Organic terrace farming is a means of relief, especially for people residing in cramped multi-storeyed apartments. With the increasing awareness on the use of pesticides and unhygienic methods of cultivation, creation of a vegetable garden in the unused spaces of homes has become the need of the hour.
Setting up and maintenance:
It is very easy to implement a terrace farm once the site or space is selected. Based on the space available, the layout could be designed with the help of vertical holders, troughs, pots, grow bags and metal frames. The needs of the person with regard to the types of vegetables and greens that they wish to cultivate are quintessential in deciding the garden tools and accessories.
Once the layout and the materials are determined, healthy seeds and saplings are to be bought from a well-maintained nursery. The soil in which the vegetation is to occur is also equally important. The potting mix should essentially contain cocopeat (35%-40%), vermicompost, red soil, bio-enzyme, lime powder and neem powder. These enrich the soil and provide the necessary nutrients that lead to a healthier growth. The plants must also be pruned and fertilizers must be added from time to time. The maintenance doesn’t require more money and time. Timely care is enough for them to self-sustain.
The fruits and vegetables that grow in such an environment have a rich source of vitamins and nutrients when it’s watered and taken care of regularly. Just basic knowledge concerning the water cycle and the amount of sunlight that’s needed for each plant is enough to generate a healthy produce.
With its flexible ability to be designed in any customisable manner, organic terrace farms provide nourishing fruits, vegetables and leafy greens in-house. It probes further into the personal lives of people and turns out to be a hobby that’s willingly taken up by many as it proves to be a form of relaxation and self-discovery. Also, it is proven to have therapeutic value.
This is a pathway to be able to nurture and self-produce healthy fruits and vegetables along with making our homes a much more self-sustainable space in its original sense.
Blog by: Dhevapriya R J
Postgraduate Diploma in Interior and Spatial Design 2018
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