, its website boasts over 62,300 “residential, community and partner gardens that are part of ‘The Urban Farming Global Food Chain(R).'”
The concept is simple: Find an empty lot and get together with your neighbors to plant, cultivate and harvest a range of crops. Everybody shares in the labor and everybody shares in the harvest.
Now, for individual efforts:
Urban Garden Secrets For Vegetables
2-Bucket veggies: You’d be surprised what you can grow in a five-gallon bucket you pick up from Lowe’s or Home Depot.
“Even if you don’t have much sunny ground, you can still experience the pleasure of harvesting your own vine-ripened tomatoes and other crops. All you need is a generous-size container, good potting soil, and a suitable spot – a patio, deck, or corner that gets at least six hours of full sun a day,” Sunset magazine notes.
3-Urban Garden Secrets ForSprouting: Growing your own sprouts is a great way to augment your other crops. As noted by Jules Clancy, creator of The Stone Soup food website, “sprouting turns legumes and grains into living plants with more vitamins, such as vitamin C, B and carotene. It also helps the absorption of minerals.”
4-Rooftop raised gardens: Don’t live in a house with a deck? With a little help from neighbors and permission from the landlord, you could build some raised gardens on the roof of your apartment building (provided you have easy-enough access to the roof). Your crops will get plenty of sun, though you will likely have to irrigate them at some point (which is true of anything you’re trying to grow).
5-Window boxes: Though limited in what you can grow in them, window boxes are another way you can grow fresh. Herbs and sprouts do well in window boxes.