Supporting Urban Naturalization on Your Balcony

With as much as we try here at Ecomerge to provide our readers with great information, sometimes it can be helpful to take a deeper dive into a topic. As we explore the issue of urban naturalization, I wanted to provide some resources to those who live in an urban apartment without any yard space.

While you may not be the person in charge of planning urban landscape, you can set an example for urban agriculture. Whether for aesthetics or for food, you too can contribute and enjoy greenery that is beneficial to the urban environment.

You can reduce your impact of buying imported produce by buying or growing locally produced food. This book explains how to use small spaces to grow fresh produce.

The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces

If you live in the Midwest, Great Lakes region, Northeast, or southern Canada, this book can help you help the environment. It teaches you what native plants in your region can be used to complement the insects in the region. Insects are an important part of the ecosystem as they are pollinators.

Pollinators of Native Plants

A great combination of ideas for urban farming is provided in this book. This is a good book for many people because there are dozens of ideas from around the world. Detailed explanations are included as well as many pictures.

Edible Cities
I'm a visual person and so I found the following video on Youtube. It's a slideshow of various urban balcony growing set-ups. Hopefully it will inspire you to look into reading one of the suggested books. If you try your own urban farming, let us know how it goes by posting a comment below.