Think you can’t grow anything because there isn’t enough sun on your patio vegetable garden or in your yard? Why not get creative. Many urban farm projects find intriguing ways of getting around the challenges of growing in city areas.
Creative Ways of Getting Sunlight
All over the world, there are organizations bringing gardening back to communities.
Some grow from rooftops.
Mushrooms in a warehouse? Better yet, in your kitchen cabinet. Since mushrooms need shade, sunlight isn’t much of a problem.
Maybe put your container garden up on wheels and move it throughout the day. Simply follow the sun. The square foot garden can be placed on a table so that a person who is wheelchair bound can garden. This same set up could be used to follow the sun by adding wheels. These could be attached to the legs of the garden table, or try using a hand-truck. The same could be done for containers on the patio. I found pot-sized wooden platforms with wheels that work great.
Only have a driveway or parking lot to work with? Prefer round to square? Try a kiddie pool! This could easily be placed on a home-made low platform with wheels for portability.
Or maybe you can plant your garden in a truck: Truck Farm | A Wicked Delicate Film and Food Project. With this one, the sky’s the limit–literally!
Don’t Neglect the Soil
Sunshine isn’t the only ingredient necessary for beautiful robust plants. One of the challenges of container gardening is creating healthy live soil. It isn’t that complicated to do. You can get into the science of why later.
If you’re preparing a garden right now, consider making your own compost pile. If you don’t have any this year, purchase some compost. Some communities have compost that you can go get by the truckload free. Be sure to ask locally if there is one where you live. A sure way to perpetually boost the nutrients in your compost and soil is to use products such as SoilNoc™ SRT Advanced Mycorrhizal inoculum. For just a few cents per plant, you can virtually give your plants a vitamin factory. Microscopic but powerful and alive, this affordable product will give your plants what they need. And a little goes a long way. (For more information, read a little bit about the benefits of using soil inoculants.)
If you have any ideas on how to make your garden chase the sun, and simple ways to boost soil biology, please share!