As the days get longer and the weather warmer, many people will be searching for a new hobby or activity to get them out of the house and into the sun. While we might not be able to do all the summer things we usually would right now, we can take on a home project to keep us occupied.
Gardening is a great way to entertain yourself, get outside and stay active. In fact, gardening has been scientifically proved to reduce stress, boost levels of happy hormones and promote a sense of well-being in people.
Even if you do not have a large, green garden, you could still reap the benefits of gardening by creating an urban garden using raised beds or pots. You could even live more sustainably by growing some of your own food.
Here is our how-to guide to creating a functional urban garden.
Find the sun
The first step to creating an urban garden that grows the plants you want it too is to find the sunniest spots to grow plants in. Whether it is a windowsill, balcony ledge or a corner of your patio, start by selecting some planters, compost and seeds of the plants you want to grow.
Remember to check the conditions the plants like to grow in before you plant them. Some will not thrive in cold outdoor areas and others will love constant sunshine.
Wear the gear
Typically, gardening attire is not the most glamorous garb. However, wearing the appropriate safety clothing and footwear will help you stay safe and enjoy gardening more. If you’re planning on getting stuck into gardening outside a lot, then you’ll need to get equipped with suitable clothing, gloves and comfortable footwear.
It’s best not to garden in your nicest clothes, as they’re likely to get dirty and ruined. A pair of overalls and an old t-shirt work well as you can stay covered up but cool in the summer.
Care for it
An urban garden needs constant care and attention. Make sure that you are watering your plants to the recommendations on the seed packets and plant care guides. Sadly, you cannot rely on unpredictable English weather to do the job for you. Invest in good compost with nutritional minerals for the plants you want to grow too, so they get the best start.
All in all, how you present your urban garden is entirely up to you and so is what you grow. So have fun with it and enjoy learning something new.0