Sunday, August 21, 2011



Terrace Garden

Prof. John Kurakar in Terrace Garden
John Kurakar
Prof. Molly Kurakar
Molly Kurakar
KURAKAR TERRACE GARDEN is attractive, natural and very useful for a single family.Terrace garden is increasingly becoming an essential feature of modern garden. Modern gardens are specially designed and adopted to provide maximum safety, fun and enjoyment or children of all ages. Most owners of garden like to devote at least part of their terrace garden area in growing some good varieties of fruits and vegetables. In selecting site for a Kitchen garden. The garden should be laid out in a sunny place in the terrace. A convenient water supply is also very important item in a kitchen garden.
Terrace gardens do not occupy much space. In most cases they are created in small open spaces, balconies and verandas of an apartment or on the terrace in the case of a villa. Bangalore has a great weather for terrace gardens so you could explore spaces in your house that can be converted into terrace gardens. It is always advisable to consult a structural engineer who will check the load bearing capacity of the roof in the building as the soil, gravel and plants in the terrace garden will increase the load on the balcony considerably and there chances of seepage.
Giving some alarming information, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) scientist Dr. M. Prabhakar says that vegetables grown in the peri-urban area around Bangalore contain higher chemical residues than what is accepted at the international level. Presence of sewage and heavy metal effluents in water used for irrigation purposes and chemical pesticides render the yield unfit for human consumption.”
“You can grow commonly used vegetables on your terrace, including leafy vegetables such as amaranthus (dantu, keerai), coriander (dhaniya, kothambari), fenugreek (menthe), Indian spinach (basale) and lettuce; gourds like pumpkin, ash gourd (boodu kumbala), ridge gourd (hirekai), bitter gourd (hagalakai), bottle gourd (sorekai), chow chow (seeme badane), cucumber, little gourd (thondekai), sponge gourd (thuppada hirekai), snake gourd (padavalakai), watermelon (kallangadi hannu) and muskmelon (karabooja); root vegetables such as radish, carrot, beetroot, onion, garlic, ginger and mango ginger (mavina shunti) and other vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, chillies, tomato, bhendi (bende kai) and brinjal.
    Similarly, you can grow a variety of fruit plants in big pots including mango, orange, pomegranate, musambi, custard apples, banana and guava. “Bringing up flowering plants is yet another interesting aspect. Spice crops such as black pepper, clove, and cardamom could also be grown on the terrace besides betel vine (veelyadele) In today's times, where cities lack gardens in order to make space for housing , where high rise buildings and space restrictions have taken away the garden from the houses, building a terrace garden with whatever area you have is the best solution to connect with nature.
 It is natural for you to want to spend time outdoors. A nice deck or patio is a place to read a morning paper, sip lemonade on a weekend afternoon, or is used as a place to entertain guests by adding a barbeque area If there is one place that small space gardening should be more widely practiced, it is in front yards. Gardens provide an attractive focal point to your home and can be enhanced with a few simple Theme gardens are a fun and unique way to show the world your ideas and to indulge your artistic side. They are a great way to exhibit your interests and even your favorite flowers. A theme can be as simple as using plants of a single color, a particular style, a period in history, such as Greek, Victorian, and Roman or can be expressed in the garden’s purpose. materials for an evening get-together.

                                                         Prof. John Kurakar

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