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Written by: host
4/15/2013 7:27 PM

Whether you live in suburbia or in the heart of a city, there are perks and downfalls to every lifestyle, but the best thing about any environment is the ability to plant a garden virtually anywhere. Whether you are planting a vegetable garden or a flower garden, don’t let the environment you are in hold you back.

Urban Gardening

Urban living typically consists of subway commutes, skyscrapers, and close quarters; however, it doesn’t have to be all unnatural. Bring a little bit of both worlds into one and incorporate a garden into your urban lifestyle. Yes, we typically think of gardening in rural communities as the sort of standard but make urban gardening the new trend!

a. Pots and Planter Boxes:

Utilizing pots and planter boxes is a great way to indulge in gardening when living in a more urban setting. If you have a balcony, you can plant anything from tomatoes to bell peppers in your pots.

b. Windowsill Fixtures:

If you don’t have access to a balcony, you can always add a small herb garden or flower garden to your windowsill. Simply get small terracotta plots and either plant seeds or get already thriving plants from your local garden shop.

Suburban Gardening

Suburban lifestyles consist of brand new homes, new amenities, and a lot of land. When it comes to gardening in the suburbs, it might appear to be easier to do than in an urban environment but it still comes with difficulties. Typically, suburban gardening provides more room in which to create a garden bed and plant a larger variety of produce and flowers. But how do you know where to start?

a. Landscape Plan:

Often times, it can appear that composing a garden/landscape plan is unnecessary but it can actually save you a lot more time in the long run. Devise a landscape plan that is suitable for every facet of your lifestyle; for example, if you have children you will want to leave a lot of grass room for your children to play in and isolate your garden so the children don’t disturb it. On the other hand, if you are retired and living a calmer lifestyle, design a yard that is serene and has space to relax and garden in.

Plants:

One of the biggest parts about landscape design is deciding what plants and vegetables to incorporate into your garden. Prevent waste and plant produce that your family actually incorporates into their diet instead of just planting produce just to plant it. Also, strongly consider the environment in which you are planting in and how much attention certain produce needs. If your lifestyle doesn’t allow you time to nurture your garden, plant something easy such as pumpkins or squash that require very little attention.

b. Timing:

The best time to start your suburban garden is during the early spring in order for crops to be ready for “harvest time”. However, if you live in a cooler climate, consider holding off until the weather warms up a little because you don’t want to freeze your plants.

c. Seeds:

Although seeds can be purchased at virtually every home improvement store across the nation, consider supporting your local farmers or organic markets and purchase your seeds through them.

Building a home?

Building a new home proves to be the best opportunity to get everything you want done right. Whether you are working with home builders in Utah or in upstate New York, it is important to discuss your garden plans with your builders prior to completion so you know where to create your drip system and other water features.

Michael David

Backyard Garden Ninjas

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