In urban areas, due to escalating population, more land area is brought under the construction of houses; therefore there is hardly any space for growing vegetables.
Especially in houses which don’t have space for kitchen gardening, rooftop gardening is the only way to grow fruits and vegetables.
Here are some excellent ideas for Rooftop Gardening :
How to select vegetables for rooftop gardening ?
Ideal crops for rooftop gardening should be durable, and capable of resisting wind and other potentially inclement conditions.
Plants with thin, ‘crisp’ stems should be avoided.
Root vegetables, including carrots, beets and turnips are well-suited due to the absence of a thin central stem and their relatively low growth.
A thick root also helps to anchor the plants into the ground, providing resistance to wind.
Low growing greens, including lettuce and spinach, are also well-suited to rooftop growing, as are some varieties of climbing beans which can withstand consistent exposure to wind.
For best results, vegetables grown on rooftops should be started in flats or similar containers under screens or netting that will prevent soil from drying out.
Amend growing medium with plenty of water high-quality organic constituents, such as compost; and spread a thin layer of mulch around plants upon transplanting.
These measure will help to retain moisture. Ideally, starts should be transplanted into larger containers on cloudy or slightly overcast days to prevent sun and heat shock.
Top 10 vegetables for Rooftop Gardening
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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
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Decorate planters or garden landscapes with these decorative pebbles :
Using pebbles in a garden brings different colours and textures to the garden. Pebbles can also fill up otherwise empty space in the garden, leaving a visual that might be considered more interesting and aesthetic than simple dirt, soil or mulch.