We have always associated the idea of a vegetable garden with the countryside, with a town, with the rural environment, but not with the cities. A concept that in recent years is changing, the thought that in big cities there is no space or you cannot have a garden has been banished.
In recent years, many people committed to the environment and who always want to eat a healthy diet, have changed the chip and got to work, creating their own growing spaces in the city, harvesting their own food sustainably and promoting a healthier lifestyle in your community.
The reasons for starting your own urban garden can be many:
- Grow 100% natural food, without harmful pesticides. Being able to harvest fresh products without having been manipulated in the marketing chain. You will eat healthier and also, when you taste its flavor you will not want to try any other. When you grow your own food, your relationship with food becomes totally different. The habit of planting and harvesting encourages people to eat healthier, valuing natural options, which are highly nutritious.
- Rediscover nature. A garden makes your contact and respect for nature much more intense.
- We can make our home a more pleasant and healthy place.
- It’s easy. Contrary to what you may think, having a small garden on your terrace or in your garden is easier than you think.
- It is rewarding. Growing, growing, harvesting and eating your own food is one of the most rewarding activities we can experience.
- You save money. Growing your own food will save you on your purchase of the supermarket. Also, if you have grass, the amount of water that you have to allocate to maintain it is quite a large expense. A packet of seeds is very cheap and hundreds of plants can sprout.
- Think of the people around you, your family or your community, the values that you can bring to them if they have an urban garden nearby. If you have a nearby community that grows its own food, it is possible to trade, buy and sell goods. This practice ends up promoting the development of the economy and new local businesses. You can rescue the sense of community and mutual help between neighbors.
- You meet again with the natural cycles. By being in contact with the plants we will realize that they are dependent on the cycles of the year. We once again feel the importance of spring, the difference between summer and winter and the abundance of autumn.
- Improves the efficiency of food production and land use. Large-scale intensive agriculture has many negative factors. The loss of soil productivity in monoculture cases is one of them. Therefore, producing in the backyard allows the decentralization of production, helps to conserve the soil, reduces the carbon footprint that food leaves between the producer and the final consumer, encourages the creation of independent stores and producers, decreases the amount of discarded packaging and more.
The current concept of urban garden is based on taking advantage of the cultivation techniques of yesteryear but concentrating all our harvest in small spaces. Today there is a lot of material with which we can take advantage of any small corner of our house, a roof terrace, a terrace, a balcony and even a window. We only need a place in our house with 5-6 hours of direct light a day.
In the urban garden you can grow a huge variety of greens and vegetables, from aubergines, garlic, chard, onions, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, through lettuce, radishes and a long etcetera, depending on the installation we have.
If I have convinced you and you do not know where to start, you can take a good example of the Australian Angelo Eliade capable of producing 250 kg of food in his 60 square meter garden, or Dennis and Danielle McClung who transformed their pool into a self-sufficient garden, or the Dervaes family that produce 2700 kg of food in 400 square meters, or Luke Keegan who turned his lawn into a fantastic urban garden, or Curtis Stone who has become a true guru of urban gardens, or the Asturian Toni Frito who amazes us every week with your articles.