How to Set Up a Terrace Vegetable Garden

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Terrace
gardens are quite popular these days as they allow you to have some greenery
right on your terrace. But you can get more than greenery if you utilize the
space wisely. You can get fresh vegetables by setting up a vegetable terrace
garden. Interested but don’t know how to set it up? Here we give a complete
guide to setting up a Terrace vegetable garden.

Terrace Vegetable Garden


Use
Pots for Plants

This
is one of the simplest methods for setting up a terrace vegetable garden. Here
you have to use containers or large pots to grow vegetables. The type of
vegetables to be planted should be according to the size of the pot. As you are
growing vegetables that need water, we recommend you choose bigger pots.

Once
you have decided on pots the next thing is the selection of soil. Here we have
to say that all soil is not ideal for potted gardening and you should look for
the right kind of gardening soil. If it is not available, you can create it on
your own by using equal amounts of good quality soil, compost, and
asbestos-free vermiculite.

Walls
For Creepers

As
you are creating a terrace vegetable garden you should not limit yourself to
potted plants only as creeper could be a great addition to that. Creepers add
greenery to the garden as well as add more vegetable varieties. You can use
plant holders or trellis or can even arrange potted plants on shelves that will
act as a support to creepers.

Vertical
gardening is ideal for growing more vegetables in a small area. Such type of
gardening is also helpful for your health as you can do it without straining
your back which is very common with potted plants. Some of the common
vegetables you can grow in vertical gardening are squashes, beans, and gourds.
You can also grow some delicious herbs in your vertical garden that might be
used as salads.

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Raised
Beds

If
you have big plans for growing vegetables then remaining confined to potted
plants or creepers is not the right idea. You should move towards raised beds
that give more space and more vegetable growing options. Raised beds in many
aspects are similar to regular gardens hence require less maintenance.

But
before creating a raised bed you should ensure that your terrace is waterproof.
If it is not waterproofed you should apply waterproofing sheets that are easily
available in the market. This work should be done under the guidance of a
skilled architect as you have to take several things into account including the
load-bearing capacity of the terrace.

When
it comes to soil, you should be using a combination of garden soil, compost,
and organic manure.

Create
Vegetable Patches

When
it comes to terrace vegetable gardening you have a number of options available.
Vegetable patches are one such option where you can create a vegetable patch on
the rooftop. Creating such a patch consumes a lot of space. When it comes to
the soil for the vegetable patch you should use potting mixture and compost.

Put
Old Wooden Trunks to Use

Wooden
trunks which you used to store valuable materials can be used to make vegetable
patches once they get older. Apart from accommodating more plants, these boxes
will add beauty to your garden. These boxes could be ideal for growing
small-sized vegetables like garlic, radish, lettuce, and ginger among others.

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