Asphalt Gardens

Asphalt gardens is a method of gardening in paved urban areas that has been increasing in popularity, especially in the state of Ohio.

Typically a vacant parking lot might be a suitable spot for such an garden over the asphalt, in raised beds.

Raised beds are a better idea than tearing up the blacktop in urban areas to reach the soil below, because the earth below could be contaminated.

With gardens on raised beds, the asphalt below becomes an ally in the gardening process, becoming a barrier against whatever urban soil dangers are below.

According to Andrew Watterson, the sustainability programs manager for Cleveland, Ohio, the potential benefits of gardens over asphalt include limiting the amount of storm water going into sewer systems.

Gardens on asphalt are also being planned as a method to reduce the "heat island effect" which is created when the sun pounds on the asphalt pavement.

As a gardening method, it is also a way to bring vegetables to a part of the community that might be underserved by grocery stores.

And last but not least, many think greening of the urban jungle will provide much needed visual stress relief.

A typical garden on raised beds over asphalt occupy fenced areas beside low traffic areas and might be further divided by elements such as cinder blocks.

Urban gardens are in fact a growing trend, with many cities planning to build green garden skyscrapers that produce vegetables and fruits in the city centers for the urban population.


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