How can we measure sun and plant a garden in our urban patio?
March 31, 2012 11:04 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio?
posted by two lights above the sea to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Our concrete back patio is about 8'x16'. It's closed in on three sides by two- and three-story houses. Fortunately, I think, the one side that is open is the south-facing side, but UNfortunately, there is a 6' high fence and a dead tree. How can we best determine whether we get enough sun for a garden, vegetable or flower? We can't put anything expensive out to measure for fear that it might get stolen, but we're open to all ideas.
We'd like to have room for seating, so a huge set up wouldn't be right for us. We're considering a pallet garden or two, like so
. Could we put herbs in there instead of flowers? What about tomatoes or cucumbers, what are the best planters for them?
Any and all advice about urban gardening (on concrete, no soil!) is welcome. Thanks in advance.