On the contrary, challenges aside, urban gardening is becoming popular in cities of all sizes. Read on to learn more about urban gardening and the vegetables you can grow in small spaces.
What is urban gardening?
Urban gardening is gardening done in cities rather than rural areas. It can be done in various ways such as vertical gardening, container gardening, balcony gardening, or, terrace gardening. You might be surprised by how easy it is to grow vegetables in small spaces. If you have enough space to keep large pots, you'll be able to produce a prolific harvest. Here’s a list of herbs and vegetables that are space-friendly and easy to grow:
Smaller varieties of tomatoes can be grown in containers, pick a pot that is about 20 inches in diameter and 18 to 24 inches deep. Place the container in a sunny spot and water it once a day to keep the soil moist. Place one plant per container to avoid space shortage.
Read more to learn how to grow tomatoes at home in India.
Capsicums take well to containers. Pick a big pot and place it in a sunny spot that receives about 4-5 hours of daily sunlight. Capsicum plant roots are sensitive, they thrive when you grow them in pots.
Here's more on how to grow capsicum at home in India.
Beans easily grow from seeds. Bush beans are smaller in size and will not require trellising. However, if you pick pole beans, you can take the advantage of vertical space or provide trellises in your pot. Pick a two-gallon pot for your beans.
Read more on how to grow beans at home in India.
Brinjal can be grown in pots but the pot size matters. Pick a pot that has at least 20 litres capacity with proper drainage holes. As the plant grows in size it might require staking. Place the pot in a sunny spot to aid the growth of the plant.
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Did you know you could grow lettuce in 2-gallon container? Pick a sunny spot that receives about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight and plant in well-drained soil.
Here's more on how to grow lettuce at home in India.
Root vegetables like radishes can grow easily in a one-gallon container by planting direct seed. They are amongst the fastest-growing vegetables and make a perfect option for urban gardens. Choose the smaller varieties of this salad crop and a spot that receives about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight.
Beets make a great indoor plant. Pick a container that's about 10 inches deep. Sow the beetroot seeds about 3 inches away to provide them with enough wiggle room to grow. Beet is a cool-weather crop, so pick a spot that receives indirect sunlight.
Coriander, also known as Dhaniya, can be grown easily in pots and will make a great addition to your urban gardens. Coriander seeds are best sown directly in pots. As they are shallow-rooted plants, you can pick a pot that is wide and shallow.
Read more on how to grow Coriander from seeds at home.
This is a must-have plant to grow indoors for all the mint lovers! Pick a mid-sized container and place it on a sunny window sill. Plant your seeds directly in the pot. However, the time it takes for peppermint to germinate is longer compared to other herbs. Therefore, you'll have to care a little extra for your peppermint plant.
Closely related to the mint family, lemon balm makes for great indoor plants and is well-known for its medicinal properties. Plant your lemon balm seeds in a one-gallon container and place the pot in a sunny spot that receives partial shade. Use slightly sandy and well-drained soil to grow your Lemon Balm plant.
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