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Grow on the terrace

Grow on the terrace

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Grow on the terrace

Many people want a small garden, or simply an oasis of plants, but not all of them have a garden or space. Therefore, it is not right to renounce one's desire, but to organize the space available and step by step to build one's own garden.
Here therefore it seems necessary to organize, so that balconies, window sills, terraces, become perfect places where to plant and at the same time let plants live in harmony and according to needs.

What to cultivate

The choice is certainly not accidental, obviously limits of space, time to devote, sun exposure, temperature, are decisive in the decision, since for example if we have a not too sunny space we will have to choose cutting lettuces or aromatic herbs, which they survive even with little sun. Approximately it is good to choose a type of short-cycle plant, therefore the collection of which takes place after 30/60 days, since otherwise, you need a garden. You can also grow vegetables like carrots, radishes, but in that case you will have to be very careful about the cultivation and type of jars chosen.
It is good to choose a location where there is sun for at least 4/6 hours a day, the pots must be roomy and deep, have holes in the bottom so as to allow transpiration and a draining effect.
For the cultivation on the terrace it is good to choose grafted plants, since they are much richer and more productive than the other plants. Among the vegetables to be preferred we have zucchini, lettuce, basil and the like, carrots, strawberries, peppers, chillies, aubergines, beets and celery.

Sow to climb

Since the cultivation on the terrace is so to speak particular, it is advisable to choose a type of sowing that suits it. Seeding to climb is excellent because it allows you to harvest often, avoiding growing too much together. In practice, if normally, a package contains about 15 g of seeds and in a garden we would have planted them at the same time, having therefore a lot of vegetables all together that would undoubtedly be advanced, we would have wasted them. With this type of sowing, we sow about 5 grams every 2 months, so we will always have luxuriant plants, always fresh food and long lasting coverage.

Matter of space

Obviously it is clear that those who have little space need the best organization: surely hooks to the ceiling, racks, planters etc are very useful, but it is good to remember that to buy space it is necessary to arrange the plants on different heights, also because you run the risk let these create shade.
Simply, on the market there are special structures, such as tiers, for vases. You can also buy shelves or use supports to create gradients.
If you wish to place several different plants in the same pot, consult books first or get help from a specialist as not all species grow well together and may cause them to weaken or die.


When cultivated on the terrace, the plants do not have the same protection as those normally cultivated in a soil, therefore the plant itself and its roots are more exposed and tend to be weaker. We must therefore pay close attention to the temperature and above all to the climatic changes. Use a double layer of pine bark mulch to isolate the underlying soil, if you want to create a greenhouse to protect the plants from heat use the plexiglass, while if you want to protect them from the cold, use non-woven fabric and evenly wrap the plant.

The terrain

To cultivate in the best way in the pot it is necessary to use a particular soil composed of peat and universal soil, with pebbles and sand. This particular compound is excellent for non-traditional cultivation, because the sand creates a layer that blocks the excessive filtration of water without blocking it completely, the pebbles circulate the air, the soil prevents the appearance of mold and the peat helps the growth.
Do not grow plants and vegetables in the classic garden soil, since even if the plants were born, they would not last long.

How to water

Although there is no general rule, as every type of plant has its needs, it is good to water the plants several times in a week. First rule is exposure to the sun, then the variety of the plant, the materials used as fertilizer, the type of pot and also the season.
In the hottest seasons, for example, it is good to water the plants every day, especially if the soil seems dry and suffering. In reverse, the period can also be reduced, especially if the plant is placed under any rain.
A plant that is not well fed has dehydrated, dried leaves and stems, while a plant with water tends to be rotten. It is always better a little water than too much, since pouring little it can always be added and it is understood when the plant reaches its well-being, otherwise there is no way to eliminate the excess water and the mold very often determine the death of the plant or the destruction of the crop.

To start

If you are a beginner, choose a variety of plants such as basil, which is fragrant and widely used in cooking, and is grown in sunny and humid areas. Easy to find, but above all very resistant to the climate.
Another plausible choice is parsley, very widespread in Italy as it easily adapts to the Italian climate. Still easy to cultivate is the rosemary, fragrant and widespread, capable of resisting even in rather cold climates. These foods as well as being a must in Italian cuisine are also able to alleviate many ailments.
It must be remembered that creating a vegetable garden on the balcony is not a trend, but a very valid idea, especially in times of crisis. In fact, organic products are very expensive, on the other hand high quality food is scarce. Here is the approach of a small garden on its own balcony or terrace.
Always remember to protect your garden, avoid any fertilizer or chemical element, if you fear pests try to prevent them, but in a natural way.
Use wind vents and breakers, so as to avoid both pollution and exhaust gases and insects. Remember that garden plants and potted plants are very different, the latter tend to be weaker, therefore they require more care and attention.


  1. Sheffield

    It is remarkable, rather amusing idea

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