It’s easy to feel disconnected from nature if your family’s experience is limited to the trees on the side of the road or the occasional park. But living in the city doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t garden together – in fact, living in the city makes it even more important that you do!
No yard? No problem! Small space gardening options abound. From vertical gardens to school and community gardens, there’s an opportunity for every potential gardener and gardener-at-heart to share the experience with their kids.
Container gardening is all the rage. It can be a great option for a lot of urban gardeners, but containers take up a lot of space, so if your balcony or terrace is small (or non-existent) container gardening likely isn’t right for you. The trick to gardening with limited space is to think up, not out.Greenwalls may seem trendy and elaborate, but vertical gardening systems like Minigarden make it easy for urban families to garden together without requiring a ton of space or effort. All you need to grow your own produce with your kids is a couple of inches of free ground space or an empty wall!
Unlike DIY vertical gardening planters that can be difficult and expensive to set up, Minigarden modules easily snap together. Plus, our unique irrigation system prevents overwatering and won’t leak, so there’s no need to worry about creating the unsightly water damage that is characteristic of fabric vertical gardening pockets.
Vertical gardens are a great way to welcome nature into your home, but if you still lack space or sunlight, school and community gardens can help you and your kids connect with nature and your neighborhood.
School gardens are growing in popularity across North America. School gardening helps children of all ages understand where their food comes from, and it can also improve their overall well-being while providing a more comprehensive, interactive educational experience. After all, why read about biology in a textbook when you can see it in action?
There are a number of national and local organizations that champion the benefits of school gardening, as well as a variety networks that connect different schools and regions by providing a forum for conversation, sample lesson plans, and even resources for setting up a school garden.
If you’re curious about school gardens in your area, check out some of these great organizations:
There are many other locally based school gardening organizations and networks in Canada – too many for us to share here! A quick online search will connect you with a group in your area.
Community gardens are cropping up all over the continent, and they’re a great way for families with limited space to get growing and create a stronger community. There are even special youth community gardening groups.
The American Community Gardening Association supports community gardening initiatives across the United States and Canada. Check them out for more information on community gardens, to find a garden in your area, and for other programs and resources.
Time To Grow!
There’s no excuse for urban families to stay out of the garden! Between vertical gardening, school gardening, and community gardening, there are plenty of ways for you and your kids to get in touch with nature and get growing.