Wholesome dwelling terrace backyard that helps immunity boosters
From Puja Gupta
New Delhi – Working from home can also have some adverse effects such as: B. Mental fatigue and anxiety. An effective way to overcome this is to be creative, of which “gardening” is an option. Since most people live in apartments, terraces and balconies can be a perfect place for this.
Rajesh, gardener at IFFCO Kisan My Urban Greens suggests some ideas / tips to help you create the perfect patio garden.
The layout is the first and most important step in creating a patio garden. You can either cover the entire surface with soil or use planters to grow plants. Earthen or cement pots can be used to set up a mini garden. However, if you plan to grow your own vegetables on your patio, then using grow bags or installing grow stations is a better option.
The patio area should ideally receive sufficient sunlight. A shed is recommended to protect the plants from direct heat in summer.
Choose the plants:
Depending on the room, we can grow all kinds of plants in the terrace garden, from organic fruit and vegetables to herbs, shrubs and flowers.
With the pandemic re-emphasizing the importance of health and wellbeing, one can also consider growing immunity booster crops such as aloe vera, giloy, and tulsi. In addition, natural air purifiers such as Sansevieri – Green and Variegated; Money Plant, Areca Palm, Spyder Pant, Jamia, and White Pathos are also popular choices for home gardeners.
In general, the soil should be fertile and contain the right amounts of moisture and minerals. Fresh soil from any farm with the right amount of organic fertilizer and vermicompost is good for planters. Organic manure, or aged manure, are the best ways to prepare the soil for the garden as they will provide almost any nutrient to the plant. To avoid pest infestation, a certain amount of organic pesticides can be mixed into the soil.
For home gardening, soil mixtures are available online or at tree nurseries. COCO peat is also a very popular choice for home gardeners as it helps retain water, aerate the roots, and protect the plant from soil fungus. Mix it with soil or apply 1 inch layer of coconut peat to the potter / planter to help retain moisture.
Some plants need more water, others less. Therefore, it is important to monitor water needs frequently. It also depends on the time of year. In general, you have to water the plants 1-2 times a day in summer and maybe every other day in winter. Depending on the frequency of the rains, the watering interval can go up and down during the rainy season. Check the topsoil when it has dried. It’s time to water again. It is important to understand the requirements for different plants as overwatering can lead to root decay.
Weeds disrupt plant growth. Timely weed removal is a healthy practice. This can be done once a week or fortnightly. From time to time we can use compost or other organic manure for healthy plant growth. (IANS)