Are you looking to start an urban garden in the spring and do not know where to start? It’s precisely where I was in the spring of 2009 when I began to grow an urban garden. Now I am a successful urban gardener in Los Angeles, and I am going to help you improve your food.

At that time, I was living in one of the least favourable environments for a garden in the world – New York City. He barely had enough room for the bed, not to mention a garden. After spending weeks researching and not finding anything in the library that would approach me and my needs, I decided to start and understand it.

I want to share what I have learned with you. This is not a magic formula that will allow you to grow 11 kilograms / 25 pounds of tomatoes or 300 cucumbers. It’s a practical tip that will help you use and make the most of your limited space (not everyone has the privilege of having a flat roof or patio.) Do not worry! You will still be able to grow food in the city.

Choose a location for your urban garden
There are a lot of options around your apartment or house for you to have your garden. You just have to be creative with space. Some options include:

  • fire escape
  • balcony
  • deck
  • sill
  • in closets
  • unused shelves
  • patio
  • railings

Determine the amount of sunlight that reaches your point in the urban garden.

This is a critical and often overlooked step that will help you ensure your success. It is essential to understand what the sun and shade are when it comes to gardening.

For some reason, when people talk about how to start a garden, they immediately think of tomatoes. To grow most varieties of tomatoes, you will need at least eight hours of direct sunlight. Most urban gardens are shaded, not only by trees and nature but by other things as well, such as awnings, fences and other buildings.

If you receive only three hours of sunlight, you will have to grow what is achieved well in the three hours of daylight.

Questions to ask yourself before planting an urban garden

Now that you have space you have decided and calculated how much sunlight you have; you will have to find out what to grow. You will want to ask some questions like the following:

What do you eat the most?
What makes the most economic sense?

Buy seeds for your urban garden

There are a lot of brands that handle grains, look for the ones that most fit your trust within your city. Always try to buy organic seeds.

The next steps are choosing containers for your urban garden, germinating seeds and sowing them.