What is Urban gardening
According to Wikipedia, Urban gardening is:
“The practice of growing vegetables, fruit and plants in urban areas, such as schools, backyards or apartment balconies.”
Urban gardening is a new term first met in the 1960s, but developed in the 21st Century as well. The term exists in order to specify the act of looking after flowers in an urban environment. What would this mean? If you live in an apartment, where you have turned your terrace space into flower paradise, this means you are already practicing Urban gardening.
It is common to hear about Urban gardening in sustainable cities, where it has become a modern practice supporting Eco and Green life.
Keep reading below to find out more about Urban gardening.
There are many types of Urban gardening. We will list two main ones that concern agriculture, but also flower gardening and will briefly write about them, so you know what they are. Keep reading below to find out more about it;
When looking after flowers in pots at your apartment’s balcony you are practically practicing Urban gardening. The people who have no garden space and do not share a common garden area will most probably use their terrace to invest in some flowers. Putting flowers in tubs or barrels is also known as Urban gardening.
Container gardening includes Vegetable, flower or other types of plant gardening.
Imagine the cosmopolitan cities such as London, New York, Shanghai. The green spaces are developing, but little do people have the chance, by living in condos, to look after green plants or have their own gardens. Urban living has absorbed our lives and fighting against the unhealthy emissions has a new and modern way called: Rooftop gardening;
Rooftop gardening is where people cultivate and look after Vegetable gardening, Flower and other types of plant gardening on their rooftops. It helps fight the bad emissions with the production of O2. Rooftop gardening is now being practiced all over the world giving the chance to re-urbanise the cities. People have been given chances to walk around nature, while working and living in the cities and have their own garden, while living in apartments.
There are many types of Urban gardening benefits that concern almost all sectors of peoples’ lives. If you love nature and you are tired of the Big city, the atmosphere, the cars, the hassle then you need somewhere to socialize or relax, where time passes by slower than what you are used to.
How practicing Urban gardening, being part of or attending Urban gardening events will benefit you the community in the city:
Socialize and get to know the community of nature lovers or the people in your building by being part of Rooftop gardening;
Economic growth and innovation by having more people to learn the job of a Urban gardener, investing into local gardens;
Environmental and health benefits for lowering the percentage of the CO2 emissions and engaging into producing more Oxygen in Rural areas;
Psychological benefits - engaging into socialization, attending nature areas where you can relax, breathe fresher air and take care of living plants, vegetables or fruits;
Building a more engaged community and neighborhoods in urban areas;
If it is unclear, yet your attention has been provoked enough to stimulate a strong interest in trying Urban gardening, then look no further. You have to choose a type of Urban gardening. We have minimised your options to the main ones them being:
Buy outdoor plants and pots and start decorating your terrace;
Look for an Urban garden in your local area or on your building; If you cannot find one - ask the local Volunteer authorities for more information. If you still cannot find Urban gardening initiatives or existing gardens try proposing it to some of your neighbors and local Volunteering companies. In other words - make it happen.
Terracotta pots or potted plants;
Large outdoor planters;
Plant watering systems;
Relaxing coffee area for the community amongst the gardens;
There is so much to be acted upon when it comes to Urban gardening and this is one of your escape options for relaxing, being part of the community around you and loving yourself in your free time. You can make your own Urban garden as well as volunteering for helping Rooftop gardening. In the end - it is all about your new hobby, feeling good and healthy.