Urban gardening

Urban life can seem awfully sterile with little greenery and/or abandoned lots. Often residents have no opportunity to connect with plants by actually growing them.  (A must have experience for all children, in my opinion.) It looks like some city dwellers are tired of having just house plants or a few potted plants at windows; urban gardening, including edible foods farming, is becoming a movement. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening.

 

City Farmer News and their Urban Agriculture Notes are great resources.

See Chelsea Green’s Create a Food System for Your Small Space article for indoor and outdoor small space gardening tips.

There is an interesting outdoor urban vertical gardening project in New York City, though it seems the impetus is more as an architectural than a ongoing feasible project.

Window Farms.org- window farms are vertical, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials. Here’s one of their videos:

 

 

Then there are the Guerrilla Gardeners– reclaiming sterile dirt patches in urban environments through approved and illicit gardening- Guerrilla Gardening.org (based in London, where it looks like the authorities let these plants grow rather than spraying them with herbicides), Los Angeles Guerrilla Gardening, how to make seed bombs, Green Gorillas (Facebook group), and more links.

About the Author

Retired from an environmental protection career in California, and letting my forested land in the Southeast heal itself, I traveled throughout North America for 4 years. As an OBOD Druid, I enjoy building connections - keeping seasonal festivals (the Wheel of the Year), honoring places and spirits, connecting with plants (using the Ogham), and visiting with other Druids.

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