Urban gardening is in vouge. After all, the final frontier for space-starved city dwellers is their own patch of green.
When it comes to urban gardening, the only limitation is our imagination and willingness to experiment. From walls to innovative containers, every spare inch of space counts and can be used to create green marvels. In fact, growing veggies and fruits at home also goes well with the rise of the organic movement across the country. With several start-ups promising to help the urban dweller with growing greens, there really is no excuse not to get your hands dirty.
GARDENING IS ON TREND
Urban agriculture is going to be the biggest trend this year in urban gardening. Stores that focus on organic products are becoming a standard part of the urban supply chain. Vertical gardens growing produce for the family has become the hottest emerging trend in personal gardens.
AN OFFBEAT IDEA
Personalise containers in the garden. There is great joy and a wonderful story to tell when unconventional containers such as paint buckets, plastic bottles, or even a bath tub are used. COST Balcony gardens cost `25,000 upwards, while house gardens cost `80,000 upwards
There are three main trends; kitchen gardening pushed forward by the organic movement, vertical gardening and going green or being as eco-friendly as possible.
PLANTS THAT CAN SURVIVE
ANYTHING Money plant works well indoors. In the medicinal category aloe vera is durable. Under edible plants opt for lemon grass, curry leaves, mint or ajwain. As for flowering plants, bougainvillea is a lovely low maintenance climber. Succulents and cacti are ideal for tiny gardens and forgetful gardeners, as they are drought tolerant.
COST It can range anywhere between `500 to `1,000 per sq ft inclusive of all the raw materials and implementation cost
There are three main trends, kitchen and vertical gardening, and being as eco-friendly as possible
A verandah designed by My Sunny Balcony
REENA CHENGAPPA, 4O CO-FOUNDER AND CEO MY SUNNY BALCONY, BANGALORE WWW.MYSUNNYBALCONY.COM
An example of vertical gardening by iKheti
PRIYANKA AMAR SHAH, 30 ECOPRENEUR AND FOUNDER IKHETI, MUMBAI WWW.IKHETI.CO.IN