20 January, 2021

Getting The Green In Place

A luxuriant terrace garden proves there's space for growth, even in crowded metros

Getting The Green In Place

WHEN Mr and Mrs U.N.B. Rao moved into their government accommodation in Delhi's West Kidwai Nagar, all the green they could see was the tiny ground floor lawn from their first floor window. Today, the terrace, which the other occupants of the building had so far ignored, is a lush garden with a profusion of plants, a tiny lawn and a machan where the Raos do almost all their entertaining.

 "The first thing you need to do is make sure of waterproofing," says Mrs Rao, who also grows sugarcane and seasonal vegetables on the rooftop. And, of course, a good drainage system is essential to prevent blockages, especially during the monsoons. Then the plants need to be planned out. For a few pots do not a garden make. If levelling is required, plants like bougainvillea, which need more sun, should be placed on top, with hibiscus and ferns at lower levels.

 Spring is the best time for planting, and fertilisers can be used once a month depending on the plant or shrub. The soil needs to be mulched periodically. And since...



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