With container and vertical gardening becoming more popular today, more city-dwelling homeowners are considering the possibility of building their own green spots. If you’re one of those people, you’re in luck! Highlighted below are the steps you need to follow so you create an urban garden that actually thrives.
* Decide on the location of the garden. There are many corners in the home where an urban home garden can be built. Examples include the balcony, an unused corner, or even an unused shelf or windowsill. Areas to use do not necessarily have to be those exposed to sunlight during the daytime. There are plants that do not need lots of sunlight, after all.
That said, you can decide on the plants to be grown as you determine the best location for the urban garden. Alternatively, you can determine the plants to grow before you select a spot to build the garden.
* Are you having trouble selecting plants to grow in your urban garden? Make the selection process easier for you by thinking of vegetables you love most that you can grow on your chosen location. If you’re still new to gardening, go for tomatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers.
* Buy your seeds from a garden supplies store or garage sale or neighbourhood garden supply sale. If you’re looking to get seed packets for cheap, you can look into the latter two options. If you’re looking to get only a fixed number of pieces and not an entire packet, you can get seeds by piece through certain garden supply shops that offer this option.
* Soak the seeds in a container filled with clean water for two days straight to improve their immunity, stimulate their growth, and prevent any seed-borne diseases from developing.
* While waiting for the seeds, determine the containers to use. You can use anything as a plant container. Plants can thrive in old mugs, toys, and soda bottles, as long as you don’t forget to create drainage holes under them.
* Plant your seeds in containers filled with soil. To do this right, create a deep hole that’s as large as a single seed and is deep enough to allow that seed to thrive. Then place a seed in that hole.
* If you like, you can create a pebble bed on the surface. Pebble beds are a creative way of indicating where exactly the seeds were planted.
* Water the plants and soil as necessary, preferably with rainwater you stored in a Rain Water Tanks Direct water tank. Remember that some plants need to be watered often, others do not.
Know that you can also determine if the plants need to be watered by checking the soil of one container. If the soil in that container is dry, it’s time to water the plant/s in that container.
* Label the plants. The labels can be placed on the container or next to a grouping (in the container) composed of the same plants. For the latter, a tiny piece of cardboard on a stick is a good enough label.
* Apply fertiliser as needed or once a week. Organic fertilisers help to ensure that the plants get the required amount of nutrients.
* You can create your own compost once you have learned the basics of gardening. Compost works the same way as fertilisers but has a different composition. Whereas fertilisers take on spray or pellet form, compost is composed of biodegradable kitchen scraps such as old bread, coffee grounds, and fruit and vegetable peelings.
* Enjoy your little urban garden.
* Maintain the health of your plants by spraying the top and bottom of each leaf with organic insecticide. The bottom part of the leaf in particular needs to be sprayed properly since pests lay their eggs there.