Ever Wanted to Start Your Own Urban Garden?
Summer in full swing, and with it is the summer growing season! The sunshine and warmth of summer provide fuel for the growth of a variety of vegetables. At our Urban Urban Demonstration Garden, a half-acre urban farm outside our DC Warehouse, we’re growing some delicious veggies all summer long!
Most of the food produced in the Urban Demonstration Garden is given away to food assistance partners and ultimately makes its way to members of the community. Additionally, the garden is designed as a learning laboratory where partner agencies can learn how to grow healthy, nutritious food in the urban environment. This experience helps connect them to the world of fresh produce, where daily consumption leads to better health. Our partners can then take what they’ve learned into the community to grow healthy food for people in need.
One of the ways we grow our plants is through “urban plots.” These plots are great tools for growing veggies and flowers in a city environment. But we’re not the only ones who can have an urban garden plot. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make one and grow some veggies on your urban property, maybe on a balcony or on your front deck? Well here’s your chance! We’ve put together some instructions for growing your own urban garden plot.
What You’ll Need
A small pot for the plants and another pot/container for mixing soil, a drill, rocks, soil, fertilizer, water, a small shovel, and seedlings!
Preparing the Pot
1. Drill holes in pots.
Taking a small pot, drill holes in the bottom so the water can drain. This is a crucial step, because you can drown the plants if you don’t do this!
2. Add rocks to the pot.
This will allow for better drainage at the base of the pot. Make sure you put on gloves for this part!
3. Mix in soil and some fertilizer in another pot/container and add water.
You’ll want to make sure you add enough water so that the soil is dampened to the consistency of a damp sponge.
4. Loosely add soil to the pot.
Don’t pack the soil tight. Try and even out the top soil smoothly.
5. Dig holes in the soil.
These are where the small plants will go. You’ll want to dig the holes about two inches deep and space out the holes so the plant have room to grow.
6. Plant seedlings.
Carefully remove the seedlings from small pot and place the seedling in the hole. Gently fill the hole around the plant so that the stem and leaves are above the soil line.
7. Water the soil.
Water the soil to a damp consistency once all planting has been completed.
Now you’re all set!
If you’re interested in learning more about gardening, our Urban Garden holds demonstrations throughout the year. You can also spend time volunteering in our garden By learning about the growing process, about food nutrition and about food waste, you can become an advocate for sustainable growing and help us take hunger off the map in the Capital Area!