Urban Gardening Tips for Renters: Self-Watering Containers / Rooftop Terraces / Community Gardens



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Every year, a larger portion of our population is taking up residence in cities and suburban areas. Many urban dwellers would love to have a small garden and to grow their own food. But unfortunately, they may not own their own land. Want can a renter or tenant do to be able to garden in urban areas, even if they have no land to grow on?

There are three strategies that can enable you to experience the joy of outdoor gardening: Community Gardens, Container Gardening & Self-watering Containers or Planter.

COMMUNITY GARDENS:
Gardening is a growing trend in urban and suburban areas. And community gardens are often a crucial tool for enabling people to have access to a small plot of their own. You may have one in your area. Each community garden will have it’s own set of rules. You may be able to secure your own raised bed that will only cost a nominal fee each year.

If you live in an apartment, you may have literally NO outdoor spaces at you disposal. In such a case, a community garden would be a perfect fit for you! You may have shared access to tools or materials like mulch an compost. Many such gardens also have very perennials like berry bushes and fruit trees.

CONTAINER GARDENING:
If you have a small outdoor living space, you might enjoy growing on-site. Container gardening is the perfect way to do so. You don’t have to worry about disturbing the soil on your rental property. In fact, you might not even have any soil. But large containers will allow you to grow full sized vegetable plants. And smaller containers, like window boxes and great for things like lettuce or herbs.

As renters, we might find that we move from time to time. A container garden will allow you to pack up you garden and move it along with you. Some people have even grown fruiting perennials like dwarf fruit trees in this way.

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SELF-WATERING PLANTERS:
These are really just an extension of the container gardening. But sub-irrigated containers are worthy of having their own separate category. You might see these referred to as SIPs (sub-irrigated planters). But basically, they simply containers that contain a water reservoir.

This extra pocket of water is slowly wicked upward as the moisture in the soil get used by your plants. This gives you an extra cache of water. Your plants enough a nice buffer against droughts and hot Summer days. They grow larger and healthier, experiencing reduced water stress. Watering is less of a chore for you, and you may even be able to skip a few days between watering.

There are many retail kits, such as the EarthBox. In this video we look at a City Pickers SIP kit. Buy these are easy to make yourself, using DIY instructions. Window boxes, 5 gallon buckets and 18 or 30 gallon totes are all possible candidates for an SIP conversion.

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WHERE CAN YOU CONTAINER GARDEN?
There is a nearly endless list of possible locations for growing some fruits or veggies in containers. Think of hardscapes, spot that are paved with concrete, asphalt, stones or brick. Options include: Along a sidewalk or walkway, on a deck or patio, along a driveway, on a balcony or even… a rooftop!

GARDENING ON A ROOFTOP TERRACE:
In many urban areas buildings are designed with flat roofs. Sometimes such spaces are efficiently used as an outdoor living area. Similar to a deck or a patio, such rooftops allow residents to sit an relax. If you have access to a rooftop terrace, why not take full advantage of this valuable resource? Install a small container garden!

TIPS FOR GROWING ON A ROOFTOP:
– SAFETY:
Only grow on roofs that you are authorized to access. There are factors like insurance and liability that must be taken into consideration. A rooftop terrace would be mostly flat. It would also have a railing or parapet along the edge. If you have a situation like this, then do waste this great opportunity!

– WEIGHT:
Different rooftops are designed to bear different amounts of load. Using containers, rather than massive planters can reduce the volume of soil required and the total load placed on that roof. Keep your containers relatively light, using a light-weight potting mix to fill them. Some SIP tutorials will showcase designs that use gravel in the reservoir. This is unnecessary and it makes the containers excessively heavy. Avoid such designs.

– WINDS:
Winds on a roof can get strong. For free-standing, unsupported planters, select a container that is not top heavy. Look for a wider base that is not quite as tall. Grow plants that have a lower center of gravity. For taller plants, be sure to properly secure and fasten down their supports.

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Creating beautiful summer flower containers



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Sarah Raven shows us how to create beautiful summer pots, based on a colour theme, with different heights and textures.

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Planting Ginseng Seed Using My Natural Occurrence Method in containers



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Growing ginseng seed is an art. Using this method gives high germination rates.
You can remove the soil block and plant that. Or trench the pots into the soil and let the plants take root thru the bottom of the pot. The pot into the soil has been proven by me and you can let them grow undisturbed for many years, Just add a small amount of compost / soil on top of the pot each fall and an water when dry.
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Thank you for writing about the video many factors are involved to get the seeds to grow, the soil is dirt from hardwood forest get the soil just under the leaves collect the soil in areas where no grass is growing, just good looking dirt.
The small pots need crushes leaves placed on the bottom to block me drain holes, this will keep the soil in the pot.
The potting mixes are to lite for the ginseng, it dries out!
Planting, the soil will settle in over the winter about 2/3’s full from the start so plant you seed about 1/2. 5/8 inch deep and place the composted mix with some soil over the top of the soil / planted seeds another 1/2 to 5/8 deep and cover each pot with wood, avoid large wood covering several pots because of the mice will call this home and eat your planted seed.
The area where you place the planted pots should be under large trees, to be shaded next spring the sun should shine on you pots this winter in the morning to late morning avoid all day as the seed will get to warm and sprout to early.
You can use straw over the wood to help if you are in hard freeze area,
Keep the pots watered, soil moist during dry parts of the winter,, in heavy snow areas don’t remove the snow, this will keep the seeds perfect.
In the spring check the pots for germination start removing
The covers and expose your new plants, give the seed time to germinate avoid uncovering to Early ,removal because they all don’t grown the same, use judgement.

