Let’s face it. When it comes to living in a city like Mumbai, the one thing all of us miss is the great outdoors. Finding verdant green spaces is a bit of a challenge as most of us live in apartments, which are often part of bigger complexes. There isn’t any rule however that states that you cannot bring a touch of the outdoors to where you live. This post is all about gardening in the limited space that our homes afford us, in the form of balconies and terraces.
- Terrace Gardening: If you do have a private terrace, the sky is the literal limit to what you can do with it. But that being said, the right way to gardening on your terrace would be to demarcate areas, for different types of plants. Things you will have to figure out include the types of plants you want to plant, the climate and shade. Secondly, watering is a prerequisite to any successful garden. Most old buildings in Mumbai, however, face issues with seepage and water damage issues, and therefore, terrace gardening may not always appeal to the general population of these buildings. You will also want to speak to a structural engineer regarding these issues and figure out a way to tackle them.
- Plants: It is advisable that you choose plants that do not need too much water, are robust enough to withstand Mumbai’s often extreme temperatures, are local to the area in order to be eco-friendly and, of course, are easy to maintain. After all, you won’t always have the time to spend watering, weeding, and pruning.
- The vibe: Terrace gardens can be a really cool element of decor. In flats, where green spaces are not a rarity, but rather the exception, a terrace garden can be an excellent break from the norm and not to mention a verdant oasis in the urban sprawl of Mumbai.
- Materials to use: Always use recycled materials including old tins, water bottles, milk bottles, paper and other materials that can be composted to provide organic fertilizer for the plants you will sow.
- Professional help: It wouldn’t be a bad idea to hire a consultant or a professional landscaper to help with planning the look and feel of the terrace garden. DIY is always appreciated, but when it comes to something as complex as this, a pro would definitely add value to the entire process.
- Enlist your family’s aid: A terrace garden as a project isn’t a one person show, for sure! It also is a great opportunity for you to bond as a family. Enlist your kids’ help in laying out the garden, planting and tending to the saplings and, of course, watering the plants. This will not only make them eco-conscious but also instill a sense of responsibility in them.
A terrace garden is more than just a thing of beauty. It is an opportunity to give back to nature and also bond as a family. We hope these tips will help you in your gardening project.
Secrets for Creating an Amazing Terrace Gardening
- Getting the right space
If a house is built in the right way, anything can be grown on the terrace. You can also cover the entire surface with soil to make a lawn. In case you are covering the entire surface, make sure the roof is waterproof to avoid leakage into the home.
- To get the right soil which is rich in nutrient
Since the nutrient decides the growth of the plant the right type of soil is very much important. After the heavy rains, you should add essential nutrients back to the soil as water tends to wash them away. The right mix of soil includes regular soil, sand, vermicompost.
- First-time gardener?
If it is your first time of gardening, you may start with a small pot and then gradually expand. You have to be patient since it will take a couple of months to start giving results so you should not give up.
How to make a terrace garden
- Creating a garden in pots
In containers, you can plant anything. Choose large and deep pots, avoid poor quality pots because they heat quickly and drain poorly.
- Create a raised beds
If you are looking for a stylish way to make a terrace garden, so make a raised beds on the terrace. Plants will require less care and maintenance also they are cheap.
- Integrate patch on terrace
You can also integrate patch on your terrace and grow whatever you want on the surface itself. But it requires large rooftops.
- Creating a terrace garden in planter boxes
Flower boxes and planters can be used for terrace gardening. You can hang these as well as set them just on the floor.