No Yard Required Urban Gardening Solutions

Living in high density areas can often limit one’s urban gardening options. With more individuals opting for smaller living spaces, like micro-apartments it can seem virtually impossible to cultivate the same type of garden that would be possible in a suburban home. But thanks to some new urban gardening innovations, growing food and other vegetation is achievable in many different spaces with no yard required.

No Yard Required Urban Gardening Spaces

Some examples of spaces where urban gardening is possible without a traditional yard include:

  • Office buildings
  • Condos, apartments, and micro-apartments
  • Restaurants, cafes and bakeries
  • Classrooms


Urban Gardening For The Office

Eight hour workdays in office environments can drastically affect our health if we aren’t taking proper precautions. There are ways to mitigate health and wellbeing concerns and improve the office space so that it delivers positive effects. One way to improve the office environment is to incorporate urban gardening solutions into the organizational culture. A great example of this is by including edible walls or vertical gardens in lunchrooms. These types of urban gardens take up little space and add aesthetic appeal to the surroundings. Urban gardens also improve air quality, while the aroma of fresh herbs like basil can fill the office and set the tone for a more enjoyable environment. Not to mention, employees can enjoy fresh fresh food options with their lunch.

Some places where urban gardening options can be created in an office building include:

  • Bathrooms
  • Lunchrooms
  • Lobby and entrance areas
  • Boardrooms and meeting rooms
  • Common areas
  • Individual cubicles or offices
  • Outdoor areas

Living Furniture by GreenTowers.

Solutions For No Yard Required Urban Gardening

There are many self-contained, automated, or low-maintenance urban gardening solutions available that are designed specifically for small-spaces. Here are eight urban gardening solutions to try:

  1. Vertical gardens
  2. Indoor hydroponics
  3. Indoor living or edible walls
  4. Exterior living walls for the deck
  5. Living furniture
  6. Rooftop gardens
  7. Window boxes
  8. Balcony gardens

Indoor living walls for restaurants. Image via Milimet Designs.

Urban Gardening Maintenance Considerations

To ensure these no yard required urban gardening solutions are sustainable and will thrive in indoor or outdoor settings, there are a few factors to consider in the planning:

  • Light – how much daily sunlight will the space receive?
  • Water requirements – how frequently will the selected plants need watering?
  • Growth pattern – how large will the selected plants become at maturity?
  • Space size – how much space is being given up for the garden?

Full Service Urban Gardening Planning

There are consultants and full-service garden centers which provide professional support in designing, planning, and maintaining the gardens. This is a great option especially for office and condo buildings which can have multiple types of urban gardening solutions being implemented at once. By hiring urban gardening professionals, it ensures that the project is sustainable and will reward the living and working environments with the many benefits that urban gardening has to offer.

About The Author

PowerHouse Growers
PowerHouse Growers teaches you how to sustainably integrate urban agriculture into your cities, businesses, and homes. We provide clear solutions and benefits for better health, increased productivity, and lower environmental impact. By connecting you with experts, we bring awareness to solutions that may not be top of mind.