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Grow Your Own Veggies
You don’t need to acquire a regular garden to grow them; you can also grow these on a balcony or terrace. The biggest obstacle is the space in today's populous cities where enough space is rarely available. One can look to terraces for growing veggies. The important question is how? Here are few tips for the terrace veggie garden. The first task is that if you are covering the terrace surface with soil, make sure you water proof the surface to avoid any leakage into the home. If you are going for a regular terrace garden with pots, there are no extra efforts required.
The Type Of Soil
The right type of soil is very important as the nutrients decide the growth of the plant. The right mix of soil requires regular soil, sand and compost in equal quantities. After the heavy rains make sure you add essential nutrients back to the soil, as water tends to wash them away. You can add compost every week or so to make sure the soil has enough nutrition. One can prepare his own compost by using waste veggies. Also fertilize vegetables regularly with good quality organic fertilizer. With some research and experience you’ll be able to find out which type of fertilizer you should feed to specific vegetables.
Start Out With...
Initially, try out just one or two vegetables, and then go in for more veggies. Plants like tomatoes and chilies are easier to grow and do not require much care, so you can start with those. You have to be very patient. It will take a couple of months to start giving results so you should not give up and keep taking care of the plant. French beans, chilies, tomatoes, baronial, okra and lime are easier to grow. Prune vegetable plants to keep them in good shape and in healthy growth. Look out for suckers, especially in tomatoes and pinch them off immediately if found one. One should also be prepared to come across some nasty looking insects and bugs!
Watering regularly is a must. In summers, your garden requires watering twice a day. In winters you can just press the soil with the back of your hand to check the moisture and water accordingly. But be careful that excess water often causes damage and decay to plant roots, and it also washes away the nutrients of the soil. Another important thing is enough sunlight. The terrace garden should receive at least four to six hours of direct sunlight, and in areas where the sun is too harsh, people can use a shade to prevent the plants from getting scorched. Treat the plants like your babies and they will give you amazing returns. They will also give you satisfaction and relaxation. One has to be motivated enough to keep going and take care of the garden in enabling the self to be self dependent.