City Dweller's Green Thumb: Tips For Gardening in Small Spaces

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

We all have a secret love for gardening, I have grown to believe that it is in our blood to find a dirt-laden path, pick up a shovel, throw some seeds down below and create the perfect garden. But the thing is, when you live in a city where there are no dirt paths, no open spaces and no chances to garden you have to get inventive in your gardening initiatives.

Not to worry, here is a guide to ensure you perfectly grow all the vegetables you want this year, with of course the trusty help of a few containers, some sunlight and a whole lot of love.

The very first thing to remember is not all vegetables grow to their full potential when confined to a container as your inhibiting the plants growth. Therefore if your planning on creating a full-blown garden out of containers you may want to rethink that idea, that is of course unless you have an endless supply of oversized pots.

With that in mind, its time to get your supplies together. What you'll need for your green thumb in gardening is pots, soil, low-level organic fertilizer and whichever seeds you choose to plant. Here are a few tips...

  • Have you ever heard of the saying 'go big or go home'? Well remember that saying when purchasing your pots. The bigger the pot, the better to ensure your plants grow like weeds.
  • Not only is it important to choose a large pot, but look for a clay pot, as they are the best bet for growing plants. What makes clay pots so unique is they allow the roots of the plant to breathe which yields to a better growing season.
  • When choosing the soil, purchase potting soil with no added fertilizers or nutrients to ensure optimal growth.
  • When purchasing seeds for your garden ensure you find plants that need little space to grow. Herbs, lettuce, cabbage. and beans are some of the very best vegetables to plant.

So now that you have the necessary materials it's time to get some dirt beneath your nails and create a lovely little organic garden. And what's really great about indoor gardening is that if your really in a pickle for space, grab a shoe organizer and watch as the dirt will soon turn into the must luscious herbs you've ever seen. Gardening is in our blood, all we have to do is go out there and hop on the gardening bandwagon.

For gardening tips during cold weather, click here.

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Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids. 

Photo: sidewalk flying 

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