Winds tunneling through high rises and neighborhoods can be damaging and drying. Adjust watering as needed and provide supports for tall plants or decorative fencing/screening as a wind break, says Melinda Myers, an urban gardener.
Vegetables, herbs and greens are grown around the deck of a San Francisco garden that slopes 8 feet from the back door and is bordered by apartments. St. John Landscapes used succulents, variegated plants, Burgundy cordyline, evergreen vines that contrast with the ground cover border and evergreen grasses, for the APLD award-winning project.
Whens space is tight, you can use old items, such as a wheelbarrow to display and grow plants. Portable gardens are a creative solution for those who need to move plants into sun or shade during the day, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. Heavy planters can be moved easily.
Both culinary and medicinal herbs look fabulous in upcycled containers, baskets and containers such as small boots. Group herbs with similar water and sun needs together, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. For example, drought-tolerant Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, green onions and marjoram are perfect bed partners. These attractive planters also make great edible gifts.
Pollution is another aspect of safe food gardening in high traffic areas. Barrier planting may need to be installed as a screen to filter airborne heavy metals and toxic chemicals away from food gardens, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. In the Atlanta condo terrace, Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. designed the landscaping.
Microgardens can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed, says Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com. Here, a small raised garden bed is intensively planted with edibles.
Bring an industrial look to your garden by potting plants in ammo boxes. In this particular creation, Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordon of The Horticult suspended two rows of ammo box planters from chains.
Microgardens can be created on roofs, balconies, small patios, fire escapes and small landscaped areas, using edibles as decorative and ornamental features instead of strictly edible plants, says urban gardener Melinda Myers.
The courtyard of a Boston townhouse A Blade of Grass, Wayland, MA brings in 'Center of Attention' hostas and 'Green Mountain' boxwood in front of horizontal wooden fencing. The project, by A Blade of Grass, was a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award winner.
Micro gardens can be started in even the tiniest of containers and spaces. You can make miniature greenhouses for seed raising and microgreens by upcycling plastic food-grade punnets and bottles, suggests Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com.
A contemporary patio of a coastal California home uses concrete pads surrounded by colored gravel and massed succulents, which can be a low maintenance microgarden option. Grounded Modern Landscape Architecture designed the award-winning space.
Regular harvesting will keep plants, such as these in containers along a walkway, producing. You also will get even more produce from your small space, says Melinda Myers, an urban gardener. For example, she suggests picking outer leaves of lettuce and other greens when they are 4 to 6 inches tall and Swiss chard and kale when 8 to 10 inches inches tall.
Built-in planter boxes made of redwood give a young family easy access to vegetable and herbs in their backyard, surrounded by two- and three-story apartment buildings in San Francisco. The project by St John Landscapes won a 2015 award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.