Terrace garden: 10 things you must know

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Where there is will there is a way! The importance of this age old saying can be understood very well in the modern scenario. In the era of ever expanding city and dwindling green cover, we are working had to save and retain green space amidst concrete jungle. Since there is hardly any ground space left, the only way to have some greenery is on the terrace or balcony of residential flats, office complex or commercial hubs. The beauty of this garden is in the fact that you can grow flowers, fruits or vegetables right on the terraces, balconies or roofs of the buildings. Have a look and get some tips to create your own terrace or roof garden in your building.

​1. Where to build the garden

Terrace garden can be created in any kind of building, commercial or residential, flat or slanting roof. You just need to have the roof or terrace there.

​2. Preparing the roof

Start with water-proofing the roof and making it water-resistant and leakage- free so that the building doesn’t suffer any damage. Water-proofing is a simple procedure and various water-proofing products are available in the market. Get the one that will fulfil your requirements.

3. And the gardening begins…

Small steps lead to big change. Begin with simple steps and then let your idea become bigger and bigger. Planters or pots are best for terrace garden. Get a pot from market or search your home to get any containers and recycle it. Cover the drainage hole at the bottom with stones so that there is space for the water to flow but no soil is discharged. Mix soil, compost, sand and vermin-compost in equal quantities and fill the pot. Wet the soil and sow the seed or sapling and watch it bloom.

​4. Bring in the variety

It’s your garden, show your creativity and bring in variation not only in plants but also in the containers used. Make it environment friendly and green in true sense by using recycled containers. Coconut shells, coke bottles, kitchen utensils, bamboo baskets, plastic boxes, broken buckets… just think before throwing it away.

​5. Selection of plants

Take the baby steps and start with something you are familiar with. If you want to grow vegetables then start with the ones that grow fast and doesn’t require much effort, like coriander, fenugreek, gram, chilli, capsicum, spinach, etc. Once you have gained confidence then you can grow anything, even the fruits and vegetables of your choice. Almost all vegetables can be grown on the terrace. Cover the terrace with bamboos if you think that sun is too bright in your terrace.

​6. Great expectation from the terrace garden

If you are ready to take a proper care of your terrace garden, the Mother Nature will return your favour in bounty. The humble 1 square meter of the terrace area can produce anywhere between 25-30 kg of vegetables in a year. You can also grow 6 different types of vegetables in a season. From terrace to table, enjoy the taste of the farm fresh produce.

​7. Time required to transform the terrace into a garden

It all depends on how much time you are ready to devote in your garden. It may take about a week to build the garden. You may start the harvest in a month.

​8. Maintenance of the garden

An hour in your garden is enough to keep it maintained once it is established. It is quite therapeutic working in the garden, tending the plants and benefitting from it. The freshness of your garden will fill you with fresh energy.

​9. Good thing comes at a cost

A terrace garden will cost you around 20,000 INR if you start it from scratch and it includes containers, seeds, soils, etc. It’s an investment. However, you may reduce the cost if you expand your garden in steps and use recycled containers as much as possible.

​10. Advantages of terrace garden

The greatest advantage of terrace garden is that you relax in the lap of nature whenever you want. Apart from health and environment it has an aesthetic benefit too. It can also make your home cooler by 6-8 degree. So a big saving in air conditioning cost. It also reduces the heat absorption by buildings and act as insulation from heat and cold. You can also get fresh clean air right at your home and enjoy the healthy and organically grown green and fresh vegetables grown on your terrace.

Have a look at these 10 essential before creating a vegetable garden in your home: 10 Essentials for starting a vegetable garden at home!

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