I am often asked, what are the best vegetables to grow at home/balcony/terrace? Well, all!!
So how do you go about deciding which vegetables do you want to grow?
Firstly, always factor in your interest and preference!
Secondly, the season. There are many veges that grow throughout the year but there are also equal number of them who prefer a particular season!
Thirdly, consider the available space in your balcony/terrace.
Now comes the biggest challenge – You’ve a list of 10-15 veges which grow well in a particular season, you’ve enough space for them and you like them as well. So now how do you choose?
Always remember, if it is your first time, things may not workout exactly the way you want them to. So always go the conservative way. Imagine you can harvest a very little quantity everyday. So what would you do with it? I’ll illustrate.
- What if you harvest just one cucumber? Nothing wrong with it as you can eat it right away or you can use it in a salad with few other veges.
- Now, what if you harvest only 5-6 okra in a day and next ones would be ready for harvest only after a week. What would you do? All my south Indian readers are going – we will use in Sambar or in morkutaan!! 😉 😛 Well so if you can use a very little quantity of okra efficiently, go for it or else just reject it!
- Similarly with beans – What if you harvested just 5-6 pods of french beans? You can probably use it in fried rice/vegetable pulav/Biryani.
- But what if you harvest just 5-6 pods of broad beans or cluster beans? How would you use them? Well I don’t have an idea so I would reject such veges. But if you know how to use them, go for it!!
Now, before you decide to plant any particular vegetable, ask yourself, What would you do with an small harvest? Save yourself the pain of growing the veges and then not able to use them properly!! 🙂
Happy Gardening 🙂
Surprising as it may seem you can manage your Garden very efficiently with the existing quantity of water usage. Garden by no means is demanding, especially when it comes to water! So whether you’re facing a water crunch or you believe in water conservation, these tricks will definitely help you save water.
#1 Always Mulch the Soil: Mulching helps to prevent water evaporation from the soil thereby requiring less water. To know more about Mulching click here.
#2 Use Fresh Cow-dung: Cow dung is excellent to prevent water evaporation and keep the soil well hydrated. Mix 1kg of cow-dung in 5 liters of water and use it to water the plants. This acts as excellent compost, mulch and water retention technique. You can also try making amrutjal. Click here to know more about amrutjal. (Disclaimer : Please do not use fresh cow dung in monsoon/rainy season. The moisture in the soil combined with humidity in the atmosphere will lead to fungal growth.)
#3 Water from Mopping the Floor: It is a great idea to Mop the floor with plain water (without any chemical floor cleaners) and then use it for watering the plants.
#4 Water from washing clothes: You may not be aware but there are many 100% eco-friendly detergents available in the market. So you can use the water that drains out after washing/rinsing the clothes and use it for watering the plants. In fact its a great idea to connect your washing Machine’s drainage pipe to another smaller pipe that leads directly to your garden or pots.
#5 Water from Washing Your Fruits & Vegetables: It is a great idea to wash your fruits, vegetables and other food items like cereals and pulses in a container and use the same for watering the plants.
These are my top 5 water saving techniques. Please add your ideas in the comment section below!
Happy Gardening 🙂
If there is anything that can increase the beauty of your Garden manifold – Its the Fauna that it attracts 🙂 Especially the Birds, Bees and Butterflies!!
To start with, we can place the Bird- Feeders. Click on the image to know more about bird feeders.
When you have birds visiting regularly, you can place the Bird- Shelters. You may start with one and then go on increasing the number of Bird Shelters. It is not a very common thing for birds to adopt man-made shelters. But you can always try. Do not hang the shelters. Bird Shelters should be steady. Also, do not relocate them frequently. Here are a few shelters. Click on the images to know more.
Now here’s another thing – Gardens have a different look by day and by night. So if you like to spend time in your garden in the evening, beautiful lights are a must. Fairy lights are my all time favorites. Unlike lamps, which are confined to one place, we can create different patterns with fairy lights. I love them also because they can be used both indoors and outdoors. Here are a few different lights with which you can light up your space. Click on the images to know more.
