How To Practise Urban Farming At Home

How To Practise Urban Farming At Home

With urban farming becoming increasingly popular, newer and more modern methods of farming are becoming popular too.

The most popular one of such methods is ‘vertical farming’.

From the name itself, one can guess that crops are grown vertically in this method. But what exactly makes it so urban-friendly? 

Urban cities have limited space, restricted sunlight and rigid climatic conditions. Under such circumstances, a method like vertical farming acts as the perfect mediator. 

Let’s learn more about exactly what vertical farming is and how you can practise this method at home!

What Is Vertical Farming?

This popular farming technique is basically crops planted in large, vertically stacked containers. This method is popular because it makes the maximum use of any given space and helps in growing as many crops as possible under controlled conditions. It’s the best type of urban farming for people who want the benefit of organic fruits and vegetables but don’t have enough space for it. 

One has to monitor the conditions very closely to make it work. On hand some people consider this an advantage because they don’t have to rely on natural weather conditions. The others find it too much of an effort. However, we think that the benefits of organic veggies are totally worth the hard work!

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Choosing The Right Crops

The next crucial step for successful vertical farming at home is choosing the right crops. Some great examples for small spaces would be lettuce, basil, mustard greens, mint and tomatoes. These plants will grow and give fast returns. The idea is to opt for small breeds that will not need much space even when fully grown.

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The Right Lighting

If you’re planning to start vertical farming at home, you will need an optimal balance of natural as well as artificial light. Most people think that it’s okay to let your plant be in under the light all through the day. Well, this is the biggest mistake you could make. 

There are many advanced technologies like rotating beds and automatic timers that will allow all your crops to get their share of light. However, if you do not want to invest in that, you will have to keep switching them up manually.

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How To Space Them Out?

Spacing out your crops is another one of the most important factors to consider. Not only is this important while vertical farming at home but also for any other traditional farming or gardening methods. Different plants and crops will need different amounts of space between them. This is done to minimise the competition between the plants for nutrition so make sure to research beforehand. As a basic rule, anywhere between 6-12 inches should be good enough. 

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Bottomline 

Now that you know all about this modern and efficient farming technique, go ahead and start planting! 

Even though this method is mostly used for fruits and vegetables, you can even plant flowers, succulents and decorative plants vertically. It saves space and looks good too!

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