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Best tips for terrace gardening in apartments

If you are a garden-lover and want to maintain a beautiful garden in your flat, then you must have a look into this article, wherein I have given a few simple and easy tips for an effective gardening in terrace/ balcony of flats.


Gardening or growing a variety of plants for enhancing the beauty of the house, is a wonderful art which requires to be upgraded and maintained from time to time. And for the people who are much interested in growing different variety of plants in their houses, can develop their interest of gardening into a hobby of gardening and thereby they can enjoy the benefits of gardening. Gardening is not just growing plants in the house but it even involves maintaining the garden in the right way and a complete care and protection of the plants. So, if you are really interested in growing a variety of plants in your backyard or in the balcony of your flat, then I am sure you need to read the following simple yet easy tips for maintaining your garden and thus bring greenness to your house.

Importance of gardening

As it is a know fact that plants play a key role in sustaining life on Earth by converting the solar energy into chemical energy and thereby transferring this chemical energy to the animals and humans as well which utilize this energy for various life activities. Hence, having a garden in your home and growing plants are not only beneficial in obtaining food from them but also the garden plants are useful in the following ways:
  • Gardening makes a wonderful hobby which helps in giving relaxation to the mind and thereby helps in recharging the mind and body as well. If you have a natural attraction towards plants, you can develop the same into a hobby to extract the maximum benefits out of it.

  • Garden plants, in particular, the ornamental plants and flowering plants add to the beauty of the surroundings and thus help in enhancing the beauty of your home.

  • Gardening when develop into a hobby, it gives good physical exercise to the body and this in turn helps in maintaining good health.

  • Plants of different varieties, particularly trees, help in keeping and maintaining the cleanliness of the surroundings and also enriches the atmosphere with good supply of oxygen

  • Garden plants help in the entry of fresh air into the house and thus the flowering plants fill the atmosphere with aromatic fragrance.

  • Flowers from the garden plants can be used for home floral decorations which adds to the beauty of the house.

  • Indoor / ornamental plants gives a fresh and new look inside the house and gives a natural look to the house.

  • Some of the plants like aloe vera when grown in the garden, can be used for facial packs and as a moisturizing agent.

Tips for an effective terrace gardening in the apartments

Though gardening is a skillful art which requires lot of patience to look after the plants and take care of these, yet it can be made easy by following few simple tips so that you can grow plants healthily in your garden. All you need to do is:
  1. As you need to grow plants in pots due to space crunch, you should go for earthen pots instead of growing the plants in plastic pots as this would stunt the plant growth over a period of time.

  2. From time to time, at least once a month or once in two months, make some time for gardening and lose the soil in the earthen pots so as to make space and help in the free flow of air.

  3. Place plates under the earthen pots that are meant for the purpose as these would protect the floor from spoiling and also sustains the excess water that drips down.

  4. In case, there are ants or white ants in the pots that result in the death of the plant, then immediately mix little gamaxine in water and spray this water in the affected area/s.

  5. If you want to grow your potted plants healthily than you need to follow certain methods like using most of the kitchen wastes as a food for plants and this will help you in keeping your kitchen clean as well. Refer:How to clean few things at home in a simple way

Manure for plants

After you wash the rice grains or pulses, do not throw away this water, instead collect this water in a container and use it for watering the plants. As this water contains some vitamins and minerals in it, it would be helpful in providing some nutrients to the soil. You can even use the excess water in which you cook certain vegetables for watering the plants instead of throwing this water. However, some people use this water for preparing soups / rasam.
  • For rose plants :
    You can use peel of beetroot and carrot as a feed for these plants. These peels when put in the soil, mix up well with the soil and provide the required nutrients to the plants and also help in giving rich color to the flowers. In this way you can effectively b>use the kitchen waste in growing the plants in a healthy way. You can even mix the left over tea powder / dust / leaves after preparing tea and use this for the rose plants which too help in giving rich color to the flowers. And you can even crush the egg shells and mix these with the soil which provide rich nutrition to the plants.

  • For chrysanthemum plants :
    For for these plants you can use the peels of beetroot and carrot which help in giving rich color to the flowers. Apart from these you can even put the peels / waste of other vegetables and when these mix up with the soil enriches it with the required nutrients.

  • For indoor plants :
    Instead of disposing off the vitamins tablets when the date expires, you can use these tablets for indoor plants. And for this you can either mix these tablets in the soil or dissolve the tablets in water and use this water for watering the plants. This would help in the rich growth of the plants.

  • Note: In case there are small children in the house, it is better to dissolve the tablets in water and then pour the water in the plants.

  • In this way, any kitchen waste can be converted and used as a food for potted plants in your terrace or balcony.

Choose the right place to keep plants in terrace

  1. Keep in mind that you should not keep the potted plants in direct sunlight. Select a place in the balcony of your flat where the sun rays fall slanting - in the mornings and evenings.

  2. Do not congest all the plants in one place but see that there is enough room between the potted plants. This would be helpful in the free flow of air and thereby helps in the healthy growth of the plants.

  3. Another important thing to keep in mind is to use a watering can for watering the plants. So while watering the plants, spray water on the leaves and flowers so as to remove all the accumulated dirt from these parts and this will bring back the fresh look of the plants and flowers as well.

  4. And the most important part is maintaining cleanliness in and around the potted plants. While watering the plants, many a times the soil gets spilled out and leaves soil marks on the walls as well as on the floor which results in an ugly look. Hence cleaning the surrounding area at least once a week is very much essential. However, it is better to wipe the marks immediately as these will leave no stains on the areas.


Gardening is a art and it needs little time to be taken care of. In this way if you happen to follow certain simple tips you can enjoy the art of growing plants, lest it becomes a tiresome work for you and sometimes it so happens that you might leave this interest of yours due to lack of time. It is not the question of lack of time but you need to make time if you are really interested in growing plants in your flat and thus enhance the beauty of your flat by colorful flowering plants in the balcony and beautiful ornamental plants in the indoors.

Article by Kalyani
Kalyani is basically an educationist and presently a home-maker who is fruitfully utilizing her free time in freelancing, online content writing and above all blogging. She is an active lead editor at IndiaStudyChannel.com for over 2 years. She is an environmentalist who strives to protect the environment through the revival of age-old eco-friendly practices. She also strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.

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Author: Umesh02 Mar 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

I have gone through a few articles on terrace garden in some magazines but so far I have not seen such a detailed and exhaustive write up on the said subject.
The tips are very useful and I think the article is not only useful for a novice but also for an experienced person in terrace gardening.
Please keep posting such good articles so that ISC members like me are benefited.

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