Jallikattu Sapling Initiative: FAQ – 1

47934126As we all took oath to plant a sapling after our success, I was wondering what to plant and where to.. I live in apartments and I have no space for plantation.. Then I realized plantation doesn’t really mean that I have to plant a sapling of some native trees in the streets but I can go for Balcony/Terrace Garden too.. So here I’ve gathered some data that might be of useful to you too..

A garden is possible no matter where you live. Let’s get started on this exciting venture!

Requirements to start:

  1. Space: Balcony? Ground space? Terrace ? Basically any location which gets at least 2-3 hours or more of direct sunlight. The more the better! If balcony, make sure you’ve a water drainage outlet.
  2. Where to start: These gardens can be created on almost all kinds of buildings like residential flats, individual houses, commercial hubs, godowns and factories.
  3. Roof Garden? Sometimes the wind or birds may bring seeds that can germinate and take root on the roof itself. These should be checked for and removed. (Don’t worry about this if balcony gardening)
  4. Sunlight: Different plants have different sunlight requirements. Check with the nursery while buying the saplings on how to manage. And not only the sun, even the rain too
  5. Water: Do not over water and do not under water. On an average, watering every alternate day is good enough. Save plants and water too!
  6. What can I plant in my garden?  Start with something from your kitchen shelf, that is available and used in everyday cooking like coriander (dhaniya), fenugreek (methi), and/or chilli (mirchi). You can have vegetables of our choice and even grow fruit trees like banana and pomegranate. Almost all vegetables can be grown (creepers, drumstick, lime, tomatoes) – based on the place you chose. If you’re not sure, go for some flowers, aloe vera etc,.,
  7. Bugs: Keep the area clear of weeds and remove dead fruit and foliage; this stops the spread of disease and keeps air flowing around your plants. Again please check with the nursery/local gardeners and take their advice.
  8. Pesticides: You can use the organic manure at home by using your kitchen waste (check for YouTube videos on this)

Some of the benefits to health, aesthetics and environment include:

  • Reduce indoor temperature by 6- 8 degree and can reduce air conditioning cost
  • Reduce overall heat absorption of buildings and insulate the building against heat and cold
  • Convenience of safe, pesticide-free, healthy green and fresh vegetables
  • Clean air and being close to nature
  • Increases amount of oxygen in the air
  • Reduce sound pollution
  • Act as a habitat for city-weary birds

Do you think, I’ve missed something? Enlighten me on that.. I look forward for your suggestions 🙂

 

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