Are you wondering how to convert that empty patch in your terrace or kitchen backyard into a green organic garden? This green patch will definitely lend an aesthetic touch to your house but also has other benefits. Small scale organic gardening or horticulture can help you eat fresher and healthier fruits and vegetables and it is definitely not expensive. With three seeds of tomatoes, you can produce more tomatoes than a small family will normally eat. With people becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of having fresh organic food, lot of families prefers to grow some of the veggies on their rooftop terrace gardens or kitchen gardens using organic farming method. This type of small organic gardening can translate into an incredibly easy and exciting hobby for you and your families. You can make those lazy Sunday afternoons fun and exciting.
Here are some dos and don’ts on small scale urban gardening:
- Be careful on your choice of fruits and veggies. Cherry tomatoes or zucchini is recommended for beginners. Forget carrots and other plants that are inexpensive and tasty, they are a bit harder to grow and require more experience. Zucchini and tomatoes just need watering and perhaps a bit of fertilizer later in the year. Cabbage and Lettuce can also be a good alternative.
- Also while choosing plants for your garden check the amount of sunlight your garden will receive and accordingly select plants and use organic fertilizer for your garden.
- If you are planning for an organic garden, then ensure that you have enough space for compost.
- It’s better to avoid the use of too many varieties of materials in a small scale garden. If we choose a certain theme, then we need to stick to it and add only the needed materials for us to emphasize the theme. Mirrors are good to make the area look wider. It will also reflect the light that will help brighten the narrow area. They need to be durable and suitable for outdoor use.
- Smaller gardens also need to have boundaries. This way it won’t look like we just placed the things where they can fit. Small stone steps, and fences between small sections will give our garden a larger look.
- Don’t save seed from store-bought vegetables. They are probably hybrids so they won’t grow well if at all and, besides, they are not tasty varieties; they are engineered to grow at a certain rate, ship well, and not mature – a ripe, tasty tomato is delicate – store tomatoes are essentially green tomatoes made to look ripe.