“I can’t trust the so-called organic food you get in the market, so I feel it is best to grow your own vegetables and I encourage people to do that. I’ve started growing my own salad leaves and herbs like curry leaves and ginger. There are also all kinds of milk available in the market today, but it is important to make sure that milk comes from a good source. You see girls and boys reaching puberty much earlier now because of chemicals that are pumped into cows and bad quality of food they’re eating every day. I’m very careful about what everyone eats at home and what I’m feeding my child” – Shilpa Shetty (Indian Actress, Yoga Expert & Big Brother winner)
Her Instagram videos of vegetable plucking from home garden reflect the happiness and contentment every home gardener has on such little successes.
Here is the list of best vegetables for growing in balcony or terrace:
The first and foremost vegetables that can be grown in the home garden are the peppers. Slit 2-3 ripe chillies, collect the seeds and start. In a few days sprouting happens. After about 10 leaves appear in the sapling it needs to be transferred in a bigger pot. Harvest time for green chilis: 1 month or about 40 days.
This red fruit which is used mostly as a flavouring agent in differed food preparations can also be grown in pots. Cut the ripe tomato into 4 pieces and bury it in a half-inch soil well. With a month’s time, the sprout is visible. Support, space in the pot and compost is needed for this plant to grow and bear fruits. Best Season July onwards Harvest Time: 3.5 months
Beans & Its siblings:
The process is more or less same but here it can be done directly in the soil. Sow the seeds and then wait for the plant to develop. Here the plant grows in a vine fashion. Compost rich in Nitrate should be added once a month. Harvest time: 2 months
Sow the seeds in the planter at a gap of an inch or more. These are relatively easy to grow hassle-free plants. Harvest time: 1 month Best Season: Summer
Again can be sown directly in pots at a distance of an inch. The baby leaves can be used perfectly for salads while the bigger leaves can be used for food dishes. Keeping the soil moist during summers especially is important lest you want your spinach tasting bitter. Harvest time: 1 month Best Season: Summer
Squash & Melons:
Pumpkins and baby watermelons can again be grown easily. There plant is a creeper and while pumpkin is ready to harvest in about 60-70 days watermelon is ready in 1 month’s time.
Bitter & Other Gourds:
Gourds are climbers which grow perfectly in summers. Seeds can be sown in soil pits of 1.5 inches deep. In 35-40 days flowering starts and fruits can be harvested in 2 months of time.
Okra (Lady Finger):
Sow the seeds during the night for easing out germination. The plant requires good sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. Water should be given regularly to keep the soil moist. Harvest in 60 days.
Brinjal (Egg Plants):
These take about 20 days to germinate. The organic compost needs to be added every 15-20 days. Good sunlight is needed for the proper growth of the plants. Harvest time about 2.5 months.
Some of the other vegetables that can be easily grown in balconies or terrace are:
- Lettuce and other greens
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Some pointers to grow healthy & best vegetables for growing in balcony:
- Check the pot size.
- Check and update the soil with nutrient using organic compost.
- Add organic manure at regular intervals of 15-20 days
- Water regularly
- Check for any kind of infestation and treat them with a soap solution.
Hope this information compels you to try home gardening and grow our own vegetables.
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