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Creating a garden in an urban setting might seem tricky, but actually it can be quite easy. Recently, I was asked about some ideas for a very small urban garden, so I put together 4 simple steps that could help anyone interested in planning a garden in the city.

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Step 1: Figure Out Your Needs

Decide what you would enjoy most in your small urban space. Would you want an area to lounge around in, or would you rather it be more for entertaining? Would you like a sit down eating area? Do you need a place for a grill or maybe a water feature? Some of you may be able to include a couple of different areas, but for those with limited space, you may have to narrow it down to your 2 most important needs.

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Step 2: Figure out the Arrangement

Once you figure out your needs for your urban garden, the next thing to consider is your layout.  At this point, you should have some idea as to what furniture/items you will be using in your garden space. Begin with an overhead sketch of your space and arrange your areas including any furniture/items you are wanting to purchase. By planning ahead and figuring out your arrangement, you might end up eliminating something that isn’t absolutely necessary, as well as avoid returning any items.

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Step 3: Choose plants that fit your Lifestyle and Environment

If you have a busy lifestyle choose several large amazing plants/containers that make a statement and that are low maintenance — like proven shrubs, succulents and cacti.
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Step 4: Set up your areas

This is usually everyone’s favorite part, seeing it all come together!

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The picture above, of a very small courtyard, is a great example of using a small space wisely. The fig ivy on the wall for a bit of green, candles for ambiance, a love seat and chair for a conversational area, and a small table to place a book or beverage on. Perfect!

Other quick tips are:

lattice to help with any privacy issues,

fountains to drown out city noise,

& a mirror to make your space feel a lot bigger!

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If you would like more urban garden ideas, check out my board,”the urban garden”, on Pinterest!

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