Containers and Small Design ideas
Containers offer such a great advantage to urban gardeners. You can grow a large variety of plants outside, and then move them indoors when the weather compromises them. You also have the flexibility of moving the containers around to follow the sunlight, and to change location as desired. Hanging pots and containers, as well as using shelving will give you plenty of vertical design space, and offer height for privacy. Select the containers and plants that will offer compliment your overall interior design. Ceramic, clay and terracotta pots as well as wooden planters will set a theme. Raised beds can be utilized for easier reach and for great visual effect.
Some additional garden techniques are Square Foot Gardening and the Japanese Tomato Ring, both methods designed to produce high yields with limited space. “Square Foot Gardening” is a new theory developed by Mel Bartholomew that is specifically designed to grow a thriving garden in less space than traditional gardens, with fewer resources and significantly less environmental impact.. To learn more about this inventive new gardening method, check out the official site for Square Foot Gardening.
The Japanese Tomato Ring is another unusual growing technique that one gardener claims can produce as many as 600 tomatoes per plant every year. The Japanese Tomato Ring was supposedly developed by a postman in Charleston, South Carolina in the 1960s. The technique is based on the postman’s own design and curiously has nothing to do with Japan. There are lots of great articles and videos to learn more. Here is one on YouTube https://youtu.be/WU8_fShNN2Q
Urban living brings neighbors close, so your garden may easily impact those around you.
If you are planting indoors, your health can be impacted by the products you use such as pesticides and fertilizers, especially with poor ventilation. Use the most natural pest control methods available, such as citrus based products. Container gardening makes it much easier to separate and treat sick plants. Use compost and healthy soil to reduce your problems. Use plants native to your area and those that are known to be pest resistant. Change out soil where diseased plants are found.
Companion planting will promote pest control, such as garlic protecting roses. Welcome helpful insects such as ladybugs.
Flowers: Tulip bulbs, Begonia, Daffodils, Lantana, Zinnias, Petunias, Echinacea, Portulaca, Lilly of the Nile, Black-eyed Susans
Trees and Shrubs: Japanese Maple, Dwarf Apple, Crape Myrtles, Bougainvilleas
Fruits and Vegetables: Cucumbers, Radishes, Carrots (miniature), Squash-zucchini, Tomatoes, Peas and Beans, Figs
Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, Oregano
By Renae Jensen