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Urban gardening is a great way to grow your own food, even if your plot is limited to a small city lot. One of the best ways to add an urban garden is with a raised bed. It’s so easy that you don’t even need soil to place it on; raised beds are fine on sturdy decks or paved surfaces, such as the edge of a driveway. This urban garden raised bed is packed with fun features. The urban garden showed here offers two deep planter boxes that are large enough to grow tomatoes, peppers, or potatoes — or even larger crops such as blueberries. A decorative arbor visually connects the two beds and gives vines, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or squash, a place to climb. One way to manage water runoff in an urban garden is with a rain garden. Find out how here. Get more inspiration for a gorgeous urban garden.
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Urban Garden Ideas

Urban Chickens in the Urban Garden Raising your own chickens is a hot urban gardening trend — it’s easier than you might think and fun, too! The coop here looks attractive enough to fit in any yard and provides all the features you need for success with three or four chickens (which should give you about two eggs per day). Plus, the birds will provide a source of manure to add to your compost — which will eventually help yield more in your garden! Note: If you live in town, check local restrictions about having chickens. See more great ideas for small garden spaces.
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Urban Garden Ideas

This urban garden raised bed is packed with fun features. The urban garden showed here offers two deep planter boxes that are large enough to grow tomatoes, peppers, or potatoes — or even larger crops such as blueberries. A decorative arbor visually connects the two beds and gives vines, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or squash, a place to climb. One way to manage water runoff in an urban garden is with a rain garden. Find out how here.
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Urban Garden Ideas

Raised Bed Urban Garden Holes drilled into the sides provide even more space for growing low, spreading plants such as strawberries, thyme, or spring greens. A hinged bench is another space-saver in tight spaces such as urban gardens: It offers a place to sit and tend your vegetables (or relax and enjoy the fresh fruits of your labors) while also conveniently storing tools and gardening supplies. You’ll get the most produce from your raised beds if you site them in a spot that sees full sun (at least six hours of direct sunlight a day) and has good airflow, which helps plants resist disease. Fill the raised bed with a high-quality potting mix rather than digging soil from your garden (which may contain weed seeds or pest and disease organisms). Download our raised-bed garden plans now.
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Urban Garden Ideas

Got a budget as small as your space? No problem. No more than $250 is absolutely doable, and covers enough plants for a small space, containers, soil, and basic tools like a hand trowel, pruners, and a hose, says Janine Mudge. She  tends a curbside garden outside her Boston brownstone condominium and writes about her hands-in-the-dirt experience on her blog, City Garden Ideas.  Don’t be surprised if you need to set aside part of your budget to replace the occasional plant in street-level plots throughout the season. They’ll take a beating from cars, dogs, and people. To get the most out of your budget, keep an eye out for no- or low-cost offers. Community groups encourage home owners to garden, often with money-saving programs. Here are four ways to save:1. Organize a seed swap with friends and neighbors, root stem cuttings, and divide up perennials to keep costs in check, suggests Chris McLaughlin, master gardener and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening.2. Contact your local cooperative extension office for free supplies like mulch. These organizations also offer soil-testing services, for a small fee, which help maintain healthy plants or diagnose problems. 3. Check your local municipality for freebies. Chicago, for instance, runs a sustainable backyard program with workshops and rebates for trees, rain barrels, compost bins, and native plants. 4. Visit your local botanical garden for free expert advice and gardening workshops. Blogger Mudge says her street garden has enhanced the value of her home. Greenery not only adds shade, beauty, and privacy, it communicates, “There are people who live here actively caring for their space. They love where they live and show it by tending to these garden spaces.”
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Urban Garden Ideas

Urban gardening is a great way to grow your own food, even if your plot is limited to a small city lot. One of the best ways to add an urban garden is with a raised bed. It’s so easy that you don’t even need soil to place it on; raised beds are fine on sturdy decks or paved surfaces, such as the edge of a driveway.
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Urban Garden Ideas

If you want to actually sink your hands (and your plants) into the earth, try community gardening. You share a plot of land, as well as advice and friendship, with other urban gardeners. You happen to live in a city with a large and vibrant community garden culture, so there is most likely one in your neighborhood. For more information on community gardens, check out the American Community Garden Association (www.community garden.org, 877-275-2242).
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Urban Garden Ideas

After pots, our second favorite “p” word for creating a fantasy garden has to be pergola. It instantly adds structure and defines parts of your outdoor space for specific uses, which is helpful since urban outdoor spaces tend to be continuous paved areas. No place to plant climbing vines? A pergola’s slats are just as great for hanging plants as they are for supporting climbers.
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The word garden tends to connote roses and hydrangeas, but a dream urban oasis can also be more Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech than English countryside. Tropical plantings like philodendrons, sculptural succulents, or a mini palm tree will add a touch of the exotic, even if your home is in the heart of the city.
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Whether you’re desperately trying to keep a basil plant alive or you want to try your hand at creating a salad garden, living small can cramp your green dreams. Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food, but that can be hard to accomplish with a teeny yard or patio. What to do? Here are 15 gorgeous urban gardens, plus a few DIY projects, that will inspire you to turn your outdoor situation into a mini botanical paradise.
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Rooftops and balconies in high-rise buildings are basically microclimates, buffeted by wind, the radiant heat of concrete, and the shade from neighboring buildings. Opt for plants known for their hardiness, slow growth, and ability to withstand gusts. The higher the floor, the more wind comes into play in plant selection. Nasturtium and daylilies have flexible stems that sway without breaking. A lattice windbreak adds stylish protection.Pollution is another issue for urban gardeners. Choose plants with shiny leaves that won’t trap dust:
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Holes drilled into the sides provide even more space for growing low, spreading plants such as strawberries, thyme, or spring greens. A hinged bench is another space-saver in tight spaces such as urban gardens: It offers a place to sit and tend your vegetables (or relax and enjoy the fresh fruits of your labors) while also conveniently storing tools and gardening supplies.
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Chicken Coop Fenced with chicken wire at the base, this backyard chicken coop keeps your feathered friends safe from predators and gives the chickens room to move about. A hinged nesting box makes harvesting your own eggs a cinch, too. Change the bedding in the nesting box regularly to encourage your chickens to keep laying lots of eggs. Download our urban chicken coop plans now.
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You’d be amazed by just how much food can be grown by focusing your attention upward. Old wooden palettes can be secured against sunny walls and used to grow all manner of salad greens, herbs, and flowers. As far as trellises go, you can either pick up a cheap one at a garden center, or MacGuyver your own using bamboo poles and zip ties, old ladders, broken futon frames/stripped box springs, and even lengths of twine. Food plants such as pole beans, climbing peas, and cherry tomatoes do amazingly well on trellises, as do flowers such as nasturtiums (many varieties are edible!) morning glory, and countless other climbers.
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It’s always important to research the plants you plan to grow, as not all are compatible as far as being grown in close quarters. For example, pole beans go well with marigolds, but don’t play nicely with anything in the onion or garlic family, while tomatoes are good friends with basil and parsley, but shouldn’t be planted near fennel or kohlrabi. Consult a companion-planting chart while you’re in the process of designing your garden space so you don’t accidentally plant bad neighbors together and end up with a mess on your hands.

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