Have you run out of space to plant your favourite greens? Too many indoor plants trying to cramp up your living room? Fear not. If you have nowhere around your house to grow your precious babies, why not transform your rooftop to accommodate a garden?
A rooftop garden is a must-have these days. With the artificial chemical content in our edibles increasing drastically, you could grow your own fresh, organic fruits and vegetables in the comfort of your home.
The only prerequisite is that you need to have a functional roof. If you are a city dweller who lives in a rented house or an apartment, you may have a shared roof or no roof. Before diving into setting up your garden, ensure with your landlord that you have roof access. It is best to know this beforehand, or else your hard work may go in vain.
The next step is to consult an architect or a building engineer to evaluate the structural integrity of your roof. You need to make sure whether your load-bearing roof is mechanically strong to handle the additional weight of the garden.
Waterproofing and drainage system are two essential steps in the rooftop gardening process. The water may seep through the building materials and damage them. Moreover, you most certainly do not want water leaking through the ceiling and greeting you inside your home every day. Additionally, the rooftop should properly discharge the excess water from the soil into the drainage system.
You need to choose what type of pots or containers you want to grow your plants. They should be lightweight as well as aesthetically pleasing at the same time. You can go crazy with hanging pots, earthen pots, and recycled DIY pots too. You could also go for raised beds that provide a better room for growth and higher yields.
Now the thought-provoking parts begin. Go to your rooftop and observe the shady areas, maximum sunlit areas and areas that are more exposed to the wind than the other regions. After keeping regular tabs on the temperatures and the wind flow during different times of the day, prepare the layout of your rooftop garden.
In peak summer, your plants may wither due to the excessive heat caused by direct sunlight. Either grow plants that can survive the scorching heat or use shades and garden covers to protect them during the days. Strong winds may try to uproot the plants. So, add a few windbreakers to shift the flow instead of stopping it completely.
Moving on to the next step, we need to establish a good water source. It would be impossible to lug large buckets of water to the rooftop every day, no matter how good of an exercise it may be for you. If setting up an automatic watering system is too much of a hassle, go for a water hose instead.
Now that all is said, it is showtime. All that is left to do is choosing the potting soil and your favourite greens to plant and nurture. You could also adorn your garden retreat with lush vines and creepers. A little sacrifice of your dedication and patience will go a long way.
Create a comfortable hangout spot where you can relax and have fun. Relish the beauty of the outdoors that might make you never want to go indoors ever.