Urban farming is the new trend that’s taking the word by storm. From massive rooftop greenhouses to backyard aquaponics or just a few edibles in gardens or containers, just about everyone who is gardening these days is looking at growing at least some of their produce at home. Here are our tips and tricks for successful urban farming in Hobart.
First up: Don’t go Overboard!
We heard a crazy story about a guy who decided to start a veggie garden in his multi-story apartment building. Unfortunately, he decided to use the living-room floor as his growing area, and water seeping through to the apartment below alerted the property managers to the fact that something was amiss!
Although you might not be thinking of taking things to such extremes, do be a little conservative in your urban farming efforts. Crowing roosters, a ton of manure that attracts flies, and ornamentals uprooted to make way for veggies are likely to upset your neighbours – and if you’re renting, your property manager!
Edibles Can be Very Pretty Garden Subjects
While your neighbours might not be impressed by a garden that looks like Farmer Brown just came to town, there’s nothing to stop you from using veggies as tasteful (and tasty) garden plants. The Colourful varieties of Swiss chard you can get seeds for nowadays are a great example. They’re way too pretty for you not to exploit their ornamental potential.
Carrots can make a fabulous edging for garden beds thanks to their fine foliage, and green or pinky-purple frilly lettuces also have loads of aesthetic appeal that makes them perfectly at home in flower beds. Use runner beans or peas to cover up wire fences and give you fresh yummies. Those flowers are sweetly scented and pretty too!
Add Some Herbs to the Equation
While we’re talking urban farming must-do ideas, including a good selection of herbs in your garden is sure to add charm. Lavender is the obvious choice, followed by rosemary, but don’t forget the smaller beauties like mint, basil and thyme. Plant them along pathways where passers-by will brush against them and release those delicious aromas.
Borage is lovely for cottage-style gardens. The blue blooms are a joy to behold – and they’re edible. That’s a treat you won’t find in shops! The leaves are edible too. Not sure what to do with them? Try these recipes – we certainly will.
Urban Farming in Hobart Property
There are tons of pros to urban farming – just remember your limitations, some of which will be imposed by what your neighbours will put up with and what your property managers allow. You’ll have lots of gardening fun – and you’ll get the freshest produce that goes straight from the garden to the plate.
Hobart property lends itself well to would-be urban farmers, so go ahead and try a few of our ideas. A veggie garden can be just as pretty as any purely ornamental grden if you’re ready to break with tradition, mix and match, and appreciate veggies for their looks as well as their nutritional value.
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