The Keys to Urban Farming


Do you have a green thumb, but lack the space to show it off? Or, do you want the have a green thumb but aren’t sure how to plant in the city? 

Have no fear. You can grow a wide variety of fresh herbs and goodies in the city with a few simple keys to success.

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Don’t Expect Everything to Live Year-Round

Like gardening in the country, your plants will have seasons. During the winter, most herbs and veggies aren’t going to thrive. That’s perfectly normal. Don’t be surprised. Just say your goodbyes and get ready to replant in the spring.

Focus on Herbs

Herbs will offer the biggest bang for your effort. In large part, this is because a few herbs can go a long way. For instance, a small pot of lettuce may only give you enough for a meal or two. Whereas that same size pot of parsley or mint can often be incorporated into multiple meals throughout the season.

Herbs on which we tend to focus:

  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Scallions

Keep Herbs Separated

Plant your herbs in separate pots. This allows you to easily shift one pot to get more or less sunlight as needed. It also protects your herbs from being overtaken by a more aggressive plant. For instance, mint grows like a weed, spreading and consuming space. It can quickly dominate a plant, causing its fellow cohabitant to die.

Make Your Own Green House

If you really want to grow your plants from seeds, they’ll need to be in a warm space with plenty of light – like a greenhouse. Because you most likely don’t have a greenhouse in your city condo – consider creating an ultra-small one on a table by a window that gets lots of natural light. Plant your seeds in well-fertilized dirt. Then, place a large, clear glass bowl over them. The area under the bowl will heat up, just like a greenhouse.

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