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11 Easy Steps for Growing Food in an Urban Organic Garden

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Increase your space in an urban organic garden by doing these simple tips.

These urban organic garden hacks will help you grow the most food in a small garden space. With creativity, you can expand your space even more.

1. Grow in garden beds
Growing in garden beds as opposed to growing in rows will help you maximize your space. In addition, you can make your garden beds just 18” in width, making planting, care, and harvesting much easier to reach.

Using Keyhole beds is another feature that will help you maximize space in your urban organic garden. This allows you to access all crops, but increases your growing space relative to walking space.

2. Optimize space

When you optimize your growing space in relation to walking space, make only enough room for what you need. For example, a wider path can be used for wheel barrow access, while all other pathways can be narrow, giving just enough room to walk through with smaller tools.

Another way to optimize space in your urban organic garden is top plant vegetable crops close together without affecting their growth. Use the recommendations for square foot gardening. Some plants will need to be pruned in order for this to work well. Tomatoes, for instance, will need to have the suckers pruned to prevent over crowding.

3. Grow vertically

Perhaps the best space saving method is to grow crops vertically. You can do this in different ways. If the plant is a vining plant, you can train it to grow up a trellis. Or, like the 3 Sisters plants of corn, beans and squash, it can use another plant to grow on (beans climb up the corn stalks).

If you want to plant a vertical garden without using a trellis, you can plant in bottles, or in a ready made vertical structure made specifically for this type of growing. Planting in plastic bottles can enable you to set the bottles in holes cut out in board which is placed up vertically.

However you choose, vertical gardening is a great way to save space and makes for easy care since it is off the ground.

4. Practice Succession planting

This keeps a bed continually producing. As one harvest starts to mature and die back, you can already plan ahead what you will plant in its place. This keeps the planting season going, even into late fall for winter crops. This is also a type of crop rotation, which keeps your soil healthy.

5. Practice interplanting

This technique lets you plant different plants in the same bed without competing against one another. For example, radishes, a quick growing crop, can be planting in the same bed with a slower growing crop so that the radishes will be harvested before the other crop crowds them out or shades them out.

You can save a lot of space by planting different crops in the same bed that grow at different speeds. And it keeps your organic soil healthy.

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