Living in the city has some definite advantages. It often reduces commute times and brings us closer to shopping and entertainment options. But land is often at a premium in the city, which means our yards take a hit. The typical St. Paul city lot is less than half the size of a lot in the outer suburbs. For those who want to enjoy gardening, it can seem impossible.
Fortunately, there are an increasing number of options for gardening on a smaller scale, and thanks to the internet, tips and tutorials are readily available!
When dealing with limited space, finding a way to expand up can create new possibilities. This vertical construction can take many forms, from a wall hanging to a ladder-style planter to a smartly-tiered staircase effect. In some models, the tiers overlap and allow growing space in the tier below, while in others, the stair-step style adds height.
Containers can be used indoors and out, but for city dwellers, it’s nice to find a small option that can work in either location! Herbs are a great starting point, as they’re easy to grow and can be used in a wide variety of recipes, making them a fulfilling addition to the kitchen.
For the best of both worlds, a mobile garden can be an appealing option. It allows the ability to start plants indoors, when weather is still too cold, then relocate them out into the sunshine. This also provides the option of moving your garden out of the way during get-togethers, when you may need to reclaim that deck space.
Whatever your current living situation – be it house, condo, or otherwise – there’s a way to bring a bit of green into your life. Explore these options and find the one that works best for you!
Not sure what to grow? Check out this link at Greatist for ideas.