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There are many advantages to having an urban garden, to creating home gardens, and you can have them at home, which contributes to numerous advantages and benefits.
The presence onbalconies and terraces with small gardenscultivated by the citizens themselvesis becoming more and more common in our cities. This is a currently widespread practice around the phenomenon of urban gardens or vertical gardens, which have had a rapid social growth, especially in the last decade.
Our society’s way of life has made us gradually lose contact with nature. A large part of the world's population lives in urban centres where interaction with resources is minimal.
The construction of this type of gardensis one of the solutions that has been proposed to restore this relationship, in addition to increasing people's awareness of the need to care for and preserve the environment.
The idea is to return to practising natural cultivation (now also calledorganic farming)andproduce healthier foods.
More and more people take courage tobuild one in their garden, on their roof or in other parts of their home.
To have a good garden at home you must follow some practical tips and have the best accessories for urban gardens , to take good care of it.
In addition to a space with as muchdirect lightas possible, depending on thesurface you have,you can grow more and variety food. Ideally you should take advantage of a terrace or a roof terrace. If this is not possible, you can organise yourself to build your urban garden with our growing tables in a balcony or in front of a window with enough light for the vertical gardens and their positioning.
You can currently find manymodels of containersto carry out your cultivation at home, such as different-size gardens at heights, but if you have less space you can easily use different pots or a vertical garden, and to plant the seeds you can use any small container (yoghurt containers are ideal for this).
As for thesoil, ideally you should start with a good vegetable substrate and organic fertilisers to encourage recycling and for a better plant or vegetable quality.
Watering can be done manually or you can set an automatic irrigation system later, especially to cover the times when you are not at home or when you go on holidays.
The advantage of the staircase (or Nikole) vertical garden is that it improves the light that each plant can receive, but sacrifices a part of the maximum amount of substrate that a planter of the same rectangular dimensions would have.
The correct location of the gardenshould always be aplace with sun for most of the day,the best location usually being facing south, especially if you want to plant the vegetable stars of the summer garden (tomatoes, peppers and aubergines).
These gardens are spaces used for cultivating food by yourself naturally, that is to say, without using chemical substances or fertilisers, which is a practice used in conventional industry, for example.
Stimulates self-consumption: Urban gardens are not just a trend. When they are taken on as a long-term project, they can become a way for self-consumption of food. In addition to the personal satisfaction that this generates, you contribute to reducing the food supply that occurs under the logic of mass consumption.
Improves our relationship with the environment: Urban gardens allow us to know the natural cycles of the earth and the conditions of our environment closely. In doing so, it encourages us to respect the environment and to preserve the resources we use every day.
Promotes sustainable practices: By being the ones in charge of managing and maintaining the garden, we can multiply the sustainable practices that some companies or organisations are already implementing to preserve the environment and the planetary balance.
Whenbuilding an urban garden at homewe can also reserve an area for achildren's gardenas it has manypositive effects on children. Let us see some of itsadvantages for the little ones:
They learn about naturebeing in touch with reality, touching the earth with their hands, smelling, observing ... something that is fundamental for children. It awakens their imagination because it is a very dynamic process. Everything that happens gives rise to a question, to a new experience.
Acquire responsibilities: At this age we can already entrust them with easy tasks such as watering the plants (if they have a watering can their size, much better). Seeing how they grow the plants they have cultivated will make them feel proud of themselves, it will teach them that with patience and dedication they get very good results, and also that sometimes things do not go as planned.
Less TV time: Working with plants is relaxing and produces well-being. Spending gardening time with the children is good not only for communicating and strengthening ties, it also takes us away from "home dangers" like too much TV or video games.
Eat better: Fruits and vegetables are among the foods that are most rejected by children, but they can become the most fun if you are eating a salad with a lettuce planted by them.