Urban farming is a growing trend, especially those focused on growing food. Whether the purpose of your efforts is to grow healthy food, grow affordable food, increase your self-sufficiency, or even just because it is a rewarding and relaxing hobby, the following tips support all successful city farming efforts.
- Make city farmer friends in your area. Every climate and growing season is different. Learning what specific herbs or vegetables work well in your area is essential to success.
- Start small. Pick a couple of things that are easy and reliable as starters.
- Use good soil. Healthy plants cannot grow without it. You may need to add compost, nitrogen or phosphorus. Again, the veterans in your area can help you develop good soil.
- Plants need sunlight. Generally vegetables can use as much sunlight as possible, but some leafy greens do well in shaded areas too.
- Plants need water. It;s hard to overwater vegetables, but each plant tolerates variations in moisture differently. Generally, a little water often is your best bet.
- Keep the weeks out. Weeds waste valuable space, mositure and nutrients. Weeding your garden also gives you the chance to study your crop and make adjustments.