If you live in a city, successfully growing fruits and plants at a reasonable scale in your own backyard or balcony might seem like a far-fetched idea. However, as new scientific break troughs are announced, this idea has become less absurd, and more ordinary.
In this post, we will share 3 tips that we hope will help both the beginner urban gardener and the advanced farmer.
Tip 1- Compost!
The quality of the soil you use to pot your plants is probably one of the most important factors in determining the yield and health of a plant.
And contrary to popular belief, expensive gadget or rigorous methods aren’t necessary. One easy way to start composting is to have a separate trash reserved for banana peels, used coffee beans, and egg shells. These 3 common household foods contain the 3 most important nutrients for farming: Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and potassium, often referred to as NPK.
You can also blend these ingredients into a smoothie and add them to the water you give your plants. This makes for a great organic fertilizer that is adjustable to each individual plant’s needs.
Tip 2- Research, Measure and Improve
Every plant has different light, water, and soil requirements. Research each species before you plant so that you know where to plant it in your house. You can then measure the amount of water, light, ph and nutrients in the soil and compare these to the yield and health of the plant, using the data to improve your gardening.
Using an app will help you a great deal in doing this as it will open the doors to a community of users willing to give feedback on your measurements.
Tip 3- Adapt your grow spaces to each plants’ requirements
As urban gardeners, we are often limited by the amount of space, light, and water that our growing spaces receive.
However, by using light fixtures, vertical gardening kits, and other technologies, we can adapt and improve the conditions of each space.
By combining technology with nature, you can obtain great results without a big investment. Consider, for example, installing LED lights for growing tomatoes if your plant only receives a few hours of light a day. The additional hour of two of light per day won’t be too expensive and the yield of the plant will greatly increase.
We hope these tips have given you some ideas that will help you take your urban garden to the next level. As always, we welcome your comments in the box below