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Challenges with Urban Gardening Can Be Solved
Management relations is key in maintaining a garden in a building that you do not own.
By Kathy Jentz
Downtown Silver Spring, like many similar urban areas, is a challenge to garden in especially for those in an apartment, townhome, or condo. But don’t despair and think a garden is out of reach! Instead, think creatively and explore the sunny outdoor spaces around your abode. Do you have access to a balcony, patio, or rooftop? With containers, favorite furnishings, and the right plants, you can turn your rooftop terrace, or balcony into a lovely green oasis.
Management relations is key in maintaining a garden in a building that you do not own. Many rental apartment complexes allow and encourage balcony gardens. Why not approach your landlord about starting a communal compost pile for the building, holding a balcony garden contest, or allowing a sunny part of the grounds to be converted to community garden plots?
If you are a renter and are stuck with an ugly view or parking lot, a garden can be a perfect way to screen out anything unattractive. Put a trellis in a pot and weave a vine around it, bring out a tall tropical plant, and hang planters to block out the undesirable scenery. Be sure to secure anything top-heavy to your railing or a wall as the wind up high can easily topple your greenery.