If you’re one of many like me, living in an apartment, condo, or urban home with little to no land, the joys of gardening may feel unattainable. Enter the Urban Garden. The popularity of Urban Gardens are increasing rapidly as the green, local, and sustainable movements gain momentum.
Urban Gardens, also referred to as Community Gardens, are pieces of land in a metropolitan area, rented in plots to locals who cannot garden on their own property. Urban gardens give urbanites the opportunity to grow their own food, in turn promoting local, organic eating. This helps to cut down on the consumption of commercial produce that requires harmful pesticides to grow, and the excess burning of fossil fuels to ship. Many of these gardens even have a composting section where locals can drop off their food scraps to create free compost for the local gardeners, creating an additional way to participate in creating a greener community.
Urban gardens are not only a great way to improve our environment, gardening itself has many health benefits as well. The resistance your body weight provides makes gardening a great low intensity form of strength training, which aids in bone building, joint strength, and flexibility. Gardening can also calm your mind and help relieve stress.
Finally, we don't want to forget the aesthetic benefits that urban gardens provide. Nestled amongst the tall buildings and busy intersections, the small cornucopia of colors, flowers, and vegetables provided by an urban garden create a unique modern oasis.
image 1 via treehugger
image 2 via flickr/jaminsky
This post was written by Natalie Feldman