It is not an easy thing to plant vegetables in cities as there is a big difference between rural and urban environment. Rural farming has special requirements in many aspects including soil, temperature and fertilizer, which cannot be easily found in urban areas.
But in recent years, many Chinese agricultural organizations have been providing solutions to support urban farming. Subsequently, agricultural experts at Daxing Agro-technical Promotion Center in Beijing undertook a series of experiments to help develop techniques to support the growing urban farming trend.
“Our center made great achievements in promoting pot-grown vegetables,” said Ha Xuejiao, a technician at the center. “We developed special fertile soil with a balanced proportion of organic fertilizer. This is convenient for those who know little about fertilization. Besides, the soil is insect proof, which is an advantage for urban use,” she said. In addition, the center also provides technological guidance to urban farmers.
From 2009, Beijing Municipal Agro-technical Promotion Center carried out a number of technical research programs to promote planting at home. It produced different planting containers for this purpose, such as wall-mounted pots, vertical column type shelves and multilayer shelving which is practical for urban apartments. In addition, the center also developed fastgrowing vegetable seeds with long-term harvest. They simplify the planting procedures and make it easier for urban farmers to enjoy their planting experience.