It was said many times, that growing your own food is like printing your own money.Take control of your food supply, grow food that’s pure, help the environment and save some money!
Organic vegetable gardening is becoming more popular with each passing year, as home gardeners strive to grow gardens that are bountiful, healthy, and ecologically friendly.
vegetables from your own garden are higher in nutrients than the ones that you buy outside.Fresh home grown vegetables taste delicious, are good for health and safe from chemicals. You don’t need to acquire a regular garden to grow them, you can also grow these on a balcony or terrace.
Unfortunately,not everybody who is eager to grow plants on their own is blessed with a spacious and fruitful garden. Many people give up on the gardening idea, just because they think they cannot have a garden in their small homes specially in urban areas. Please, do not make this mistake. Even if you live in a little urban home or apartment, there is always a way for you to have a lovely garden to grow your own delicious, fresh produce while having fun and learning at the same time about organic gardening!
Don’t know where to start?
It is possible to hire someone to install and maintain a beautiful organic garden for you, but most of us can roll up our sleeves with a surprisingly low amount of effort. Remember, you can start small, even with just a single plant or two. Don’t worry if things aren’t perfect right away.Dream big, but start small and expand as you gain experience.
You can use different style to grow your vegetable garden according to the space available.If you’re looking for practical as well as stylish way to make a terrace vegetable garden. Make a raised bed, in raised beds you’ll be able to grow lot of vegetables in compare to containers. Plants will thrive better with less care and maintenance, plus they are cheap.
The raised bed on the terrace does not differ fundamentally from those you see in a regular garden.
You’ll only need to configure which one is better for you or you can make your own raised bed, which is very easy. Just ensure before installing it that the surface of terrace below it is waterproofed efficiently or not.Probably the greatest advantage of raised bed is of course its height and wideness on terrace.Gardening can hardly be more convenient.
Flower boxes and planters – can be used to create a vegetable garden. You can hang these on an existing railing or set them just on the floor. How do you use them is entirely up to you.
Optimize Vertical Space terrace vegetable garden-Your main challenge is how smartly you utilize your vertical space to double up the space you have on your terrace, make a plan on how you should do this,if you have walls, hang planters on it.
Grow vegetable shrubs and vines like beans, squashes, gourds and tall tomato varieties near the walls and railings. This way they’ll not only get support but also grow outside and upward and you’ll save a lot of your space.Use old shelves, racks to keep pots and buy pot holders, put them around the corners.
On these you can grow herbs to improve the taste of salads and cuisines you’ll prepare, you can also grow lot of flowers to appease ornamental views.
Pots terrace vegetable garden in containers you can plant almost any vegetable. Choose large and deep pots, avoid thin and poor quality plastic pots because they heat up quickly and drain poorly.
At the outset you don’t need to invest in fancy earthen pot .You can even make use of plastic bottles,buckets and bathtub to grow vegetable.choose a size and fill it with soil and home compost to grow cabbages ,onions tomatoes ,brinjal ,beans ,radish ,cauliflowers ,capsicum,chilli,and many more.
Some of the many Benefits Of your organic vegetable garden.
#Gardening increases physical activity. It is a great way to engage the whole family in physical activity and let them help to take responsibility for the garden.#The fruits and vegetables grown in your garden will promote health because they are rich in nutrients,especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate.#Gardening gives you’re a real sense of appreciation when you can see the bounty of your efforts. #Growing a garden gives you a new appreciation for nature, when you can have the opportunity to see how things grow. #you save money,your body gets to eat healthy,you save environment,you become more happy.
Whether the vegetables growing in raised beds or in a pot, a certain care is needed. By your experience you’ll find out how, why and what you should do to grow them successfully.
Avoid planting your vegetables too close together. Good air flow between the plants can help prevent many types of fungal diseases.Many diseases spread rapidly in dead, fallen foliage. Regularly—once a week or more if you have time—walk through your garden and pick up shed foliage. In addition, you can sometimes prevent a disease from spreading through an entire plant just by picking off an infected leaf.Fertilize vegetables regularly with good quality organic fertilizer. With some research and experience you’ll be able to find out which type of fertilizer you should feed.
