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Urban gardens have been steadily rising to popularity since the prevalence of the industrial mindset, and many city dwellers have adopted this wonderful idea. In addition to the practicality of these gardens, they provide a great alternative for those who cannot house a full garden.

Here are some of the main benefits associated with building an urban garden;

  •     They improve air quality
  •     They refrain from introducing harmful chemicals into soil, water and air
  •     They reduce heat by diffusing it
  •     They work as an effective pollution filter
  •     They provide habitats for smaller creatures such as birds and butterflies
  •     They provide you with freshly harvested vegetables which have a higher nutrient content
  •     They save money when they save you trips to the grocery store
  •     They offer food security in times of crisis

If this has convinced you to try and take up urban gardening, read further to learn how to create an urban garden and discover your green thumb.
Studies have indicated that people find solace in growing plants in their home and office spaces. So here is how to start.

  •     Soil is one of the most crucial factors in any kind of gardening.
  •     The ideal soil is deep, loose, fertile, well drained, rich in nutrients and free of weeds.It may be challenging to find the right soil balance at first, but it will come with trying different methods of soil improvement.
  •     After you have found your soil balance, fertiliser can be used to optimise plant growth. There are many alternatives ranging from store bought to kitchen waste such as eggshells and coffee grounds.
  •     Once you have found which plants you want to grow, storing the seeds well is crucial. You can store them in your freezer, but when removed, wait till the container is back at room temperature before taking them out.
  •     You can also regrow many plants from cuttings, as they can regenerate from just a small part of themselves, usually root or stem.
  •     Remember to water your plants, and research the water requirements of each species for effective growth and minimum water usage. You can also utilise grey water for your daily watering needs, as long as you use natural detergents.

We hope this has ignited interest in urban gardening. Leave a comment below to share your own experience with urban gardening!
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