The Basics of Getting Your Urban Garden Started :: Guest Post by Mike Lieberman

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Today, I am thrilled to welcome THE Urban Organic Gardener, Mike Lieberman, to my blog. Mike was one of the first people I met when I started out on my blogging journey and I have enjoyed getting to know him over the years. I love his website and have learned a lot of things to help me with my little urban organic garden. I have a pretty limited space, not to mention that my backyard is on the North side of the house and our town home building blocks pretty much all of the sunlight into the backyard, except on those select high summer days. Mike’s insight has helped me achieve better results with the limited resources I have. Please join me in welcoming Mike as he shows us the basics of getting an urban garden started.

The Basics of Getting Your Urban Garden Started
by Mike Lieberman

Want to start an urban garden, but don’t think you have the space? The lack of space, money, and experience are the three biggest reasons why people don’t even get started. Don’t worry. I assure you that you don’t need any of those in order to successfully start your own garden.

Why not? Because I didn’t have any of those things when I created my fire escape garden in NYC back in 2009.

What you are going to read today are insights from my own personal experiences and things that have been used, with success, by those that I’ve shared these tips with. If you’ve read other gardening sites and publications and were confused by the language and terminology, don’t worry. None of that lingo is used. You will be given simple to read and follow instructions. I’m about giving practical advice. Not showing off my vocabulary.

Articles to Get You Urban Organic Garden Started

7 Location Ideas for Apartment and Urban Gardens – You have more space than you might realize. Here are 7 locations that are obvious and not-so obvious.

How to Determine the Amount of Sunlight Your Garden Gets – One of the most important steps to success is figuring out how much sunlight you get. Why? Because if you only get 3 hours, it’s going to be tough to grow some tomatoes. You are going to want to grow what suits your space the best. This post will help you to easily determine how much sun you get.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding What to Grow – Once you know how much sunlight you get, you are going to need to figure out what you can grow. Just because you can grow artichokes doesn’t mean you have to. This article will ask you some questions that will help guide your decision.

3 Sources to Buy Your Vegetable Seeds – You know the where and the what, now, you’ll have to buy the seeds to get started. There are a lot of seed companies out there. Here is a list of 3 of them that you can definitely trust. They care about the environment and your health as much as you do (or pretty damned close to it).

These are just a few of the resources that I think will benefit anyone who is wanting to start growing their food in a limited space. Plus, there is lots more to come, so be sure to connect with me on TwitterFacebookGoogle+, or at Urban Organic Gardener to keep updated.


Mike Lieberman - the Urban Organic GardenerMike Lieberman is the publisher of where he shows people with little to no land how to start growing their own food so they can avoid toxic pesticides, eat healthier, and not feel limited by their lack of experience and space.

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  1. What a great post! Awesome suggestions and LOVE the vegetable seeds sources. Thanks for the motivation. We just moved into a new home and I’ve been dying to get out and garden, still trying to find the sunny areas.

    Be Well,


    Posted 04/14/13

    • Have fun and thanks for stopping by! 🙂


      Posted 04/15/13

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