The Urban Gardener’s Guide

Urban Gardener's Guide

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Is your yard tiny or non-existent? It’s irrelevant: the techniques we offer here will allow you to put some greenery in your outdoor space.

Even if you live in a high-rise building and do not have access to any piece of land, you can always grow plants in pots or in hanging baskets.

Plants in pots

Even if you have a small plot, it might not be large enough to accommodate a garden. In this case, the cultivation of potted plants is a good solution.

Give them the space needed for them to flourish

Use good size pots so your plants have enough space to grow. Your nurseryman should be able to tell you how much soil your plants need. It should be noted that although breeders have developed varieties of vegetable plants that require little space, some still need a good amount of soil; The tomato plant, in particular, needs a pot with a capacity of 19 liters.

Use potting soil

Rather than soil from your yard, use potting soil, which is lighter, drips better and is sterilized, which destroys weed seeds and diseases that can weaken your plants.

Use the right fertilizer

Use a lag fertilizer in the form of pellets, as ordinary fertilizers are too quickly eliminated due to the frequent watering required for growing in pots. In contrast, an application of fertilizer-delay granules will last several months, gradually releasing the fertilizer.

Do not drown your plants

Avoid over-watering your plants. Water them thoroughly, then empty the water that accumulates in the saucers so that they do not have “feet in the water”, a situation that promotes root rot. Be careful not to let yourself be deceived by the wilting, symptom, among other problems, of rot. Before interpreting this sign as a need for water and watering a plant to excess, gently remove it from its pot and examine its roots: if they are brown and viscous, it is a sign of decay. Decrease watering.

Use plastic baskets and pots

Even if you live in a high-rise building and do not have access to any piece of land, you can always grow plants in pots or in hanging baskets.

Think about watering

The balconies of the high-rise buildings can be very hot and very dry because of the reflection of the sun, so that you may need to water your plants every day. As you will probably have to fill your watering can to the sink and transport all this water to the balcony, evaluate the task well before deciding how many plants to grow.

Use plastic jars

In plastic pots, soil and plants dry less quickly than in clay pots, which are more porous. To further preserve moisture, put a 5 cm organic mulch on the pot soil, which will reduce evaporation.

Suspend Intelligently

Before installing hanging baskets, ask yourself how you will water them. Can you ride safely on a stool with a hand sprinkler? You will be tired of removing the basket to water it and then put it back in place?

Use hydro-retaining crystals

If you travel a lot and fear that your plants will lack water, water-resistant crystals or “water crystals” are a practical and economical solution. These crystals absorb water to release it gradually. There are various brands, including Water Crystals and WaterSmart Crystals, which you will find in the garden centers. When you add water to these polymer granules, they absorb dozens of times their weight in water. Simply add them to the soil of potted plants and water them; They will absorb the water they will then gradually release to your plants. So you can leave your mind alone.

Follow the instructions on the label and follow the recommended quantities. Do not put more than it needs because these crystals expand when they are wet; Too much could damage your plants and cause them to get out of their pots.

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