The best urban gardening method for your neighbor, relative, or even parent, may not be the one that works best for you. Every urban gardener is unique so the methods that work best are as various and individual as there are people.
Even so, there are some standard methods that form the basis of most forms of gardening. And, the best urban gardening method for you will most likely be a variation of one of these. To learn more, let’s take a look at an article over at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.
What Is The Best Urban Gardening Method For You?
Some people are faced with a dilemma when planning their vegetable garden: should they plant their garden in the ground, or in raised beds, or even in pots? Each of these choices has advantages—and disadvantages.
If you are blessed with a large, full-sun garden plot that has rich, well-draining soil, planting directly in the ground may be the easiest way to start your garden. However, if your garden site has compacted clay or very sandy or rocky soil, you can spend the time and effort to improve it by adding a lot of organic material. But you may want to consider a different option.
Raised Beds – While creating a raised planting bed involves a considerable amount of work at the beginning, once it’s completed the ongoing work each season is minimized.
Vegetables In Pots – One advantage of growing in pots is that with limited space, you can put your garden right where it will receive the maximum sun exposure. Container gardens are easy to keep weed-free, and if you use a good planting mix your results with many varieties should equal a raised bed.
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The options above don’t even begin to cover the many options and methods that are available for today’s urban gardener. In this age of high-tech, urban gardeners will be choosing between indoors or out, mechanical such as hydroponics or the old tried and true manual, hand watered or self-watering, and many more choices.
The most important thing is to do your research and choose the best urban gardening method for your space and lifestyle.
Which method has worked best for you? Share your experiences with us in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.
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