An urban edible space by definition is a place for growing food! We believe that growing food, rather than other ornamental plants, can generate much more conversations on health and wellbeing, connection with nature, sustainability and more. In this section, we will give you some tips to decide what to grow and how to grow at your urban edible space. You can decide what to grow according to the time, the space and resources you have and the community you serve.
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What to grow...
Many herbs species are relatively easy to grow and maintain, can be grown with smaller soil volume, and are less susceptible to pest problems. There are mainly three varieties of herbs according to their origin, the Mediterranean herbs (e.g. rosemary and thyme) which prefer well-draining soil and dislike high humidity, tropical herbs (e.g. basil) which thrive in warm weather, and Asian herbs (e.g. perilla) that adapts well to local climate. For mobile viewing, please click here to see the following table.
There are mainly three categories of edible plants that you can grow at your edible garden or farm: vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. While each variety of crop has different requirements and benefits, in general, herbs are relatively easiest to start with, whereas vegetables are more advanced. As for fruit trees, due to the high requirements on soil volume and growing time, it is less suitable for urban edible spaces. Here is an overview of what herbs and vegetables you can grow at your space and their respective requirements.