Urban Gardens: Grow Your Own Veggies Anywhere

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 24th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Gardening isn't just for people with big backyards anymore. Even people who live in apartments can grow their own vegetables in an urban garden. Let's look at this trend.

Urban Gardens: A Growing Trend

Tiny green tomatoes, small peppers and leafy bunches of lettuce are growing in my garden and heading toward my salad bowl even though I live in a small city in Upstate New York. My garden is located a few blocks away from my house in an urban garden.
Urban gardens are simply communal gardens located within urban areas. In exchange for a small fee, gardeners get their own plot. Plots are located in raised garden beds and are fenced in to keep away woodchucks, deer and rabbits. Even cities aren't immune to these garden-destroying pests.
Urban gardens are a trend that has been growing in the past few years - pardon the pun. People who live in apartments or in houses with small or no backyards can find the space they need in urban gardens.

Advantages of Urban Gardens

There are many reasons why so many people are participating in this trend. People are becoming more aware of the food they eat. With urban gardening, you know exactly where your food is coming from because you are the one who planted it. You don't have to worry about where the lettuce came from.
Growing your own vegetables is so much healthier and tastier than buying vegetables from the supermarket. I can walk a few blocks to my plot, pinch some lettuce leaves and be home to make a salad within a half hour. Soon, I'll be able to add peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers to my salad.
Urban gardens help to beautify cities. A garden full of vegetables is much more attractive to look at than a rundown, abandoned lot. These gardens are a good use of space within cities.
Urban gardens are also convenient. My city has at least one garden in every major section. No one has to drive too far to visit the garden. In fact, most people are close enough to walk.
Gardeners get a good deal in my city. For $30 a year, you can plant anything you want as long as it's legal. You can visit at any time. You don't have to pay extra to use garden hoses to water your garden, and you can use as much mulch as you want. Our garden does its own mulching.
If you forget your rake or shovel, don't worry. There's usually a tool shed on site for gardeners to use. Just don't forget to return the tools.

Growing a Great Urban Garden

When it comes to growing an urban or any kind of garden, just remember the two W's: weed and water. You'll need to weed at least once a week and more often if the weather is rainy or humid. How often you water depends on the weather. You may need to water every day during the hottest days of the summer. However, you can take a day or two off from watering after a heavy rain.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get over to my garden and get some lettuce for my salad.


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Jun 2013 (#)

love this and it is such fun to walk amongst these gardens and see all the flowers, veggies and herbs that people grow...delightful too the fragrance of them...thank you Connie...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, Cnwriter. It's a wonderful use of vacant space. i'm just sorry I can't share some of my veggies with my Wikinut pals!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Nice share, Connie. One needs green fingers and also cooperative spirit among those who share the space. When we grow essential vegetables ourselves it gives us a sense of fulfillment too - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Excellent points, Silva. We do need to cooperate to make it work, and we do.

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author avatar Mike Robbers
25th Jun 2013 (#)

It's always nice to hear about such projects. More and more people become aware of the importance of healthy, organic food. Thanks for sharing.

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