Urban Garderners: Grace and Creativity Under Pressure

Urban gardening has existed for as long as people have lived in cities, and urban gardens can be found in every corner of the globe. Urban gardens vary considerably based on the country, culture, climate, and the shape of the space that the gardener has to work with. An urban garden may be designed for strictly aesthetic purposes, or to provide a much needed supplement to the food supply of the urban poor. Depending on where you live, you could possibly have a year round garden growing on your patio, or you may have to grow the majority of your plants indoors. What binds all urban gardeners together is the creativity required to grow food or create beauty in a small space.

There is no question that in the United States, our cities are getting bigger, and our arable land is shrinking. Interest in urban gardening and agriculture has been growing steadily in our country, and some recent studies reflect the fact that urban gardens make a significant contribution to the food requirements of urban populations on a world scale. An increasing number of people living in cities are also dedicating time to beautifying their homes and communities with trees, flowers and other plants.

It is clear that urban gardening will play a vital role in the future of the gardening world. And with new techniques and technologies available, urban gardening is becoming easier and urban gardeners, more creative.

We should not look to urban gardening just as a way to beautify the urban landscape, but also as a way to improve the environment, to build community, and to provide supplemental food for our families. As more and more people in our world move to cities, urban gardening is naturally the next evolution of gardening culture.

Want to learn more about Urban Gardeners?

Urban Garden magazine is a magazine written by growers for growers ans is dedicated to providing information on home food production. It features a comprehensive series of how-to articles covering every aspect of urban and indoor gardening, from hydroponics to tips for improving your crop yields and indoor equipment requirements. Also valuable are the product reviews which highlight various home gardening products.

The Urban Garden Project is a project which encourages people to plant their own home gardens to grow food, save money and increase self reliance. It contains a page of home gardening links, and a series of how-to videos with valuable gardening tips. You can join the project by sending an email to the moderator and adding a link to your blog or website.

City Farmer is a Vancouver based organization featuring a website with a comprehensive series of links relating to growing food, composting and sustainable gardening. City Farmer created in 1978 by the Vancouver Community Conservation center. The website includes links to information on recycling and water management, as well as pesticide reduction.

My Urban Garden  by Polly Bennell is a short ( 26 minute ) video documenting Polly’s experience in starting and developing her city garden which helps her to feed her family of 5 for 7 months of the year.

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