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Growing Organic Garlic in Containers: All the Planting Details – KIS Series



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You can grow garlic easily in containers. This is all you need to know for planting it. I show you an organic preparation to set up the container soil. And I show you how to plant it of course. Get some started now for next year. This method is best for Zones with freezing winters.

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Using Soil : How to Plant in Large Containers Using Less Potting Soil



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You can plant in large containers using less potting soil by filling out the extra space inside the containers with Styrofoam packing peanuts or scraps. Learn how to do this, while leaving enough room for roots to grow, in this free video on using soil.

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Best Way To Transform Storage Containers Into Planters



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Turn Storage Containers Into Planters. Part of the series: #eHowHacks x Citibank. Your flowers may outgrow your planters, but they’ll never outgrow your creativity. Turn storage containers into fully-draining garden planters with help from #eHowHacks.

TRG 2012: How to Grow Peas in Containers: Planting to Picking



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This video was created by splicing my two pea videos together. It shows you everything you need to know for planting peas in containers and harvesting them. I created a single video so you could see the finished product from using this pea planting technique. No need to search for the 2nd part. Enjoy!

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#Malvern Autumn Show 2018 Giant Vegetables Reveal From The Poly Tunnel Containers. (437)



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Growing Two Peppers in a Single 5 Gallon Containers – The Rusted Garden 2013



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Peppers can be grown in containers. You can grow two peppers in 5 gallon containers if you can manage the moisture. I show you the basic container, the soil preparation and other tips. If you want more peppers don’t over fertilize them.

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Planting Herbs in Containers: Oregano, Chives, Thyme, Mints, Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Lavender



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The basics for getting transplant herbs into your containers. It is a great way to get started with container gardening. I talk about fertilizing setup, perennial vs annual, frequency of water soluble feedings and basic planting.

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Succulent Planters Pt 1 (Containers with Drainage)



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– Shallow container that drains
– Cactus soil
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– Succulents
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How to Plant Beautiful Containers With Annual Flowers : Garden Space



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Auction House Buy. Water Containers for #LiquidFertilizer #Wormfeed #Compost #manure



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Auctions are held every Saturday, and if i can’t make it there in person i throw in silly bids on the off chance of winning.

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The canisters as shown in the video come with taps attatched to use for filling up watering cans etc. They are brand new, never been used.

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Pruning Indeterminate Tomatoes in Containers and Identifying Tomato ‘Suckers’



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Tomato ‘suckers’ will actually turn into stems that produce tomatoes. If you don’t prune the ‘suckers’ from your indeterminate plants you will end up with dozens of stems that produce tomatoes. It is a problem. You will end up with too much growth that is difficult to manage. That can lead to diseases, more but smaller tomatoes and you end up with a plant that won’t survive in a container. You have to prune indeterminate container tomatoes to one main productive stem. If you are adventurous and can manage the plants water… you can get away with to main production stems.

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Soda Bottle Watering System For Growing Plants In Containers



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Here’s a link to a question about the way it works:

We grow peppers and eggplant in these half barrels and it works really well except in the summer when it gets hot and

dry. It takes a long time if you’re running a sprinkler to get these things to get enough water and because I drilled

drainage holes in the bottom, I should have what time about 4 inches from the bottom on the side of barrel, I’ve

mentioned that before.

So I was looking different watering systems and Donald over on webcajun video on how he waters his plants using a

piece of PVC pipe and he mentioned he got the idea from a guy named Jeff over at Bologna ringRanch and I watched both

videos and this is my my version for watering these half barrels.

First remove the cap from a 2 liter soda bottle then take a flat screwdriver and stick under the collar that remains

on the bottleneck and twist it till it snaps off. Then take the soda bottle stick it upside down in a vice and take a

2 inch hole saw and cut a hole in the bottom, start with the side going forward until the drill bit goes through the

bottle and then put it in reverse to finish the whole.

Take some 1 inch PVC and cut it into 12 inch long pieces, stick one end of it in the vice, then take a heat gun and

shoot it down through the center of the pipe. I’m going to let the video run here in full time because it doesn’t take

that long to soften the pipe, just so you get an idea of how long it takes to soften the pipe with the heat gun on

high. When a pipe is soft enough use two hands push down firmly on the bottle and screw the bottle into the pipe until

the whole neck of the bottle is seated in the pipe and then let it cool.

You can’t push on the bottle to put these into the dirt it will either crush the bottle or separate it from the pipe

so take another piece of pipe make a hole part of the distance you want the thing in the dirt, if you want it 9 inches

on the ground push a piece of pipe 6 inches into the ground first then insert the bottle and take the other piece of

pipe slide it inside the bottle and use that to push it 3 more inches into the dirt and then fill it with water.

The first time I used them about a third to about a quarter of the water drained out between a half an hour and an

hour it took over night for the rest of the water to drain out of the bottles.

I don’t know how they’d work just stuck into the ground in a regular garden but it might be worth a shot to try one

and if you let me know how it works out for you.

Well I hope this works for you so far I like it and if you like it please comment, rate and subscribe thanks for

watching, bye.