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Urban Gardening: Bringing Greenery to the Concrete Jungle

Do you have a balcony where you grow vegetables? Have you ever wondered how can you increase greenery in the city? Then, Let’s look at the concept of Urban Gardening.

Urban gardens are a secret retreat of peace and greenery in the middle of the busy city. These colorful areas give an abundance of fresh vegetables, a link to nature, and aesthetic value to concrete environments. 

Urban Gardening is a growing trend among people living in cities looking to re-establish a connection with the land and enjoy the produce of their work. There are countless opportunities to grow greens in urban areas, whether we have a large backyard, a little balcony, or even just a sunny windowsill. In recent years, urban gardening has gained momentum in Nepal’s cities too. From Kathmandu to Pokhara, rooftop gardens, balcony planters, and community plots are appearing, bringing a touch of green to the urban landscape. 

How to start Urban Gardening?

The first step in urban gardening is selecting the right plants for your space and climate. Consider starting with easy-to-grow herbs like coriander, basil, mint, and rosemary, which thrive in containers and add flavor to our meals. If you have larger spaces, vegetables such as tomatoes, chilies, and lettuce can be grown in raised beds or vertical gardens. We can also start the practice of rainwater harvesting so that water-related problems don’t occur. 

Advice on How to Plant an Urban Garden

Luckily, light, soil, and water are the only three basic requirements for plant growth. Love and care are still necessary for plant growth. Most of the plants flourish well in containers and don’t even require planting in the ground!

  1. Light from the sun is essential. Locate a location where the plant receives six to eight hours of sunlight each day.
  2. On the roof, plants may be planted. They can also be cultivated in hanging baskets on balconies, in window boxes, and on patios.
  3. The key is the depth of the soil. If a shallow-rooted plant is less than one foot tall, the soil should be at least six inches deep. Plants with deeper roots require a minimum soil depth of one foot.
  4. To prevent root rot in the plants, drainage is essential. Verify that the pot you have chosen has drainage holes.
  5. The composition of the soil is important. Compared to ordinary ground soil, potting soil is lighter and better at draining excess water.
  6. Do not forget to water your garden! Every time you water, make sure you wet the entire container. Making sure that you don’t overwater is also crucial. To avoid root rot, drain any extra water from the saucer beneath the plant.

Future

As Nepal’s cities continue to grow and evolve, the future of urban gardening looks promising. We can already see the start of urban gardening. As our parents grow vegetables in balconies and small spaces to have healthy fresh vegetables. With time and increased awareness about the importance of green spaces, and sustainable urban living we can increase the practice of Urban Gardening. Whether it’s rooftop gardens, vertical farms, or community orchards, the possibilities for urban gardening in Nepal are endless. 

In the End

Even while urban gardening has been regaining preference recently, it is by no means a new concept. Its roots can be discovered in the urban farming practices and fertilizer-making of ancient Egypt, where waste from the city was used. Since then, urban gardening has gained popularity as a way to combat food scarcity. Let’s keep up the long-standing custom, which is advantageous to all. Gather your gardening gloves and roll up your sleeves to begin creating green spaces and growing your food, one plant at a time.

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