my garden is actually my terrace... i live in the center of the city, small apartment at the 8th floor of a building... my terrace is bigger than my apartment... we live outdoors most of the year when the weather is good... here i want to present you the plants in my garden and the experience of 30yrs of terrace gardening... first rule begins with a good water insulation and a well planned watering system... i use manual watering and automated drip watering systems together... manual watering is good for inspection of your plants whereas automated watering system saves time and lets you leave your garden for a few days... otherwise you cannot go for a holiday... second rule: you must have some sort of a greenhouse... this is a must for your planting the seeds and having a shelter for wintering of some of your plants... third rule: try to keep your pots light... dealing with heavy pots is a burden in terrace gardening... so you must decrease weight by selecting plastic pots and use of substances like torf, perlite or foam in your pot soils... basic rule is do not have a pot that you cannot carry... another rule is pest control... pests attack your plants more in a terrace garden than a ground garden... your plants are in pots and concrete everywhere which makes lack of moisture at your terrace... try to avoid chemical pesticides and try to use organic ones... i learned my lesson after losing all my bees and useful bugs in my terrace... begin pest control at early spring-late winter and use organic pesticides... this way you will have bees and bugs crucial for pollenisation and will not have to pollenise your fruit trees and vegetables yourself with a brush... after turning to organic pesticides i was astonished to see the amount of useful bugs and butterflies visiting my terrace in the middle of the city... especially the bees and ladybugs are a must for your garden... ladybugs eat mites and help your roses be healthy and beautiful... the last rule is that, your plants are in same pots for years and they consume useful minerals and food they need from the pot soil... so external fertilization is of great importance... you can use regularly any kind of fertilizers, chemical and organic... also soil richening bacterial compounds are of great importance in terrace gardening...
overall views from my terrace
individual plants from my terrace
wildlife in my terrace
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