A Green Terrace: Terrace Farming As A Trend Is Growing In India & Here’s How You Can Do It Too!

For the urban living and land strapped populace as ours, it’s only natural to be inclined towards terrace farming and balcony gardening. What’s more, people are not only inclined towards gardening and growing greens in every usable space available, but are keen towards growing plants that yield results in the form of herbs, fruits and vegetables. In short, the concept of sustainable living is slowly catching up in urban and suburban India and we cannot not notice how quickly growing one’s own food is becoming a trend.

Honestly, I don’t see why not! It’s 100% organic when you grow your own food; you know the source from where it’s coming and the pleasure of snipping parsley or coriander from your own terrace or kitchen garden is almost therapeutic. Farming has always been India’s strong point and it’s good to see farming make it to the concrete jungle as well and give some relief to the strapped souls. So, yeah, if you have a terrace or balcony, adapt to the new sustainable kitchen-décor trend: we are here to take care of the stains and seepage!

At Happy Homes today, we’ll tell you the terrace farming essentials, what are the must haves, how you can recycle a lot of trash from your home to make compost and of course, how to protect your floors and ceiling below your terrace if you have a terrace farm!


Quick Tips to Fabulous Terrace Farming

If you are looking to start terrace farming/ gardening, Cocopith is the buzzword. It replaces soil, needs less water, holds water 10 times more than its weight and is also very cheap. Grow your seedlings in cocopith as they rule out all the possibility of the seeds drying.

Buy seed starter kits in which you can grow your seedlings and then transfer them to a bigger pot for them to grow. You can use flowerpots, flower tubs, or make flower beds {as you’d make a lawn} to grow your veggies and herbs. Now, there is 1 point to note if you are seriously planning on doing terrace farming: make sure you’ve waterproofed your roof.

Waterproofing is important

If you are contemplating on a terrace farm, try Roff Hyguard first to protect your roof from water leakage. Simple to use {comes as a powder as all you need to do to mix it and apply it! Field experts can check weak points where pressure grouting is done, i.e., holes are drilled into the RCC slabs and, through nozzles} Roff Hyguard provides a waterproof lining for water retaining structures such as gardens and pools and provides perfect waterproofing for roofs/ terrace RCC slab & terrace gardens. It also protects concrete surfaces from carbonation and chloride and makes for the perfect hassle-free terrace waterproofing solution. You can see more here: http://roff.in/2009/product_inner.aspx?pid=27&catid=2

Now onto the main subject of gardening!

Nothing is better than using your kitchen waste as fertilizers. For making your own compost, keep a big trough and line it with newspaper. Add a layer of soil followed by a layer of earthworms. Add another layer of soil and keep adding all the vegetable dry waste. You can also add egg shells as they provide calcium. Your compost will be ready in about 15- 20 days.


What can you grow in your Terrace Farm?

Everything! From gourds to pumpkin, and vegetables like chillies, brinjal, tomatoes, and capsicum can all be grown all-year round in your terrace farm. Moreover, you can also grow herbs like basil, lemongrass, sage, and mint. They can thrive in limited spaces as well. Try buying one of the big pine carts for growing all your herbs.

Periodically, feed your plants with good fertilizers and let them have plenty of sunshine. Your sustainable terrace farm is waiting to be made! For everything waterproofing, there’s Roff.

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