At Greenuso we know how important it is to grow sustainable, natural and ecological vegetables and fruit from our homes. Above all, because these small crops guarantee healthier products, compared to those we find in the supermarket.
That’s why we bring you a step-by-step guide on how to set up an urban kitchen garden easily and simply, even if you don’t have much space at home. Without further ado, let’s get started!
What is an urban garden?
An urban garden is a small space within our home, rooftop, terrace, garden or kitchen, used for growing vegetables, greens or aromatic herbs.
Having a kitchen garden is an alternative implemented more and more frequently in city homes. Thanks to these you can have fresh products to dress your meals, salads and prepare infusions.
Also, you can involve the children of the house to encourage them to value the ecological and self-consumption. In addition, home-grown products guarantee food that is free of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides.
What are the types of urban gardens that exist?
Below, we will talk about 3 types of urban gardens according to the place or structure where they are developed:
- Growing tables. They are easy to place on terraces, gardens or rooftops. Their elevated structure makes it more comfortable to grow the plants because you do not need to bend over. Therefore, they are ideal for elderly people or people with some motor difficulty.
- Flowerpots in windows or on worktops. By using small pots you can make the most of the space on the sunlit worktops. If you place them in your kitchen window they look perfect as part of the décor.
- Vertical gardens. They are quite aesthetic gardens that you can place on the floor or wall, being ideal for small spaces.
What plants can I grow in my easy urban garden?
To be successful in making a city garden you should be very careful with the season in which you plan to plant. Preferably, select items which don’t require much space to develop.
If you are a beginner, we recommend buying already developed plants ready to be transplanted. But if you have previous experience in growing, you can even start sowing from seed.
Plants with short cycles will be the most recommended for planting in an urban garden, such as lettuce and radish. Then you can add peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, strawberries, green onions, etc.
As for aromatic plants, you can’t miss basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley and coriander. Their intense and pleasant aromas will invade your kitchen. Moreover, they do not require much care and develop quickly.
Learn how to set up an urban kitchen garden: Step by step guide
If you are motivated to have an urban kitchen garden, pay attention to the next step that will serve as a guide to create yours.
Firstly, you won’ t need to have much space to do it, you just need to have a wall illuminated by sunlight for a few hours a day approximately.
Now, to create your urban garden you should easily have the following materials and tools.
- Fertilised soil (the necessary according to the proportions of the pots).
- 8 pots.
- 8 plants of the items to be harvested.
- 14 metres of rock.
- 4 wall supports.
- 2 wooden bars of the desired length.
- 8 steel rings.
- A drill, screwdrivers and a tape measure.
Once you have all the materials, proceed to the nextstep to make an urban garden in the kitchen. It will be simple!
- The first thing you will have to do is plant the plants in each pot. It’s important to place a piece of paper at the bottom beforehand to avoid excessive dripping when watering.
- Next, measure and cut the rocket into 8 equal pieces of 170 cm each.
- Make a knot at each end of the strings.
- Now pass the strings around each pot, making sure that the longest part is facing upwards.
- Measure and mark on the wall the space where the first wooden bar will be placed, approximately 120 cm from the ground.
- Using the drill, install the wall brackets in the previously marked spot on the wall.
- Repeat this same procedure with the other two supports, this time 60 cm above the first two supports previously installed.
- Insert four rings in each wooden pole and place them in their respective brackets.
- Now take a pot and pass the long string through one of the rings, taking the end back to the pot and securing it very well with another knot.
- Repeat the process with each of the plants in the different rings.
- The final result will be 8 hanging plants which, apart from their usefulness in the kitchen, will make your wall look very attractive.
This is our step-by-step guide. At Greenuso we know how pleasant it is to consume what we have harvested ourselves, which is why we encourage you to put this step by step into practice and set up your own urban garden in your home kitchen.