Even though the modern lifestyle hardly leaves us with any time, we all love to have soothing hobbies for those rare times. For some it’s reading and for others it’s gardening. Unlike some other hobbies, gardening requires a lot of time, effort and a lot of empty space. While most of us would love to have a huge garden filled with greenery, not all of us can. One of the drawbacks of living in metropolitan cities is that you can’t ever have enough space, especially for your dream garden. This is where terrace farming comes in handy. Whether it’s plants, herbs or vegetables, you can literally grow anything on your terrace itself. Here are some terrace gardening tips that will be useful for people living in small urban spaces. You can even try these home terrace farming techniques in your balconies!
1. Construct Shade
The terrace mostly receives a good amount of sunlight. However, depending on the plants that you want to grow, you will need to monitor the sunlight. On an average, your terrace should get at least 4 hours of direct sunlight. If you receive more than 6 hours of direct sunlight, make sure you arrange for some shade. Too much sun isn’t good for the plants either.
2. Selecting suitable pots and planters
They make your garden bigger: Growing plants in containers is a great way to expand your garden space. Pots can go anywhere: on pavement, a window sill, a deck, up a flight of steps. Allows you to control the soil your plants grow in. Your garden soil may not be the greatest but when you plant in a pot, you control the soil and can provide excellent growing conditions that the soil in your garden may not have.
3. Add Home Decor Elements
Gardening is sort of an extension of home decor. It adds to the beauty of the home and terrace too. This is why our next home gardening tip is to add aesthetic lighting and some garden furniture. If you are thinking about growing a beautiful terrace garden, you should be able to spend time there. Trust us, it will become the most popular spot of your home for hosting or otherwise.
4. Don’t Keep Plants Too Close
This terrace gardening tip stands true for most types of farming and gardening. You don’t want to plant the seeds too close. They will compete for sunlight, water and other nutrients and thus, might not mature at an even rate. Also, for home terrace farming, you should opt for creepers since they are huge in volume and grow fast without much effort.
5. Choose Air Purifying Plants
This terrace gardening tip is a very useful one for people living in urban spaces. The air is filled with pollutants that affect our health in ways we don’t even know. While you’re at it, why not plant some air purifying plants. Generally, these plants are great for indoors but if you keep them away from harsh, direct sunlight, they will prosper even on your terrace. Most of them also release oxygen at night, which is an added bonus!
6. Let Sunshine be Your Guide
Each plant thrives in different amounts of sunlight. While some prefer shade, others grow well in prolonged exposure to bright sunlight. In a terrace garden, you have to make sure your plants get both, especially shade. One tip to keep rotating the plant frequently so that all the branches will have buds growing on them.
7. Prune The Infections Away
Prune (trim) the flowering plants regularly with a rust-free scissor/cutter to ensure bushy growth with lots of flowers. Also, cover the pruned tip of the stem with some soil to protect it from infections. Add some compost to the soil immediately after pruning to boost the growth of the plant.
8. Strength in Unity
Plants must be grouped together, instead of isolating them from one another. In a terrace garden, it is easier how you want to group your plants as we use pots and planters. It is important to strategically cluster houseplants together, just as they do naturally in the wild, according to their growth requirements.
9. Unity in Diversity
A healthy garden must have a variety of plants. Biodiversity attracts essential pollinators. “For example, plant a few flowering plants in your vegetable garden to attract pollinators (insects that move pollen from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma of a flower).”
10. Patience is The Key
Gardening needs patience. Do not rush your gardening activities. Patience is a virtue in many aspects of life, but particularly so in gardening. Plants take their own sweet time to bloom, to produce fruit, to become mature. So gardeners must be patient.
Patience is a virtue in many aspects of life, but particularly so in gardening. Plants take their own sweet time to bloom, to produce fruit, to become mature. So gardeners must be patient.