Posted on 28 June 2007 by

Introducing Urban Garden Casual: Gardening for City Dwellers



Urban Garden on Fire EscapeJust because you live in a city doesn’t mean you can’t garden!

Urban Garden Casual helps city dwellers reclaim the pleasures of non-city living within the confines of urban space by bridging traditional gardening with the special needs of urban and small-space gardeners in the modern world.

Urban gardens come in many shapes and sizes. Some urban gardens are as small as a window box or container full of herbs sitting on a fire escape stairwell. Some are as large as the backyard gardens often found in suburban and rural areas. Urban Gardener Relaxing

Working around the constraints of limited-space, light, and microclimates created from the shadows of neighboring buildings can be fun to figure out. After, all, urban gardening is gardening against the odds — and who doesn’t enjoy a challenge! We’re urban dwellers after all.

So, shed your work clothes, pick up your iPod, and join me on a journey through the world of gardening done urban and gardening done casual.

4 Responses to “Introducing Urban Garden Casual: Gardening for City Dwellers”

  1. Bruce F Says:

    This is really a friendly sales call –

    A few of us who live in the city of Chicago are growing heirloom vegetables on our rooftops in cheap homemade earthboxes. In response to huge environmental problems, it’s a small but rewarding way to push back. Also, we think they’re a great way to build connections in a fragmented social/political landscape.

    Here’s the Flickr link, alongside the pics is a little how-to guide with plenty of relevant links.

  2. Reggie Solomon (a.k.a., "reggieCasual") Says:

    Hey Bruce I just checked out your Flickr page and it’s awesome. I’ve asked one of my bloggers over at Tomato Casual to interview you for a post. I’ll also plan on dropping you a line next month when I begin writing for Urban Garden Casual again.

    Did you guys get your trellis design from the Square Foot Gardening book?

    Looks similar to the design I saw there for roof top gardens and the design I used last year for my backyard.

  3. Bruce F Says:

    I came up with the specifics myself. All the homemade trellises I saw were made of pvc and really flimsy. I wanted something that I could leave up year round without worrying about it blowing over or rotting.

    I found this picture that gave me and idea –

    Because I didn’t want to put holes in my roof, I had to use the weight of the tub. The rest followed from that….

  4. Reggie Solomon (a.k.a., "reggieCasual") Says:

    The photo at that link is awesome. Many thanks for thanks for sharing it.

    So glad that trellis system ended up working for you.

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