Not everyone has the luxury of wide-open fields. Many of us live in the urban jungle, where space is limited and our resourcefulness is constantly challenged. The good news is urban gardening can just be as rewarding. All it takes is a bit of know-how and a bucket-full of patience.
Today, we’re going to let you in on the basics of heirloom urban gardening. From the crops to choose to tips, you must remember, we’ve got it covered.
Choosing the right crops
You’re most likely going to grow your heirloom seeds on your balcony or on your small porch. So the first thing you have to consider are the seeds you will plant. You want crops that will grow upwards and won’t spill out.
In spring, heirloom tomatoes, corns, cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants grow beautifully. Plus, they don’t require a lot of ground space. What’s more is they are incredibly easy to grow. All they will need is tons of sunlight.
Radishes, spinach, lettuce, chili peppers and cooking herbs thrive in the summer. These hassle-free crops can even grow in small pots or those DIY window boxes you’ve made. Other crops that are easy to grow include pumpkin, onion, broccoli and garlic, which is best to plant during fall.
Think about companion planting
Not all of your seeds will get along when planted together. That’s why you must apply companion planting the moment you decide to create an urban garden. Companion planting doesn’t just encourage fruitful growth among all of your seeds. It is also a natural means for pest control. For one, marigolds repel a lot of pests. That makes them ideal for planting in between seedlings. Tomato flies also hates lettuce so planting these variants side by side will yield healthier crops.
Carrots grow well alongside lettuce, leeks, peas and sage. Tomatoes get along with onions, carrots, basil, and parsley. Potatoes also grow best with cabbage, beans, and coriander.
Learn lunar gardening
Some may find this strange. However, considering lunar gardening to ensure your crops grow abundantly is incredibly helpful. Popularized by urban gardeners in Span, lunar gardening is all about knowing how the moon affects your harvest.
For example, the tides are highest at the time of the new or full moon. This doesn’t just cause the waters to rise. It also increases the amount of moisture in the earth. This means the moisture in your soil also increases, encouraging your seeds to swell, burst then sprout. If you know when the soil’s moisture will rise, this gives you the chance to improve your seed germination.
The amount of moonlight can also impact your leaf growth. During the second quarter or the new moon, the moonlight is at its brightest and encourages your leaves to grow faster. Once it passes the full moon stage, leaf growth once again slows down.
Moon gardening is both fascinating and beneficial. Considering the limited resources you have, we highly recommend getting yourself a lunar calendar.
Urban gardening may seem unfamiliar to you now but in due time, you’ll be welcomed with a fruitful harvest. We wish you the best of luck!