When it comes to living in the cities, urban lifestyles can rob one of a few important luxuries of life; one such factor is space and another one is having a garden to call your own. With most cities running out of space and growing vertically, having an outdoor space to call your own, however small it maybe, is indeed a luxury!
Among the numerous benefits of living in villas is the availability of land to call your very own and do with it as you wish. One of the best and healthiest ways to relax and spend the weekend is by gardening….the solid feel of dirt beneath your fingers as well as the smell of freshly turned earth is indeed a pleasure few can enjoy in urban habitations. Aside from this, growing, watering and taking care of your plants is a great way of busting stress as well as having health benefits for all the family. A green garden also means more oxygen-rich air to negate the effects of pollution. Glowing flowers amid manicured dark greenery bring pleasure to your eyes and envy in your neighbor’s eyes while increasing the value of your home!
The terrace is an ideal place to grow vegetables at home due to the availability of sunlight throughout the day. You could raise your own organic kitchen garden or a flower garden on the terrace and beautify the space with hardscape elements like walkways, rocks, wooden fencing, etc. If you are planning to have a terrace garden, it is important to have waterproofing done for the terrace space using polymer coating on the concrete surface.
Gardens are a little bit like children, without giving them quality time and nurturing care, they do not grow well. Here are a few tips for those interested in growing a garden at home:
Time and effort– Gardening needs effort and that precious thing called ‘time’, and only if you are willing to invest both should you venture into such a project. An hour or so is required almost daily depending on the size of your garden; if you don’t have this time, better to go for a few pots on the front porch instead!
Plan – Before starting anything you need a plan – same with a garden. Divide out space and decide on what kind of plants, shrubs or trees you want to plant and where.
Materials required – Your plan should also include the different types of elements needed – such as border stones, gardening implements, fertilizers and grid if needed. Most importantly, ensure there’s a water outlet nearby.
Soil – You need to know your garden’s soil type and the kind of plants it can support – and the types of fertilizers needed.
Plants – Your garden can be divided into a flower garden and a vegetable patch as per your wish. Arrange your flowering plants according to their colors. A couple of fruit trees would get the kids out in the garden more often too. And having your own home-grown veggies is always welcome in this pesticide-loaded world! Finally, do your homework about the specific needs of each plant and tree.