Ideas for Your Roof Top Garden

By: Floren Neel

Sure roof top garden is beautiful. Think once, red, pink or yellow roses, fresh tulips and even few rare orchids are growing twenty stories, over the street! There is no noise from the busy city below, only the smell, sound and sight of nature and the rush of wind. A living roof is the gardener’s paradise. If you are an apartment dweller, residing in a busy city, chances are very much there that you have actually given up the dreams of having your own small Eden at your backyard. And with so much of space constraint and with no backyard to carry your home gardening idea to the next level, you are possibly restricted to just a few plants and herbs scattered somewhere at your window sill.

However, the good news is if you have a flat roof then you would be able to turn it into an aesthetically pleasing place where nothing but bees hum, birds sing and is always a happy time! The best part is your ‘living roof’ is more than just a green corner for pleasing guests but it has many benefits as well.

It has been scientifically proven that during the cold and drab months your terrace garden serves as an insulating system, shielding the building from heat loss thus saving you from spending your hard earned dollars on utility bills.

And this season if you are serious about raising your own green thumb then take a chance and design your own green paradise at your terrace. There are however few significant techniques that might help you to make the best use of your terrace. Honestly, with the right tips, best care and dedication you can even plan for crafting your own orchid house at your roof top. Yes, you can have beautiful spring flower blossoming at your terrace.

To start with, there are however two significant types of rooftop gardens to choose from. While using a whole gamut of containers and pots for growing your plants is one of the simplest ways of creating your own green Eden at your terrace, however if you are interested to wholly transform your roof into a garden altogether then it requires bit of hard work, innovativeness and lot of imagination.

Here are few steps to turn your terrace into a garden

Step 1: Check whether or not the railings and the roofing surface are enough stable. Although most of the terraces come with safety railings however if your roof doesn’t have railings then install it first before using the terrace for gardening

Step 2: Install a seamless watering system to water the plants. Get it straight here, even with natural rainfall, your rooftop garden will still require supplemental water. Honestly, it’s not always feasible to drag a can in order to water the plants.

Step 3: Make sure, the drainage system of your roof top is adequate enough in handling the excess run off. Do not block the drainage with pots or containers.

Step 4: Choose light weight pots and also cluster the containers together to ease out your watering and fertilizing schedule.

Step 5: use saucers with pot feet to lift the pot off the terrace. Remember, water caught under the containers might lead to roof damage.

Step 6: Choose flowers and vegetables you like. For growing vegetables, opt for the bushier ones which stay smaller but have a staggering production ratio. If you can plan things well, you can even construct an orchid house at your terrace.

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Floren Neel is associated with some orchid house and garden house material suppliers for a long time. Hence, with time he learned how to make good flower garden, portable greenhouses, roof top garden and other outdoor innovations easily.

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