How to start Rooftop Garden (10 Step) Complete Process

Rooftop Garden: How to start

A beautiful rooftop Garden is the Desire of most of the metropolitan and urban people. Gardening is one of the oldest and most satisfying hobbies of humans from the beginning of Civilization to till now and continues to be. If you are wishing to develop a rooftop Garden decide the objectives and needs. Rooftop gardens can be of different types but principal is the same for all that is to manage plants in the Limited space off the terrace.

Things to be considered before going for rooftop Garden construction

  1. Layout preparation
  2. Sunshine availability
  3. Water requirement
  4. Roof strength and water drainage
  5. Time availability for management
  6. Protection from wind
  7. Protection from monkeys
  8. Space for storage of manure Fertilizer and tools
  9. A reserved working area
  10. Selection of the pots
  1. Layout preparation for rooftop Garden

Prepare a well-scaled layout of your desired Garden by keeping in mind the followings

  • Furniture to be setup Hindi Garden.
  • Enough space to move and walk through a mature and grown-up Garden.
  • The dimension of sports plants and distance from boundaries.
  1. Sunshine availability 

It is a prerequisite to mind the direction and Sunshine availability. Your rooftop garden area shouldn’t be shadowed by neighbours building creatures. If you can’t avoid this then select the shade-loving / sciophytes such as Ferns, caladium, coleus, begonia, nicotiana, tuberose, lady palm and money plants etc.

 

  1. Water requirement

Permanent water availability is necessary for Garden hands; it is the most required input. For potted plant Garden pipe connected with a Shower nozzle is best while for the planted beds drip irrigation system is best suited.

 

  1. Roof strength and water drainage

It is necessary to consult the architect about the strength and waterproofing of the roof. If the rooftop is perfectly waterproof then you make go for planting a bad establishment with proper protective measures. For the partially waterproof top it is advisable to go for pots only. Because the Garden is a permanent setup and it may create problems of water stagnation and poor drainage.

 

  1. Time availability for management

Plan for planting material according to the time you have for their management. Flowering annuals and vegetables required more attention. Mostly Hardy plants such as cactus, ficus and agave require a little care and time.

 

  1. Protection from wind

Rooftop Garden is windier than ground Garden and field conditions hence it is essential to manage some windbreaks. An ideal windbreak provides protection up to 2.5 Times of its height in the windward direction and 10 to 20 times in the leeward direction. Cucurbits, wines, and annuals are sensitive to height wind speed.

 

  1. Protection from monkeys

If you are residing in an area where monkeys usually come, growing tall plants such as Champa, horticultural plants (citrus, lemon etc) and vegetable plants can be risky. To stop them protective nets can be used in such conditions.

 

  1. space for storing manure Fertilizer and tools

It is very necessary to have waterproof storage space for frequently required Input and tools to protect them from sunlight and moisture due to the hygroscopic nature of fertilizer and rusty nature of tools. Storage space should be in the close vicinity of Garden because it will be very cumbersome to bring these inputs and tools from the garage or storehouse everytime.

 

  1. A reserved working area

A reserved working area preferably in a protected and shedded corner is necessary. Keep the extra soil in this area this will be needed during repotting the plants and filling of the new pots.

 

  1. Selection of the pots

Pots can be selected on the basis of various criteria. If you are putting the pots in Shady area then colourful plastic pots are the best choice. Plastic pots are now available in unmatched diversity of size, shape, colours and placement purpose.Earthen pots / clay Pots are best suited for the exposed Shiny areas and low water requiring plants. These sports can serve for years as compared to plastic pots and are cheaper also. Cemented and concrete pots are suitable for high water requiring plant and exposed areas; these don’t get damaged easily. Though nowadays growing bags, fibre and Fabric pots are also available on online platforms. Clay pots are most economical and provide best aeration to the roots of the plant as compared to others. For the annuals and herbaceous plants pots of four to six inches are sufficient. For the semi hardwood or herbaceous ornamental plants pots of 6 to 12 inches are required while for the horticultural plants such as ornamental citrus, lemon etc pots of more than 15 inches are required.

By keeping these things in your mind during establishment of your rooftop Garden you can develop an efficient beautiful and mesmerizing Garden in which you can fulfill your hobby in the best way.

 

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