Urban Vegetable Garden Guide


The urban grower planning their vegetable garden should consider available resources, especially space and light. While soil can readily be purchased at any home and garden store, the growing space in most urban locations will be limited to balconies, indoor spaces, and possibly a small yard. Growing crops in container, including raised beds, is probably the most efficient choice for most gardeners as this allows for greatest control over soil quality and watering. If growing indoors, careful observation will be required to make the most of natural sunlight. Artificial lighting can be used if necessary, though this type of light is considerably more expensive and less effective compared to natural sunlight.

Apartment Gardening

Urban Vegetable Garden Guide
Micro GreensDue to their relatively low requirements and quick time to harvest, greens make an ideal choice for urban gardeners and others with limited space and soil. Full-sized greens often require less light and maintenance than root or fruiting-type crops. Other types of greens, such as microgreens or baby greens are ready to harvest within weeks of sowing. Sprouts are the quickest way to generate versatile, fresh food but are somewhat limited in nutritional content relative to other crops.


Patio GardeningWith care and planning, more traditional crops can be grown in urban environments, including tomatoes, beans and root vegetables. Unlike greens and sprouts, these crops have greater sun and resource needs and will require a longer growing season to reach maturity. Consistent southern exposure becomes especially important in these locations, and terraced containers or raised beds are one way to make the most of available light and space. Additionally, many of these crops require considerable soil depth for complete development. Ten inches should be adequate for most root vegetables, with some varieties of carrot needing twelve inches or more.



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