Tips to Maximise your Urban Permaculture Garden

Being an urban/city farmer means working in limited space. But that shouldn’t discourage you from pursuing your farming dream. With proper space maximizing, you can achieve impressive results, without having to give up your entire yard. In the long run, you will save money, do your part in preserving the environment, eat more healthy local grown food, and even learn how to grow various types of crops among other awesome benefits.
In this article, we give you some of the easiest and most effective tips to maximise your urban permaculture garden. Let’s dig in!

Use those Vertical Spaces

Small or big, it doesn’t matter, all gardens have useful vertical spaces that you can use. Get those planters and attach them to the walls or the fence. You can also use window boxes, and multi-layered shelves to accommodate more plants. Hanging baskets will also come in handy.
If you’re into sprawling plants, use mesh to encourage them to grow. The sky is the only limit. Also, walls that are shaded at the base make good spots for climbing plants as they can rise to expose the leaves to the sun. However, ensure you invest in good supports as some fruits are naturally heavy.

The Mixing-Up Magic

Although most gardens we grew up seeing, especially in the countryside, and bigger spaces have dedicated sections for each type of produce (like the herbs, fruits, and vegetables), it’s impossible in small urban gardens. Instead, consider growing both edible and decorative plants together. Yes, it’s a great way of keeping your outdoors attractive, but the benefits are even greater.

Did you know that letting vegetables grow together with ornamental plants keeps pests away? It makes it harder for pests to locate and concentrate on a specific crop, thus saving your plants from massive pest infestation. Also, the flowers attract beneficial insects such as bees, boosting pollination across the board.

Play with your creativity while at it. Get good-looking edibles, and mix various leave colors textures. For instance, red pepper, with the green leafy kales, and a touch of purple cabbage. You can also consider mixing plants with various flower patterns.

Invade the Rooftop

Rooftops not only offer the best views, but are also good for sun-bathing, and relaxing. But, they can offer you much more. Try growing plants in containers, or even going vertical with the help of arbors and trellises. Your plants will love the extra sun, as long as they remain well-watered.
However, if the rooftop is covered with tar, invest in gravel and a good fabric filter to enhance self-sowing.

Consider Lighting Conditions in Plant Selection

The truth is, various plants thrive well in various light conditions. Some, like eggplant, cucumber, tomatoes, need the longest exposure to sunlight. Not only to enhance growth but also in fruit ripening. Others, like beans, peas, and carrots, can handle partial light conditions.
Therefore, the secret is knowing which plants to position where to avoid losses. Ensuring each crop gets the correct amount of light, allows crops to mature on time, and add to their nutritional value.

Don’t Forget the Walkways

If you’re determined to grow more vegetables and fruits in your garden, be ready to manage many rows. The best way to give each set of crops customized care is easy to access. Having small walkways in between them, allows you to often check on the progress of the plants. It will also be easy to pick your harvest.

Since space is limited in urban gardens/backyards, it’s best to minimize the number of rows and even maximize on them. For instance, you can have a few plants spread out within your walkways leaving just enough space for you to maneuver. If you choose not to add a few plants on the rows, keep them as thin as possible.

Use Raised Garden Beds

If you want to use your backyard for both your entertainment and planting needs, raised garden beds are the best options. They limit weed growth, control soil usage, offer amazing drainage, and the ease of food harvesting is amazing. Besides, raised garden beds are attractive. They enhance your landscaping efforts to wow your guests.

However, to maximize your space, make the garden beds narrow and long.

Install Plant Cages

Plant caging is one of the best, yet easiest ways to save your garden space, and make room for more plants. They control the growing crops, avoiding unnecessary expansion to surrounding areas. This will also keep your garden organized and appealing. Some of the plants you can plant in cages include tomatoes and various types of pepper.
In Conclusion
Maximizing your urban permaculture garden isn’t that difficult. Simply employ your creativity and you’ll marvel at the results.


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