If you’re looking to spruce up your terrace, we’ve got the perfect terrace gardening ideas for you to try. Don’t worry; the ideas are simple and the terrace garden set-up cost won’t hurt your wallet. We are budget plant parents ourselves and understand the importance of doing more in less.
Why Terrace Gardening
With lawns and yards no longer being part of the urban houses, gardening is now limited to balconies and terraces. While you can know how to have a balcony kitchen garden in detail, let’s discuss some terrace gardening ideas in India that you can easily implement.
If you’re wondering why terrace gardening is in vogue, it’s because, firstly, the happiness of plucking fresh vegetables off your own garden is unmatched and, secondly, the nutritional benefits of such vegetables/fruits/herbs is crazy high. And oh, it purifies the air besides turning the bland space into an interesting one. Not to forget, you get to show off your green thumb!
Basic Requirements For Terrace Gardening
While we have a full-fledged guide on everything you need to know about terrace gardening, we are sharing a glimpse of what you’ll need to have before starting with your own terrace garden-
- Nutrient-Rich Soil
- Adequate Sunlight
- Water Source
- Vegetable Seeds
- Herb Seeds
- Flower Seeds
Terrace Garden Ideas For Home, India
Container Kitchen Garden
Container kitchen gardens are one of the best terrace garden ideas for beginners (including kids) as they are much easier to manage. That’s because if things go wrong, one doesn’t have to undergo the tedious process of working on a particular patch to reseed. Besides, if a plant in your container kitchen garden catches a disease, the possibility of it spreading to other plants is low. Great, right?
- Placement: Place pots on the ground, on a pedestal, or on the stairways leading to your rooftop to give your terrace a distinct accent. You can try grouping pots of the same design and colour on either side of the entry to accentuate the welcoming vibe. However, please note that for a thriving kitchen garden, your plants will need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight so your plants must be placed accordingly.
- Size: It’s always better to have bigger containers to promote the growth of strong roots in plants. Watering the plant also becomes easier. Want to learn more about growing plants in pots? We have a complete guide on Container Gardening.
Type Of Containers: Based on how you want your terrace to look, there is a range of containers you can choose from.
Terra Cotta Pots: Choose these if you want to give your terrace a raw look. The best part? It won’t hurt your wallet as these are the cheapest options available, in use since the beginning of time. There’s a reason why it tops the list of cheap terrace garden ideas.
Grow Bags: Grow Bags are trendy, have a breathable fabric allowing the natural process of air-pruning, and are good with drainage that prevents root rot and overcrowding. Frankly, having bags to grow bags is like having true friends for your plants!
Plastic Containers: If you want to give your terrace a colourful personality, add vibrancy with colourful plastic containers. Their extensive range of attractive shapes, sizes, and colours can melt any gardener’s heart. However, please note that these plastic pots tend to heat up very quickly. They should, therefore, be placed in areas with partial shade.
Vertical Wall Garden
No space? No problem! We have small terrace garden ideas that you can put to use for gardening experiences bigger than the space you own. You can go ahead with one of the two types of vertical wall gardening systems -
- Vertical Container Garden Systems
- Climbing Plant Support Systems
Vertical Container Garden Systems
- Tower Gardens
Tower gardens, as the name suggests, is a layered structure on which pots/planters/grow bags are kept. It can be a wooden, plastic, or metallic structure and it comes in designs ranging from boho to classy.
- Hanging Gardens
Right from having baskets, grow bags, or pots suspended from hooks on a fence to pots hung on walls or balcony railings; hanging gardens make for a beautiful view. The best thing about hanging gardens is that one can have flowers or vines hanging from the pots to give the terrace a surreal look.
- Green Wall
Plant perennial vines to grow on the wall. This way, the clinging vines will dress your wall in green, giving it a look many crave for.
- Ladder Shelving
An extremely simple way to have a vertical garden is to put ladders against the wall and place plants on them. 3-4 tiered garden stands are also available.
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Climbing Plant Support Systems
Trellis is a structure that supports plants. You could use a fence as a trellis for growing vegetables like peas or add your own touch and make one yourself. Trellis could be a freestanding flat structure or it could be attached to a wall.
Usually found at the entrance of a garden, arbors can be arched or square-shaped. Terraces can have arbors so plants can climb onto them and give a distinct look. Pergolas are similar; just that they are a little bigger in size.
Pyramid-shaped vertical growing systems are known as obelisks. If you are a creative person, you could make one out of twigs, logs, wooden sticks, and more.
Want to know more? Here’s everything you need to know about vertical gardening.
If you want to add a little flair and personality to your terrace, you must implement terrace vegetable gardening ideas. With red tomato, white radish, green okra, and yellow chillies, your terrace is going to be a colourful canvas. Terrace vegetable garden ideas in India could include any one of the above but with only vegetables being grown in pots or containers.
You could have your terrace or an area in your terrace dedicated only to herbs by planting fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, lemongrass seeds, and more. It’d be like having an organic chemist shop right in your home and what else can one even ask for!
That’s pretty much everything about terrace farming along with its why(s) and how(s).
We hope you found this helpful. If you did, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family so they can dress their terrace in green too.