Modern Urban Gardening Trends
Urban gardeners these days find themselves in new environments with new challenges and limitations. Rooftop gardens, hydroponics, and container gardening are examples of how urban gardeners have adapted to these new conditions. In addition, communities are working together to share the sparse open space that exists in cities to create community gardens that provide extra food and add beauty to their neighborhoods. People in cities are also becoming more aware of urban agricultural projects such as “Brownfield” restoration and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Communities throughout developed and developing nations are pioneering urban gardening technologies and techniques. There are “green roofing” projects popping up in Montreal and Chicago, innovative community gardens starting India, and urban rainwater catchment projects in Melbourne, or rain barrels for smaller spaces. Additionally, new gardening theories such as “square foot gardening” are specifically designed to help gardeners living with limited space increase their yields.
World organizations and governments are also taking a closer look at gardening and the urban environment, with urban agriculture becoming an important theme at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization and at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg. This impressive web site developed by “City Farmer” describes how urban gardeners throughout the world are working to improve their cities through gardening.
Want to Learn More About Urban Gardening Trends?
Trend Hunter magazine has a page detailing the latest trends in urban gardening, from ultra-modern indoor grass gardens to terrace farming and folding greenhouses. There is also a section on guerilla gardening, a tactic where people go out in cities under cover of darkness to plant gardens in unused green areas.
ECO Business Links has a list of links on urban gardening and urban ecology. There are links to blogs, and business and organizational websites.
Sonia Day has written an excellent article in the Toronto Star on the latest trends in home food production. Day profiles Gayla Trail, an urban gardener who advocates greening as much underused city space as possible. The article points out the increasing popularity of vegetable growing as a way to counteract the increasing concern of pesticide use in commercial food production.