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Steps to Starting Your Own Urban Garden

Steps to Starting Your Own Urban Garden

In our age of wellness and health consciousness, it's more important than ever for us to be purchasing and consuming fresh produce. But getting fresh produce can get expensive--that's where urban farming comes in. Although the term seems daunting, it can be as simple as working on a small plot and growing some fresh cucumbers or lettuce. If you're ready to start your own garden but not sure where to start, not to worry. Today, I'm sharing a few tips for getting started and staying motivated.

Educate yourself

Different climates and growing conditions all have an affect on what you can grow and how you'' grow it. Before you get started, learn about the types of produce that grow best in the area you live in. Knowing what you can grow can then help you figure out what's best for you depending on the space, time and tools available to you. If you live in Alberta consider growing kale, carrots or beets. 

Speaking of tools: figure out which ones you need and get creative

There's not too much you need to get your garden started. Get started with a fork and spade and some containers and slowly figure out if there other tools you need. Your local garden centre can be a great place to find free containers or you can look around your home for things that could be transformed into gardening containers! Check out Sustainable Food Edmonton's site for a great list of other tools you might need

Trial and Error

When it comes to gardening, it's not as simple as putting some seeds in a container of dirt, watering it and having your produce grow within a few months. Inconsistent temperatures, dead plants or unproductive seeds can hamper the process and be wholly disheartening. But sometimes you have to recognize that things don't always go well the first or second (or third!) time around and that's ok. 

That being said: be patient

Despite how disheartening your failures can be, it's important to keep going. Every mistake is a lesson and pretty soon you'll be eating fresh produce you grew yourself!

You don't have to do it on your own.

As rewarding as it may be to start and cultivate your garden on your own, we don't all have the time and resources to do so. Joining a community garden is a great way to start growing your own produce, not only because it's a great way to get a plot if you don't have the space. It's also a great way to meet people and receive support in the process. 

Would you ever think about growing your own produce? Do you do it already? Share your stories and ideas in the comments!

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Elenor Siebrig, President, Sustainable Food Edmonton

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