3 Small Urban Garden Design Ideas

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

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Urban gardening is a great way to grow your own food, even if your plot is limited to a small city lot. 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.

This raised-bed urban garden design idea is packed with fun features. The urban garden shown here offers two deep planter boxes that are large enough to grow tomatoes, peppers, or potatoes—or even larger crops such as blueberries. A decorative arbor visually connects the two beds and gives vines, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, or squash, a place to climb. One way to manage water runoff in an urban garden is with a rain garden.

Raised Bed Urban Garden

Hidden seating in outdoor garden room

Holes drilled into the sides provide even more space for growing low, spreading plants such as strawberries, thyme, or spring greens. A hinged bench is another space-saving urban garden design idea: It offers a place to sit and tend your vegetables (or relax and enjoy the fresh fruits of your labors) while 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).

Raising Chickens in an Urban Garden

Urban Chickens and Chicken Coop

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!

Note: Check local restrictions about having chickens.

Chicken Coop

Chicken coop

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 eggs a cinch, too. Change the bedding in the nesting box regularly to encourage your chickens to keep laying lots of eggs.

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