Not having an outside garden can make it a little more difficult to find the resources you need to grow food organically. But even if you do not have your own outside space, it is still possible to get your hands on the materials you will need to garden sustainably. You will find natural resources all around you – even when you live in the middle of a city. Here are a few tips to help you collect biomass for indoors gardens in an urban environment:
Collecting Grass Clippings For Composting or Mulch
Grass is often a common feature in cities – on verges, in parks or on public land. Often, the glass is cut on a regular basis and the grass clippings are simply thrown away. A lot of the time, it is possible for home growers to get their hands on these clippings, which are a valuable resource in organic gardening. Grass is high in nitrogen and is excellent for speeding up the process of composting kitchen waste when added in small quantities. It can also be a good mulch to place in containers or growing areas around leafy plants. You may be able to ask neighbours, or municipal workers, whether you can have some grass clippings – just make sure that the grass in question has not been sprayed with any harmful herbicides or pesticides and is free of contaminants.
Collecting Leaves For Composting or Mulch
Leaves are another resource that can be found in cities as well as in more rural areas. When leaves fall in autumn, these are often just left lying around on roads and pavements. Sometimes, the authorities will sweep them up and throw them away. With the permission of the authorities or landowners, it is often possible to source as many leaves as you need for use in your home growing efforts. Leaves are also excellent for adding to your home compost, or for creating a mulch around growing plants.