Start Of The Urban Garden
Urban gardens are a connected network of community that are conceived of, cultivated by, and supported through its local residents. Urban gardens help to transform blighted spaces into a place of healthy growth and beauty. They can provide fresh vegetables and fruits for people to share and enjoy. If the space can receive six to eight hours of sunlight a day and has access to a water source, it can be turned into an urban garden.
Types of Urban Gardening With Vegetables
Urban gardens can take the form of residential balcony gardens, rooftop gardens, community lots, school gardens, and more. Urban community gardens can be used to grow a lot more veggies than just placing them in a pot. Urban gardening with vegetable gardens can be grown in stacked raised beds in a variety of patterns and configurations that have equal access to the sunlight. To have successful urban gardens, there are different systems, which includes:
1. Soda Bottle Drip System
This DIY soda bottle drip system is a slow delivery drip irrigation method that uses recycled soda bottles. Through this method a device is employed that slowly delivers water into the soil directly around the roots. Insert a BPA free soda bottle with its bottom cut out, into a space next to the vegetable plant when it is young and leave the top off. When it gets empty, just top it up from the hose.
2. Square Foot Gardening
Square foot urban gardening consists of 4×4 or 3×3 above ground boxes that are filled with clean, healthy soil. The boxes are divided into square foot sections that provides lots of spacing between each vegetable plant. This type of gardening can fill an entire space even if it is small.
3. Self Watering Grow Box
Self watering system are simple and growing vegetables with them, lessens constant eyes on their watering needs. Simply devise a reservoir where water is poured into it every now and then, with the veggie seeds and seedlings soaking up the water through their roots.
4. One Pot
Urban gardening with vegetable have great success with a single pot that is packed. For example, a galvanized water trough is used, where holes are drilled into it. It is then filled with soil, where groupings of vegetables are planted together.
5. Vertical Gardening with Salvaged Materials
Many urban garden communities can use wood products of all types to make a vertical raised growing box to grown vegetables.
6. Tree Wall
A wall is built in between fence posts for a vertical and horizontal planters of rows and rows of produce.
7. Shoe Organizer
Shoe organizers are another DIY urban garden method. Strips of wood, thatched together, where canvas shoe organizers are hung to grow vegetables.
Growing Vegetables In Containers
Varying sized containers can be used to grow vegetables in large abundance and which eliminates the need for ground plots. Large containers can grow large head of lettuce, beans, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes can be grown in containers which have excellent drainage. Smaller containers are used for shallow rooted produce, like smaller varieties of lettuce, radishes, carrots, and more. The containers to house vegetables should be raised about an inch or two off the ground, possibly with blocks.
Multi-Purpose Urban Vegetable Gardens
Vegetables fall into two categories, annuals and perennials. Urban garden growers are constantly cultivating their produce, therefore, growing both annuals and perennials side by side can be accomplished. Vegetables can also be grown in hanging baskets or on trellises in the city. Hanging baskets can be placed wherever there is space and these styles can accommodate many different types of vegetables, especially in trailing varieties, like beans and tomatoes. Urban vegetable gardens are the utmost in growing, what is called superfoods. Additional vegetables that can be grown successfully in the city, includes: squash, artichokes, asparaghus, onions, sorrel, radicchio, and more. Urban gardening with vegetables is further attained with the incorporation of chain link fences or secured wire to create a convenient and inexpensive growing structure for vining vegetable growth.