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City Living: 5 Tips For a Healthy Window Garden

2. Sunlight



Assessing how much sunlight your dedicated space for gardening will get is also an important preparatory step. After deciding the location of your “urban garden,” it’s time to do some more research. Typically, there are approximately four main categories of sunlight: full sun, or more than six hours of sunlight; partial sun, with four or five hours of direct sunlight; partial shade, between two and four hours of direct sunlight and shade, with less than one hour of direct sunlight. Once you’ve determined how much sun your dedicated locations receive, you’re better able to determine what will grow best.

3. Planting

A good rule of thumb is that if something has deep roots or is grown for its fruit, it needs full sun. Still, with three to six hours of sun a day, you’re able to grow a variety of vegetables including arugula, radishes, and kale. If you do have limited space and limited sun, an option such as a window box may be a good one. For planting, all you’ll need are the seeds, soil, the box or container, and fertilizer, depending on your soil. After settling the potting soil in the window box — approximately ¼ inch below the rim of the window box — decide how many rows of vegetables you want to plant. Use your fingers to make shallow holes for each row and follow the spacing recommendations on the seed packets. After sowing the seeds, cover them with the recommended levels of soil.

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