Furniture: When I say furniture it doesn’t mean a whole set of chairs, tables or couch. It can be just that one single swing Chair or an easy chair. Or it can be a floor furnishings like a Yoga Mat or floor chair. The floor furnishings look best in Balconies especially if you like to exercise and/or meditate in your garden.
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Now that you have decided which type of Garden you’ll be creating, let’s proceed to create one! In case you missed the article on different types of Garden that you can create, click here!
Where to Begin:
- Factor in the space available in your Balcony/Terrace
- Also check the hours of sunlight available
- Decide on the type of Garden that you want to create/Design
- Decide on the number of plants you’ll like to have
- Decide exactly where and how you’ll place them. Positioning is the key! While deciding the position of each plant see to it that you’re placing plants that require sunlight in a spot that receives maximum sunlight and the shade loving plants on the other end.
- Buy suitable pots and Containers for the plants
- Buy the plants/seeds
- Pot the Plants as mentioned here
- You’re all set!!
- Pots are the first ones to grab the attention of the onlookers! And probably Yours too!
- As I said, positioning is the key! Place the plants in proper hierarchy or Patterns.
- Climbers/creepers, especially flowering ones, add a lot of beauty. Do give it a shot. I realized it too late! Now working on them. If you have climbers, you can have simple pots as the climbers end up covering the entire pot! So climbers are the best way to conceal anything. Just place them in front of the wall you want to conceal along with a trellis and there you are! They are magical. You just need to put in little efforts to train them.
- Garden decor – click here to know how to decorate your garden.
5 Best Picks For Your Balcony/Terrace:
You can always go for simple terracotta pots. But here are my 5 best picks that will help you give your Balcony/Terrace a perfect facelift! You can click on the images for more details.
This stand fits in both as a corner piece or against a wall. You can even think of keeping it indoors!
If you want to add a touch of exquisiteness to your Garden, these planters would just say it all!
If you have a space crunch you can definitely think about going for this one! I have a complete article dedicated to vertical garden. Click here to know more about vertical Gardens.
If you would like it colorful, go for these ones
Lastly, my favorite, simple and sweet one! When placed in a row, they tend to give a nice classified look!
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Before creating a Garden, it is very essential that we ask ourselves, what type of Garden do we want? A lot of time things go wrong only because we do not have a definite idea as to which type of Garden we are about to set up.
To decide which type of Garden you want to set up, you’ll have to take into consideration the following aspects:
- Your likes and preferences
- Area available for Gardening
- Climate and Season
- Availability of Sunlight
- Amount of time you are willing to dedicate for Maintenance
A type of Garden is important because it tells us:
- Which type of plants we will be planting
- Which type of containers will we require to grow these plants
A few examples of different types of Garden are:
- Aesthetic Garden
- Kitchen/Vegetable Garden
- Medicinal Garden
- Perennial flowering Garden
- Seasonal flowering Garden
- Indoor Garden
- Nocturnal Garden
Every type has further sub-types to it. For example, you decide to set up a vegetable garden. The next question is which type of vegetable garden?
- Is it going to be leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek, Dill, etc or
- Are you going to set up stem and root veges like potato, onion, radish, carrot, etc or
- Will you be having Climbers and Creepers like gourds and peas or
- All of them.
So the point I am trying to make is, You should have a definite idea as to which Garden are you setting up!
Once you have decided on this, we can go our next segment, i.e Garden Arena!
If you need any help on deciding the type of Your Garden, contact me here.
Bored of Gardening Tips?
Want some Action?
Fun Starts 21st July 2017 as we will together Design your Garden!!
Coming Up a 11-Day D-I-Y Series starting 21st July 2017 where we Create, Upgrade, Modify, Design and Redesign Your Garden!!
How Does it Work?
I’ll have a series of Blog Post (1 post a day) where we step by step set up your Garden!
Right from selecting a place to selecting right kind of plants; from Garden Decor right till designing we will be covering everything!
The best thing about this fest, I’ll be available all throughout those 11 days right here and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google plus for any help or suggestion that you’ll need! We can have live interactive session through Skype and Facebook Video Calls!
So be there as we head into our Gardening Zone and celebrate Life! 🙂
Happy Gardening! 🙂