We are living in a concrete age where we are hardly in touch with nature. We like ourselves surrounded by buildings, shopping malls, offices, etc. but hardly take time out to spend time in natural surroundings. If you can’t go outside, then the best option is to get nature inside in different forms. You could get back in touch with nature by having your own terrace garden. Well, it would fulfill two purposes- You can experience the therapeutic effect of nature on your terrace & you can grow your vegetables.
Having a small garden with organic vegetables can be beneficial. Vegetables from your garden are higher in nutrients than the ones you get from the store. You can eat clean vegetables and imagine the amount of money you could save. Here are terrace vegetable garden ideas which are easy to implement.
How To Grow a Kitchen Garden On Terrace?
Perplexed about how to start? I had mixed feelings as well. Initially, I had a lot of questions like- will I be able to take care of them? What kind of soil do I use? What vegetables to grow? How to place them? It sounded very overwhelming but when I started, it was a piece of cake. Currently, I have 6 vegetables growing happily in my terrace garden with a few other plants, and beautiful décor.
So this is how you get started with your terrace vegetable garden:
Gather all the material you will need:
So, collect everything you think you may need like pots, vegetable seeds, right kind of soil for all the vegetables you have decided to start with, natural manure, gardening tools, and cow dung if you have decided to keep it organic.
Plan A Layout For Your Terrace Vegetable Garden
Start by planning a layout on a piece of paper to decide how would you place your pots. This needs to be done very carefully, keeping the drainage system mind. Terrace gardens usually have space constraints and if they do not have a proper drainage system, the growth of vegetables might be affected. You also need to check of shaded and sunny areas and design the layout accordingly.
Preparing The Soil
Do not use normal garden soil for the vegetables. Instead, use a good quality potting mix which is properly nourished. Prefer organic mixture of soil instead of chemically treated soil as chemically treated soil kills beneficial bacteria and reduces the nourishment of the vegetable.
Choose The Planting Containers
You could use almost anything as a planter from wooden crates to plastic bottles. But, you could explore options like metal planters, recycled plastic planters, fiber planters or even grow bags.
Choosing The Vegetables
Since it is your first time, you can start with just one or two vegetable. Make sure to pick good quality vegetable seeds, so the vegetables are grown healthy and happy. Best Vegetables for your terrace garden would be- Tomato, carrots, onions, potato, radish, beetroot, capsicum, & chilies.
Start Planting Your Vegetables In Pots
Get ready to get dirty, and simply start planting the vegetable seeds in the pot with the right kind of soil. It is the best part of making your terrace vegetable garden. Your terrace garden will help you reconnect with nature and release your stress. It is a clinically proven way of anxiety management.
Don’t Let Your Plants Remain Thirsty
Take care of your veggies just like you take care of a child. Watering them is the key factor, so make sure you water them regularly as and when required. Make sure you don’t overwater your plants as that causes damage and decay the plant roots. Also, make sure to manure your plant before a heavy rainfall.
Plant Hygiene- Pesticides
No matter what you do, pests are going to find a way out to your beautiful terrace garden. You can use pesticides to keep them away, but make sure to use natural pesticides. It is easy to prepare pesticide at home and you can try that also. You need to make a mixture of baking soda, cooking oil, and water for this purpose and then you need to spray it on the plants to avoid fungal infections. Also, use other pesticides like Neem oil for aphids nightmare.
Protect Your Plants From UV Rays & Birds
Pests are not the only threat to your plant. Once it starts bearing vegetables, birds and UV rays could harm them. You could cover your plants with a wire mesh or green garden net to protect your plants.
Decorate Your Terrace Garden
It’s time to accessories your garden. You could use pebbles, decorative pots, install small railings. You could also place small statues, lanterns, & colorful pictures which complement the décor. For a more soothing effect, install fairy lights or bokeh effect lights.
Oh, and make sure to keep chairs and a small table in your garden, so you could sit and relax while enjoying the beautiful view of your hard work. It would be your perfect tea time spot!