Garden In The City

Garden In The City
Garden In The City

City living is comfortable and preferred by most but there is something in the country which, if given the chance, I would definitely have in the city, gardening.  There seem to be no place for it anymore.  Scarce and pricey lots and spaces have made it impossible.  Owning a big place in the city has become a privilege.  So the idea of gardening is just seem infeasible.

But then again there is nothing impossible to creative and resourceful minds. Coupled with a desire to have some organic food on the table, I made my own garden in the city.  Re-using large plastic water bottles and containers (that could not be recycled because of Phthalates), wooden cabinet, and even my kids’ baby bath tub, I planted some veggies like malabar nightshade, bitter melon, cilantro, ginger, garlic, tomato, and bell pepper.  Since then, my family has enjoyed some great, tasty, hot soup from my garden’s produce. This is my first attempt, so things are a bit topsy-turvy.  However I plan to organize things and maximize the our teeny-weeny veranda into a mini jungle as my kids would say.  My garden may not look like what it is in the country.  But for me this is a garden, a garden in the city. No matter what situation we are in we could always turn it around to our advantage.

Aside from this, there are other few things we can do/learned from gardening.

  1.  It’s a good way to teach children about plants- parts, needs, and how to take care.
  2. Watering plants is a household chore that even a 4 year old will enjoy.
  3. Planting is a tangible and great way to instill in children the love for nature.
  4. It shows children the value of eating healthy, organic vegetables.


Are you into gardening? How big is your garden, the real one or a garden in the city like mine?


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11 thoughts on “Garden In The City

  1. I love gardening. It gives me peace and a time to just experience solitude. Teaching kids about gardening is a nice idea too to let them appreciate nature.

  2. This gives me an idea that I must allow my boys to do more extreme sports like the kayaking. Surely there are a lot of life lessons one would learn from the activity.

  3. I love gardening so, this post got me very interested in taking another look at ways people can connect with nature; even in small city spaces.

  4. Awesome! This is reminding me of terrace gardens of England. I though they’d have plants. But when I went to such gardens I was more than shocked to see huge trees growing in the terrace of a 6 storeyed buildings!!! Best wishes for you to expand your city garden!!!

  5. When I was living in the capital, I had plants in pots placed in my apartment. They don’t survive though, due to the extreme heat (it was all concrete in my place). I wanted to have a garden because in my home in the province, where I am back now, we have a lawn and backyard filled with so much plants. I’m glad to be back in the province enjoying so much greenery. 🙂

  6. Definitely, people who live in the city should try to build a small herb garden in their kitchens. The free supply of oxygen is a big plus, as well as the therapeutic effect of gardening.

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