Urban Garden Design Tips {Guest Post}

Are you convinced that you can never fit a garden inside your little urban apartment? Well, think again. You can do a lot even with your limited space. The key to the successful urban garden is to make each inch count. Transforming and adapting the balcony or patio to the needs of your greenery may be tough, but it’s worth the efforts.

Nothing can compare to the pleasure and the visual feast that the gorgeous emerald green plants bring in the city environment. Having a garden space should necessary be a luxury.  With a little craftiness and some basic gardening techniques, you will be able create your little green retreat.

Consider Your Microclimate
This is probably the most important step, when designing a garden. The position of your patio, balcony or rooftop will determine the amount of sunlight that your garden will receive or how shady or windy is your place. Keep in mind that some plants like vegetables require between 6 – 8 hours of sun. Other greenery like spinach, lettuce and herbs prefer more shaded areas. Observe closely how the climate conditions change during the day.  Think about the types of plants that are appropriate for your environment.

Plan Your Area
It doesn’t matter if you have a vast backyard or a little balcony; there are some essential elements for every garden. You need both a planting area and storage for all your gardening tools. There are several standard garden designs – container gardening, bed and vertical gardening. Generally, you will have a mixture of minimum two of these.  If you have enough floor space, you can use planting beds, which are appropriate for growing vegetables like tomatoes and beans. Vertical solutions are appropriate for really small space. You can incorporate hanging baskets or green wall planters. On the other hand, container greenery require more watering as they tend to dry out more quickly.

Selecting Plants
By now you should know well your environment and what type of plants are appropriate for your
area. The next step is to decide whether you want plants that will last only one or two seasons (annuals) or thorough out the year (perennials). Are you starting a garden only for the pure satisfaction of having a beautiful place or you want to grow your own organic food? Do you prefer to plant from seed? Research well, before hitting the gardening shop. You can even consult with a professional gardener.

The soil and containers are important elements of urban gardening. Instead of picking the typical plastic post, choose the terracotta ones. These have better drainage and preserve the moisture better. As for the planting beds, you can buy standard ones or create customized solutions for your place. Although, there is a standard soil appropriate for most greenery, some plants may require more specific care

Urban dwellers, crave no more for a vast green landscape! You can now have your own beautiful garden.

You can have your own green revolution behind the walls of your little apartment.

Guest Post by Ella Andrews.


  1. Lots of things to consider when planning a garden. Thanks for sharing these tips.


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