Urban Garden Ideas

Pack a lot of garden into a small space -- even your own chickens! -- with these ideas for urban gardening.

Urban gardening is a great way to grow your own food, even if your plot is limited to a small city lot. Create a farmer's market full of produce in your backyard, or create an urban vertical garden on the balcony of your apartment. No matter the type of space, a gorgeous urban garden design is easy to achieve with innovation.

Pack an urban garden raised bed with fun features. Add in two deep planter boxes that are large enough to grow tomatoeshot peppers, or potatoes—or even larger crops such as blueberries. A decorative arbor can visually connect the two beds and gives vines, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or winter squash, a place to climb. You can even manage rainfall in an urban garden with a rain garden. With all of these urban garden ideas in mind, here are more ways to incorporate urban gardening into your urban landscape.

Raised Bed Urban Garden

One of the best ways to add an urban garden is with a raised bed. It's so easy that you don't even need soil to place it on; raised beds are fine on sturdy decks or paved surfaces, such as the edge of a driveway.

Holes drilled into the sides provide even more space for growing low, spreading plants such as strawberriesthyme, or spring greens. A hinged bench is another space-saver in tight spaces such as urban gardens: It offers a place to sit and tend your vegetables (or relax and enjoy the fresh fruits of your labors) while also conveniently storing tools and gardening supplies.

You'll get the most produce from your raised beds if you site them in a spot that sees full sun (at least six hours of direct sunlight a day) and has good airflow, which helps plants resist disease. Fill the raised bed with a high-quality potting mix rather than digging soil from your garden (which may contain weed seeds or pest and disease organisms).


Add Urban Chickens in the Urban Garden

Raising your own chickens is a hot urban gardening trend—it's easier than you might think and fun, too! The coop here looks attractive enough to fit in any yard and provides all the features you need for success with three or four chickens (which should give you about two eggs per day). Plus, the birds will provide a source of manure to add to your compost—which will eventually help yield more in your garden! You can easily build this cottage-style chicken coop for your own yard.

Note: If you live in town, check local restrictions about having chickens.

Throw in a Chicken Coop

Why not have chickens to harvest fresh eggs, too? Fenced with chicken wire at the base, this backyard chicken coop keeps your feathered friends safe from predators and gives the chickens room to move about. A hinged nesting box makes harvesting your own eggs a cinch as well. Make sure the chicken coop is fully enclosed with its door secured at night and has functional windows. Bedding is also essential in a chicken coop and needs to be changed regularly to encourage your chickens to keep laying lots of eggs.

Inspiring Chicken Coop Ideas

Chicken coops needn't be an eyesore in your landscape. See our most beautiful chicken coop ideas and get inspired to build your own.


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