Urban gardens have transitioned from rooftops and spare patches of land to sophisticated oases created on balconies, decks, and patios. While urban gardeners must still squeeze usable growing space from small settings, they want the look and feel of their gardens to mirror their modern, sophisticated home décor, in effect extending their urban living space into the outdoors.
Sophisticated, sustainable design
The challenge of designing a small exterior gardening space that embodies interior design can be met by an ever expanding selection of modern plant planters. Small spaces are simply made for planters, which offer gardeners the opportunity to grow vegetables, herbs, berry patches and other botanicals literally anywhere there is sunlight.
Today’s urban gardeners are also more sophisticated in regard to the health of their plants and the nourishment they provide. The advantage that planters supply in this area is control. With individual planters, gardeners can intimately control soils and fillers and the amount of sunlight each plant receives. Moreover, growing plants in planters versus directly in the ground reduces the risk of soil disease, minimizes the headaches of weeding, and allows the ability to control moisture on an individual plant basis.
Lightweight fiberglass and fiberstone planters are eco-friendly, cost-effective options ideal for outdoor settings. These convenient, durable planters may be moved between indoors and outdoors easily and allow freedom of design, giving the outdoor gardener versatility, allowing for easy rearrangement with seasonal needs or design changes within confined spaces.
Modern Planting Designs
Modern plant planters serve dual purpose since they can also serve as centerpieces, dividers, and even seating areas. In this way, urban gardeners can practice individual creativity and utility with a personal touch.
One growing urban garden trend is toward minimalist design. The smallest and simplest urban garden can be created in a single planter, perhaps made of galvanized steel with a single plant or packed with a multitude of herbs, vegetables, and non-toxic flowering plants. These options can be switched out with the season, maintaining a beautiful and functional garden all year around. Not every plant is suited for planter gardening, but there are more than enough dwarf trees including fruit trees, ornamentals, evergreens, and many vegetable varieties that are bred specifically to grow in planters.
Plants aside, the planter itself can be used to add color or texture to an urban garden. Planters come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles capable of accommodating everything from large trees to crop plants and small decorative items. As one urban designer stated, “Using free-standing planters for growing plants and crops can greatly benefit urban gardeners. Multiple designs and placements will liberate gardening creativity and perhaps more importantly, the plant is protected from contaminated urban soils.”
That the world is becoming more urbanized by the day is a reality. Unlike in the past, more of the world population now live in urban centers with most preparing to join the urban population in the nearest future. Even in developing countries where about 70% of the population used to live in rural areas, this proportion has reduced to about 50% with the propensity for further reduction. The factor responsible for this is rural-urban migration. Most of the youths in the rural areas today migrate in droves to urban areas with the belief that their life-chances will improve at the cities. Aside the youths,active rural dwellers who are not youths but still active also migrate to cities en-mass in search of better opportunities.
This largely unregulated spate of migration over-stretches urban facilities, causes homelessness and high rent, leads to high traffic jams, increases urban crime, causes noise and environmental pollution, causes over population and increases urban poverty. These problems most often make living in cities a nightmare. To enjoy living in urban centers therefore, it may be important to consider the following:
1. Make up their minds and agree that urban centers have peculiar problems that are non-existent in rural areas. For example, cost of living in cities is higher, traffic jam is more prevalent and crime could Facing this reality prepares the urban dwellers psychologically for any stress that may come with living in such places and builds coping mechanisms.
2. It is a good idea not to live at the city center. Parts of the city that are a bit far from the center tend to be cheaper, more peaceful and less congested.
3. Create time for recreation. Cities have good places, usually, where residents could relax. Do not allow the urban stress and survival demands and pressures to eat too deep into your sense of recreation. Always take time to refresh through recreation. Some Mega cities like Tokyo and New York even though are very busy still have good recreation centers. Thus, there are good recreation centers in cities and residents must always take advantage of these.
4. Always try to buy your things, even groceries and fabrics, from suburbs or rural areas a bit far from the city. You are most certainly going to get better bargains.
5. Study the traffic patterns to know the peak periods and the free periods and plan your routines appropriately so you are not held up in traffic always. This will help you avoid time and manpower hour waste. This also will reduce your stress and other risk exposures often related to traffic complications. Based on traffic patterns, you may have to leave home or office earlier or later than usual so you can enjoy yourself and be free from traffic problems.
6. Urban ways of life could be very stressful and compromise health. Therefore, residents must take more care of their health. The residents must undertake regular medical check up. They must not wait till they are sick. This could be too late. Urban challenges are natural stressors with dangers for health. Regular medical check up and prompt health intervention in case of sickness is recommended.