Enjoy fresh, tasty and organic vegetables grown in your own balcony or terrace garden...
A wonderful vegetable garden on your kitchen balcony or terrace not only provides your family with fresh vegetables and herbs but also offers sheer fulfillment. At the end of the day what can be more satisfying than sitting amidst the veggies and herbs which look as fabulous as they taste.
A terrace or kitchen garden is your own contribution to ecology movement. While space is not a constraint on terraces, even 6 sq ft of area is sufficient to set up a kitchen or balcony garden.
Setting up a kitchen garden need not be a tiresome affair, because there are professionally managed organizations which study the space available, offer the ideal gardening solution and thereafter set up the garden. The other alternative is to attend workshops to gain knowledge on vegetables, soil, nutrients, manure, drainage and then implement the garden on your own.
How do you go about in setting up your own kitchen garden?
First of all, you need to decide on pots or planters. Pots should be of flat bottom with holes for drainage. Alternately, planters can be used which are flat bed boxes about 6 inches in height and hold soil. Planters have wooden frame and soil is held by plastic sheet. Planters can be placed on a metal frame if height is to be increased. If space is smaller, buy 3 or 4 pots in which saplings have already been planted.
Soil ideally should be loamy, sandy and nutrient-rich that drains soon. Reputed nurseries supply seeds, soil and other requisites. The best organic manure is compost made from household waste. Neem being a natural pesticide, mix 4-5 drops of neem oil in a litre of water and spray the solution on the plants once a week. Remove weeds regularly.
If the vegetable garden space receives maximum daylight, then make sure that plants are sheltered from the excess sun during the day and are watered regularly. Also extent of sunlight on the balcony determines the type of vegetables to be grown.
While mint, coriander and spinach grow well in shade, tomatoes and capsicums require lot of sunlight. Drip irrigation techniques can be employed on a larger terrace garden. Herbs are easy to grow and only require watering, whereas vegetables and tomatoes need dedicated effort.
Resources listed below serve the respective cities only and include both businesses and non-profits. The former set up the garden for you and/or supply the garden requisites, whereas the latter provide guidance and conduct workshops.
Grow these plants in your balcony & remain mosquito-free...
The scent of lavender, basil or marigold flower repel mosquitoes. By growing these plants in your kitchen or balcony garden, you can get rid of mosquitoes in your home, the natural way!