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One of the newest trends in gardening is to create sustainable urban gardens. These gardens, which can be grown in the middle of the city, help make your family, friends, and neighbors more self-sufficient and self-reliable. These gardens do take a little bit of work, however. It’s more than just filling up a part of your yard and making it into an urban garden. While some people create an urban garden for their own families, some neighborhoods and communities get together to create an urban garden that everyone benefits from.


Why Create an Urban Garden?

There are many different reasons you and your neighbors might want to create an urban garden. It’s a great way to move towards becoming less reliable on products purchased from the store. You pay less for the product, plus you help the environment since your fruits and vegetables didn’t require any gas to ship them to you (or the store).You also know exactly what was used on food grown in an urban garden. If you want to eat organic foods that haven’t been exposed to any chemicals, growing them in your own urban garden is a great way of ensuring that they’re completely pesticide-free. Many people also argue that organic foods grown in your own garden taste much better.

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Where Should You Set Up an Urban Garden?

This really depends on how many people are involved in the garden. If it’s just your family, you’ll need to use your own yard. However, if it’s a community garden, one family may volunteer their yard, especially if they have a lot of space. It may also be possible to get permission to use a vacant lot. You will need to talk to the proper city officials about that, or, if the lot is privately owned, you’ll need to get the permission of the person who owns the lot. Often, they will donate its use to an urban garden, especially if they get a share of the fruits and vegetables the garden produces. You’ll need space to set up a fence to protect your growing produce, an area to build a garden shed to store your equipment, and a source of water.

Who Tends the Garden?

Usually, everyone who wants to get some food from the urban garden will be involved intending it. People sign up for different shifts weeding, watering, and tending the garden. What’s planted in the garden is also decided via vote. Sometimes, urban gardens will be divided up into small plots, and each person gets to decide what they plant in their assigned area. Often, urban gardens contain a variety of different fruits, vegetables, and even herbs.

Dividing Up the Food

This can be one of the more difficult parts of running an urban garden. You want to make sure everyone gets their fair share of the food, but not everyone is going to want the same things. You might divide up the food equally by item (for example, giving each person the same number of potatoes), or you could do it by weight. Since not all of the food is ready to harvest at the same time, people may also have to wait until more of a specific fruit or vegetable is ready before they get their share. As long as everyone is willing to compromise and worth together, though, everything will run smoothly and everyone will get some great tasting, healthy food.

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