Guide to Urban Homesteading

Learn about urban homesteading skills, such as small-scale composting, urban beekeeping, and how to set up a rainwater catchment system.



City Seeds Urban Farm St. Louis Garden
A 2 1/2-acre vegetable garden, native plant nursery, and dwarf fruit tree orchard comprise City Seeds Urban Farm near downtown St. Louis.
Photo by Jason Houston
Dwarf Fruit Trees For Container Garden
Dwarf fruit tree varieties are preferred for container gardens. Although dwarf fruit trees are only a fraction of the size of conventional trees, they produce the same size fruit.
Photo by maXx Images/mcPhoto
Vertical Gardening In Vegetable Planters
Vertical gardening is a food-growing strategy for small spaces. These DIY vertical planters grow a prodigious amount of herbs, greens, and vining crops.
Photo by K. Ruby Blume
Abandoned Lot Converted To City Garden
A city food-growing strategy can include planting crops in sunny abandoned lots. People’s Grocery has transformed this Oakland, Calif., lot into a community garden in an effort to bring healthy, local food to West Oakland.
Photo by Jason Houston
Mushrooms Grow From Compost
Edible mushrooms thrive in shady spaces, and can even be cultivated to grow from a compost pile.
Photo by K. Ruby Blume
Meat Rabbits Cluster For Feeding
One rabbit doe’s offspring can produce 300 pounds of meat in a year.
Photo by iStockPhoto/grafvision
Backyard Chicken Coop In The City
Find materials to build an inexpensive coop at demolition sites and reuse stores.
Photo by maxX Images/Environmental Images
Greywater Filters Through Aquatic Plants
Aquatic plants filter greywater in a repurposed bathtub.
Photo by K. Ruby Blume
Water Storage Tanks Collect Rainwater
Water tanks harvest rainwater on a useful scale.
Photo by K. Ruby Blume
Vancouver Urban Farm Potluck
Urban homesteading is about sharing time and skills with your neighbors.
Photo courtesy Vancouver Urban Farm Society











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