There are two things that make me immensely happy in the home : colorful and healthy plants, and of course, a loving family. I’m happy today on seeing some lovely pictures and it’s only fair that you be a part of this too :) Is there any such thing as too many plants or too much color!
I guess not, that’s what Madhu believes in. Madhu is a landscape designer and takes up projects for terrace gardening, houses, hotels, resorts, corporate offices etc.
Let’s go on a tour of her terrace and balcony garden:
Madhu’s tips to care for plants
- Plants need love. Show love towards your plants and care for them intensively, especially during extreme weather conditions like heavy rain, scorching sun, heavy wind.
- Choose the right plant for right location, for instance if we try to have a rose plant on shaded balcony even our love will harm the plant. It needs direct sun. Similarly ferns can grow only in wet/damp shaded places only.
- Manuring, de-weeding as well pesticide (organic / chemical) needs to be done regularly. Rule of thumb is spend about 3 to 4 hrs in a week for 250 sq-ft garden will suffice the healthy growing of our plants.
We also suggest to utilize all the kitchen waste to prepare vermicompost (manure) so that we reduce the burden on Civic Agencies in garbage and waste handling. Also this helps to get very rich – mineral high manure almost free of cost. We need a dry place where our kitchen and garden waste can be turned to vermicompost. We use potting mix as red soil,sand and Vermicompost(Kitchen waste) in equal amounts.
If you are not sure how to get started, you may want to check out this vendor who installs terrace and balcony gardens in the city. Some sample of their balcony garden work here.
If you are confident of starting on your own, you can start by procuring your materials either online or by visiting a local nursery. I’ve created a comprehensive list to start a balcony or terrace garden.