Question: I have limited space in my garden and I want to make best use of this space?
Examples of home gardens grown in limited space
There are various ways of making the best use of space in a home garden.
Cultivations towers: In this method the family developed cultivation towers in the form of semi-permanent and permanent structures like an elongated, cement tank to utilize vertical space available in their house.
Cultivation Bottles: Cultivation Bottles or “Cultivation mega-bottles” are made out of empty-soft drinks bottles to utilize limited space and also to provide a wonder outlook to the landscapes. This unique method also helps in the recycling of these bottles and reduces the problem of garbage disposal. This method of home garden cultivation is very useful for people residing in cities.
Cultivation Racks: These racks don’t cost much and can be made out of natural structures such as “Coconut” or “Areca nut” or “Jaggerypalm” or “Palmyra” tree-trunks. It can also be made with the help of iron, aluminum or any other metal or plastics for long-term use. These structures help to make maximum use of limited horizontal and vertical spaces.
Cultivation Fences: Fences are the various structures used to mark the boundary of the house. Making use of these structures for creeper vegetables like bittergourd (ampalaya) not only helps in making maximum use of space, but also makes the landscape attractive.
Cultivation walls: “Cultivation Wall” is the latest addition to the concept. In this, vegetable crops, like potatoes, can be easily planted, while flower plants are grown in the ground.
Cultivation bags: Generally, “Standing Cultivation Bags” are used where cultivation is restricted under waterlogged or ill drain homestead-soils. But now, the same concept has also been adopted for “Hanging Cultivation Bags”. In this method recycling of the polybags etc is also an added advantage.
Cultivation Frames, Cages and Ad-Hoc ways : The above living structures have been developed and used by people having differents income levels. The “Cultivation Frames” are made out of coconut branches that attract low-income communities in sub-urban areas. “Cultivation Cages” gives the impression of a herbarium in a garden and various Ad hoc ways are built by using different waste materials.
Edible Air spaces: This is a concept put forward by the Department of Agriculture (Western) within the Concept of Family Business Garden to encourage teenagers and youth in urban agricultural activities. It is a good example of mini-homesteads with flowers cum food crops (vegetables, fruits, medicinal plants, etc) by vertically erected wooden or iron structure. This structure can be circular, rectangle or oval in shape and decided by the owners of the home gardens.
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