Urban gardening is the process of growing plants and flowers in an urban environment such as high- rises, community apartments, corporate offices, or even hotels and restaurants. This process comprises a mishmash of unique gardening concepts and approaches. Given to the odds of a city life, there’s not one-size-fits-all approach for gardening. Individuals, communities, and even the businesses have opted for plethora of techniques and solutions. Here are a few tips for urban gardening:
1. Make Smart Choices while Choosing Plants
You have to make smart choices while picking up the plants for your garden. Some resilient plants for low-maintenance urban gardening include:
- Hens and chicks
2. Use Containers for Small Space
If you don’t have enough space for gardening in your backyard, you can opt for containers to grow your plants. Containers and hanging baskets are the perfect choices you’ll make if you have a porch, patio or balcony that’s seriously impecunious for space.
3. Hide the Wall or Railing
You can grow climbers like ivy, jasmine, and honeysuckle, exotic vines like passion flower or edible plants like gourds or beans in your balcony wall or railing. It will also add beauty to your balcony and you’ll get an aesthetic place to unwind.
4. Vertical gardening
With vertical gardening, you can use every inch of your balcony. Vertical wall planters, stack planters, railing planters, and hanging baskets are amazing choices to give your balcony garden a splendid look. For vertical gardening, there are variety of plants and vines such as ferns, bromeliads, begonias, hostas, succulents and air plants.
You can also try wall pockets in which you can incorporate a variety of plant sizes from spillers, fillers, and thrillers.
5. A Succulent Bowl to Beautify the Balcony
Another option is a succulent bowl bursting with colors. It can be called as low maintenance stylish display. Various types of plants can be incorporated in such bowls and it needs very little watering.
The process of succulent bowl plantation is hassle-free. First, you’ll need to fill a bowl with potting mix formulated for succulents. Next, pick a very colorful and large plant for the centerpiece. Then, plant the edges of the bowl by using a mix of succulents that complement each other for texture and color. You can plant each very close to one another without it looking crowded, but rather bountiful. Any gaps can be sprinkled with gravel or aquarium stone.
6. An Herb Garden
An herb garden is another wonderful option for urban gardening. It will give you a rich source of food and a sleek green look. You can go for herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil, and sage. You can also grow vegetables if your balcony garden gets 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
7. For a Shady Balcony
Don’t get discouraged if you have a shady balcony. You can buy some plants that grow in less sunlight. Amethyst flower, astilbe hybrids, copper plant, begonia, fancy-leafed caladium and garden hydrangea are the plants that thrive in shady areas.
8. Stick to Potting Soil
Potting soil in the containers are always better choice than soil from the ground. Potting soil is lighter, drains better, and is sterilized to kill weed seeds and diseases that could hurt the plants.
9. The Right Fertilizer
Use a slow-release fertilizer in pellet form. Since you need to water container plants frequently, a regular fertilizer would tend to wash right out of the soil. But in pellet form, one application will release the plant food slowly and last for several months.
10. Refrain from Over-watering
Be careful while watering your plants and herbs. The entire container should be thoroughly soaked each time you water. Pouring extra water that fills the saucer underneath the container makes root rot.
If the plant starts to wilt, it is assumed that the plant needs more water, which results in even more damage. You can check whether it’s really a rotting root by gently pulling the plant up out of the container. If the roots are brown and slimy, it’s root rot caused by less water.
Exposed balconies in high-rises can get extremely hot and dry from sunlight reflected off other nearby structures. Under these conditions, you may need to water your plants every day. Drought-tolerant plant is another great option for you.