If nothing else, balcony gardening has proved to be the most positive thing that happened during the lockdown. Many cities across India witnessed a surge of interest in growing flowers and vegetable plants of different kinds. From aloe vera and basil to ginger, onion, cucumber, potato and chilli, people planted all kinds of essentials.
This sudden interest was probably a result of an increase in time spent at home but also an attempt to rethink what we consume and from where especially during COVID-19. It is pretty cool to see how these urban farmers have learnt the art of farming to get the best product to the table.
Growing vegetables and fruits at homes mean keeping the nutritional value and freshness intact. It also means easy access to seasonal produce free of chemicals.
Though balcony gardening first became popular among individual flats in gated communities, now, realising the endless scope rooftop farming can have, many housing societies are pondering over the possibility of converting their terraces or rooftops into farming zones – an attempt to sustain this practice for the larger good.
Many gardening experts have even set examples to show that concepts of hydroponics (a method of growing plants, usually crops, without soil) and use of greywater (wastewater generated in households from sources such as sinks, showers, baths, washing machines or dishwashers excluding wastewater from toilets) are feasible ways to manage water usage for rooftop farming. These are excellent concepts, especially, in a place with water shortage issue.
The concept of rooftop farming is fairly new, but it is quickly getting popular among city-dwellers. Apart from fulfilling the growing demand of fresh, organic and highly nutritious vegetables, rooftop farming is important as it makes the surrounding greener, cooler, eco-friendly, lessen the environmental impact of food transportation and makes a person aware of what he/she is consuming on daily. Moreover, various studies have found that living around green spaces can have a positive impact on one’s well-being – decreases stress-related issues, anxiety, mood disorders and increases productivity.
There are innumerable benefits of the concept of rooftop farming. We are listing out a few of them:
If not rooftop farming, you can also convert your society compound into an edible landscape. It has the potential to transform your residential community into space that is aesthetically pleasing and beautiful. Moreover, it can make the space green, functional and productive.