Urban Garden Products We Know You’ll Love
You don’t need a huge backyard to have a breathtaking garden. These products turn even the smallest balcony into a lush, green space.
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Double-Layered Garden Beds
When most people think of a garden, they imagine a large plot of dirt. If you have a balcony, alleyway or patio instead of a wide-open yard, you can still have garden beds — only above ground instead of in-ground. These stacked garden beds make efficient use of space by offering double-layer planting or storage space. Try this set of four raised bed gardens from Giantex, or place pots and tools on the bottom rack of this garden cart planter.
Make Use of Corners
The open corner beside your front step or balcony wall is prime real estate for urban gardening. Use a tiered plant stand to display your pots and expand your corner’s floor space. Because the tiers are stepped, not stacked, your plants are free to grow as they please. You’ll cut down on watering time thanks to the compact, easy-to-reach design. The rounded shape offers a soft, natural ambiance in an otherwise empty and angular corner.
Strawberries notoriously take up a lot of room. When planted in an in-ground garden, they’ll quickly take over, spreading to any open soil. They are, however, ideal for urban gardening. These stackable planters are the perfect home for strawberry plants. The vertical design and individual openings allow you to grow plenty of plants without overcrowding. They work for other types of plants, too.
Hanging planters are another ingenious way to make use of vertical space. Attach them to the balcony above yours or to the ceiling near a window. You could even add a hook to the wall near your front door. Stylish, white planters look crisp and clean indoors, while wire baskets with coconut liners look right at home outdoors.
Urban gardening is about making your situation work. If you don’t have a sunny outdoor space, try adding grow lights to your pots and planters. Pico’s palm-sized pots with built-in grow lights are the perfect size for urban dwellers. Set them on shaded windowsills, windowless kitchen counters, bookshelves and more. Pico is still in development, but those who back their campaign on Indiegogo receive the product before its release. If you have enough space, a full-sized panel of grow lights is just right for seed starting trays and other rectangular planters.
Line your balcony railing with pots and pockets for a showy garden display. Neighbors will admire your green thumb, and you’ll save floor space for lounge chairs. These bright pots come in a variety of colors and sit directly atop the railing. And these double-sided plant pockets fold up for easy winter storage.
Cover an ugly wall or railing with these wall-mounted pots. Try strategically planting by color to create a living mural. Or stick with herbs and garnishes for an all-green backdrop. Then place a table and chairs in front of your new wall for a scenic slice of urban paradise.
When you don’t have a garden hose, heading inside to repeatedly refill the watering can is a pain. Self-watering planters save time and keep your plants happy. This urban garden planter from Glowpear is safe to use indoors and outdoors. Just fill the water reservoir and let your plants drink as they please.
Collapsible Watering Can
While the garden itself takes the most room, storing tools can be challenging in an urban setting. This collapsible watering can doubles as a bucket and folds up for convenient storage. Stick it under the sink or inside a large pot when winter comes knocking.