Herb growing and vegetable beds are only suitable for rednecks? Wrong! The new trend is called Urban Gardening which originates in the seventies of New York and which now also found its way into our metropolises. The point of Urban Gardening is to use also small surfaces like the own balcony or the window sill for gardening and therefore embellish the cityscape. Moreover, you do not only improve the climate and the air quality, but you also create biospheres for endangered insect species. By collaborative garden work, also points of encounters and exchanges are created which counteract the isolation of an anonymous metropolis. A great idea which we want to address in our today’s blog article. Here, we will present creative ideas for the crop growing in the smallest spaces and great initiatives for participating in Salzburg:
The biggest challenge with Urban Gardening on the own balcony or window sill is probably the shortage of room. But with a bit of creativity, this problem can be solved easily and even fashionably. Herb shelves can be made from baskets tied together, old wood boxes or alienated racks, for instance. Also hanging baskets, planting pockets, or flower ladders are a great possibility to plant in narrow spaces. But our favourite is the home-made herbary in a vertical europallet which fits on every balcony for sure. You will find instructions for many space-saving and beautiful upcycling ideas here.
Those of you who neither have a balcony nor a garden available, can look out for a community or neighbourhood garden nearby and plant there. In the Salzburg district Aigen, the friendly society Erdling grows fruits, vegetables and herbs in the Gänsbrunnstraße 8, for example. The aim of the project is to provide 100 inhabitants of Salzburg with fresh vegetables throughout the year. To realize this idea, a crowdfunding is currently pushed ahead. Until the 24th of August, you can still buy imprinted bags and shirts, but also adopt earthworms or do belly dancing near the herbal bed to support the initiative. But apart from investors, also passionate hobby gardeners are welcome who want to provide themselves with vegetables.