5 Secrets To An Amazing Terrace Garden
Homes these days rarely come with the luxury of sprawling open gardens in the frontyard. But for those who have a green thumb and love to grow pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, having a terrace garden is a great idea. What's more? You could also enjoy your morning tea or a candle-light dinner here.
MakaanIQ lists five secrets that will help you create a terrace garden of your dreams.
Get the right space
If your home is a quality construction, anything can be grown on the terrace. The entire surface of the terrace can be covered with soil to make a lawn. While covering the roof surface with soil, make sure that you waterproof the roof surface to avert any leakage into your home. However, if you are opting for a normal terrace garden with planters, pots etc, no additional efforts are required.
Waterproof the roof
Before you begin with gardening on your terrace -- and if you plan to coat the terrace with soil -- ensure that the roof is totally waterproof and free of any leakage. You may opt for certain coverage techniques or seek the help of chemical waterproofing solutions. But, do it carefully to avoid water seepage into the walls or roof causing dampness or any other damage.
Ensure a proper drainage system
The roof should ideally be inclined towards the drainage pipes for setting up a terrace garden. Place the flower beds in a way that the soil remains intact and water can permeate through it. This will ensure an effective drainage.
Soil is an important factor when planning a terrace garden. It decides the quality and growth of the plant. A perfect blend of vermin compost and sand in the regular soil, in equal quantities, is very fertile -- just the right type of soil. Adding compost to the soil every week ensures that the soil has enough nutrition. Make sure that you add back the essential nutrients to the soil after a heavy rainfall, too, as water tends to wash them off.
Choose your plants
Surf online or refer a few books and pen down on ideas for layout and design of your terrace garden. You can also research about the types of manure that could boost productivity.
Normal plants grow extensively and damage the structure of the building over time. If possible, visit a nearby nursery and opt for fibre-root plants. Create a balanced mix of flowers, shrubs, and creepers in the garden. This serves the practical purpose, as well as adds to the beauty of your garden. Opting for planters, plastic pots or containers helps avert the problem of water leakage from plants.
Here are some of the plants/vegetables that you could grow on a terrace of an Indian home.
Tomato: One of the key reasons of growing tomatoes on a terrace garden is that these can be grown even in a small area or even hanging pots. These can be grown throughout the year, so no need to buy these from the market. However, when planting tomatoes, make sure you add some support for the plant to grow, say a mesh.
Pot Mum: To add bright colours to your terrace garden plant pot mums. These are available in colours such as white, yellow, pink and orange. These can be planted all year round and can beautify your garden.
Chillies: The tiny chillies can be potted on your terrace garden, providing you a fresh supply every day. These require warm weather to grow and India as we know has long summers. To make sure chillies grow well, water them adequately.
Potatoes: Another staple vegetable you can grow on your terrace garden are potatoes. Unlike chillies and tomatoes, potatoes need deep plastic pots to grow -- 10-12 inches deep. To grow them well, water them adequately and make sure their stem is well-covered with soil.
Jade Plant: These grow well in dry and warm conditions, which makes it apt for Indian homes. What makes them a must-have on your terrace garden is that these look like miniature trees giving a decorative look. From the succulent family, these plants don’t need a lot of water, just enough to keep the soil moist.
Weeping Fig: When planting a weeping fig, make sure you place it in shade. The plant is not only known for its shining leaves but also for its air-purifying properties. When placed outdoors, this plant grows quickly.
Capsicum: Grown in planter box, capsicum only needs limited water, enough to keep the soil moist. This sun and heat loving vegetable that grows quickly on a terrace garden, all you need is the right soil mix and well-spreaded seeds.
With inputs from Wedita Pandey