Are you simply in love with organic vegetables and rummage the market for organic produce?
Well, you can always raise your own organic garden on your balcony or terrace. It is therapeutic, rewarding and quite cost effective but requires a bit of imagination and maintenance. you will have to take care of some basic things before you start gardening like opting for a suitable space to grow your organic terrace garden, selection of plants and the containers you will grow them in, buying the right kind of soil and organic fertilizers among others.Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
The following tips will help you keep your organic garden stay healthy and productive throughout the year.
Selection of space to grow your plants:
The terrace is an ideal place to grow your organic veggies as it gets ample amounts of sunlight all throughout the day. However, if your plants do not require that much of sunlight, you can always arrange for a green shade net or greenhouse on your terrace or take a few indoors near windowsills. However, if you are living in an apartment, you can use your own balcony, windowsill or make sure the housing society does not have any problem with you growing your vegetables on the terrace as it is going to take up some amount of common space.
Finding the right plant containers:
It is not necessary to opt only for costly earthen pots or decorative clay vessels to nurture your plants. You can easily choose from one of your unused household items like an empty paint bucket, a 1.5/2 lit water bottle, milk crates, bathtubs and so on. You can even find that helmet you do not use anymore, clean it and fill it with soil and required nutrients to grow your vegetables. However, refrain from using rice or cement bags as they may start to disintegrate after some time. Whichever container you choose, make sure it is well cleaned and had holes for drainage before planting your seeds in it.
Buying 100% organic seeds:
With e-commerce and search engines it is easy to find and source organic seeds online. You will get ample options to choose from. But take care and select only a reputable company for organic seeds. Read the reviews and customer testimonials to gain some insight into the company’s reputation before purchasing the desired organic seeds from them. A word of caution do buy fresh seeds as the ones used in the kitchen may be treated, too old and not so encouraging. Make a wise choice for an affordable store as the whole point of growing a terrace vegetable garden is to have authentic organic food at reduced costs, right?
Begin with simple plants:
If you are a newbie to organic gardening, it is important to start with simple plants that do not take much of your time or resources and have quick turn around plus less susceptible to pests like mint leaves, Methi, Spinach, Amaranthus, lemon grass, chilies. holy basil etc and then add more varieties like cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, pineapple, turmeric and radish.
Keep your gardening tools ready:
You will require simple tools for gardening like gloves, sprayers, composters, rakes, shovels, plant pruners and growth stimulators that you have handy to avoid delay in treatment. Based on the space and your need you can find a suitable terrace gardening kit online for yourself..
Soil preparation: Compost and Manure:
Like all gardens nutrients are important for a good yield. In case of an organic garden you will need an all-Natural, organic fertilizers to promote development of the plants. Compost can be prepared a by decomposing kitchen waste, dried leaves or animal manure with the help of beneficial microbes to promote good yields.. Create a well-drained and nourishing potting mix before you sow/transplant from nursery. A good potting mix will help keep the soil moist an well drained for air circulation. Also, make sure you keep an eye for Pests and deformities in plants and treat them accordingly.
Organic gardening is pleasurable and rewarding, and we have the right toolkit for your gardening endeavor. We also set and maintain gardens for you. Book one online to save time as well as costs. Happy gardening!
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