Who doesn’t love growing and picking their own fresh herbs and vegetables? City living may limit the size of your personal outdoor space, but urban gardening means there is no limit to planting your own edible garden on your balcony or patio.
Container gardens are on-trend, creating a ‘rural’ and organic feel within the city limits.
Even with limited space available, installing a few planters or pots will soon have your balcony producing all year round and offering you plenty of Instagram urban and city gardening moments.
Our top urban garden edibles:
When it comes to city gardening, herbs are the easiest edibles to grow in containers. You don’t need green fingers; as long as the herbs are watered regularly and have sufficient sunlight and healthy potting soil with added compost and nourished with fertilizer, they are likely to delight you with their greenery and flavours.
Our favourites include parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme - (yes, these are also the lyrics to a Simon and Garfunkel song) - mint, oregano, basil, chives, coriander and lemon verbena. Keep a pair of garden secateurs on hand to snip herbs as you need them. Potted lavender (with good drainage) is a wonderful fragrant companion plant to herbs, inviting bees and butterflies to your balcony garden.
Tomatoes and Strawberries
Tomatoes and strawberries are urban garden winners. If you have a sunny spot on your patio, then container tomatoes and potted strawberries will be prolific bursts of flavour and colour.
The smaller tumbling varieties of tomatoes are easiest to grow in pots or vertical containers because they don’t need any pruning and they will even grow well in hanging baskets. Plant a few marigolds among your tomatoes as their scent will help to repel aphids.
Of course, your city garden is only limited by your imagination. Experiment with swiss chard, aubergines and mini peppers - all suitable for pots and containers.
Urban Gardening with STEP Building Supplies
STEP Building Supplies is your convenient online hardware store under one online roof. Stock up on some good quality gardening gloves, a trowel and fork, and get your edible urban garden growing.
If you are feeling DIY inspired and looking to build a small patio in your city garden, contact our online team who are ready to advise you on what materials you will need, and have them delivered to you.
Relax on your urban balcony with some refreshing mint tea and browse our weekly deals.