Water plants regularly and check for Weeds because weeds not only compete with your plants for water and nutrients, but they may also attract insect pests. And many insects spread disease as they feed from one plant to the next. The most organic (and easiest) way to control weeds in your garden is to pull them out by hand.
Making Good Compost
All gardens benefit from compost and you can make your own on site.Compost feeds plants, helps conserve water, cuts down on weeds, and keeps food and yard waste out of landfills by turning garbage into “black gold.” Spread compost around plants or mix with potting soil — it’s hard to use too much!
The best compost forms from the right ratio of nitrogen- and carbon-rich organic waste, mixed with soil,water, and air. It might sound like complicated chemistry, but don’t worry too much if you don’t have time to make perfect compost. Even a minimally tended pile will still yield decent results.Produce peels and waste can create a lot of green waste and takes up a lot of space in the garbage can. Recycle them to make your own compost. It is less expensive than buying fertilizers.
1. To get started, measure out a space at least three feet square. Your compost heap can be a simple pile or contained within a custom pen or bin (some can be rotated, to improve results).
2. Add alternating layers of carbon (or brown) material — leaves and garden trimmings — and nitrogen (or green) material — such as kitchen scraps and manure, with a thin layer of soil in between.
3. Top off the pile with four to six inches of soil. Turn the pile as new layers are added and water to keep (barely) moist, in order to foster microbe action. You should get good compost in as little as two months or longer if it’s cold.
4. A properly maintained compost pile shouldn’t smell. If it does, add more dry carbon material (leaves, straw, or sawdust) and turn it more frequently.
Peoples who are doing this:
Kiran C Pattar. A believer in unconventional education, he has been practicing terrace gardening for the past seven years. Kiran has a garden of about 400 square feet on his terrace, where he grows 25 varieties of fruits. He uses empty paint buckets and large containers to grow fruits and vegetables. He has also constructed beds for the plants using bricks, all by himself.He grows flowers and medicinal plants like mint, lemon grass, citronella and many other local varieties. In addition, he grows spices like curry leaves, allspice, pepper, cardamom, bay leaf, galangal and turmeric.
Dr. Vishwanath Kadur from Bengaluru. He is not only the founder of the wildly popular Organic Terrace Gardening group on Facebook but also the founder of ‘Oota from your Thota’, Bengaluru’s urban organic growers’ congregation.
When he observed the open, unused spaces on rooftops in Bengaluru, he realized that they could be easily converted into green roofs. This would not only make the house a little cooler, it would also provide fresh, unadulterated fruits and vegetables to the residents. And the idea of terrace gardening was born.
He pioneered terrace gardening and regularly organizes training programme for housewives in Bangalore. Dr. Viswanath has several professional affiliations to his credit including ex-member, Board of Regents UAS, Bangalore. He has published nearly 40 scientific papers in national and international journals. He is also an authority in bio-fertilizers and promoted Kadur Agro for commercial production of the same. Currently, he is a freelance consultant in organic farming, terrace gardening, landscaping andbio fertilizers.
For several years Preeti Patil, a catering officer with the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), saw the waste being generated from her canteen simply being trucked away, wondering how it could have been put to better use.
In 2000, the MbPT let her use the terrace above the kitchen at Victoria Dock to start a terrace garden. In the years that followed, the garden flourished, housing over a 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables.
In 2009, encouraged by the success of this garden, Ms Patil decided to share the knowledge and experience of terrace farming with a wider audience, and she formed Urban Leaves, a volunteer city farming group.
They currently manage two other terrace farms — one on the Don Bosco School campus in Matunga, and one on the Bhavan’s campus in Andheri – and are part of a growing community that create new green spaces in Mumbai despite the city’s space crunch.
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