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I have been working for over a couple of months now to set up a roof top garden. You got it right! Garden on roof top since there is no space left on the ground after constructing our sweet home. I did plenty of it in my childhood, but it is different now. The difference is that, during my childhood, we had ample space in front of our house and my mom was an expert in gardening. Now, the same space has become concrete jungle! hence decided to have a replica of it on my roof top. I have begun to really enjoy gardening.

Back then, we had various kind of plants which were producing colorful flowers and a variety of vegetables. I remember the gardening mostly for planting, pulling weeds and picking the produce. There’s nothing wrong with all those things and they are certainly a part of gardening. The difference now is that I see the gardening much differently, limited to mud pots to grow plants. I have been successful with few flower plants & ayurvedic plants (having medicine nature). I have enjoyed taking the time to watch the life in the various plants. I love to observe how they grow. In the flower gardens I always try to make sure that things are appealing visually. The pain of gardening when I was young was that the weeds seemed to grow easier than any of the plants that we planted. As I have watched my garden grow I have been entertained as I have seen some of my pumpkin, ridge gourd and bottle gourd plants overrun the most tenacious species of my weeds.

It is routine to me on a daily basis that I water all the plants in the early morning. One of the rose bud sprouted out a couple of days back and a photo of the same was clicked using my K750i. Similarly other plants like Aloe vera and Night queen (aka Brahma Kamala) are growing up good. Other than that I have a few chrysanthemum species (locally known as Sevantige). Look forward to get more plants as the days progress and make a better garden soon.

It is those kinds of random occurances that ensure that I can never tire of working in the garden and observing the growth of the plants. As a nice bonus, I get good flowers for worshiping the god.

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  • veera sekhar August 20, 2011, 12:36 pm

    very nice idea sir. first of all hats off for ur patience….
    I am also trying to prepare a garden on my home,s roof.

    • Rajagopalan Krishnaswami February 11, 2012, 3:59 pm

      I also have a roof garden in my house. The photos can be seen on the Face Book. I am trying to improve the yield of flowers and vegetables. If you have any suggestion, you are welcome to share them with me. I am in Bangalore. Thanks.

  • sandeep vidwans May 25, 2011, 12:25 pm

    hi ,
    its really a facinating picture i have seen ever ,
    best wishes from sandeep vidwans , importer of LECA-expanded clay aggregates used for terrace/roof gardens

  • vijay April 9, 2011, 8:39 pm

    very beautiful. I plan on having a rooftop garden at my home in bangalore. my pplot is 60×40 and approx 1700 sft of roof space. I want to maximise greenery on my plot. please continue blogging with your ideas. thanks.

  • Anil January 31, 2011, 6:12 pm

    It is indeed a blessing to be able to have some greenery on the top in this concrete jungle. Your garden is really beautiful.
    But, I have a query… Was the garden part of the plan that was approved by BBMP? Does BBMP byelaws allow a roof top garden?

    • Mohan January 31, 2011, 7:39 pm

      I wasn’t even aware that we need to get permission from BBMP for this! Are you sure we need one?

  • Arpita February 1, 2010, 9:01 pm

    Hey Mohan, this is beautiful…how about a picture of the whole garden for us lesser mortals who are still trying to find the freshness of a green haven amidst the concrete jungles ????

    • Mohan February 1, 2010, 9:11 pm

      Hi Arpita, welcome to my blog :)
      There are a number of posts with images of my little garden. Please see them by clicking on the ‘garden’ category above.

  • hitesh February 1, 2010, 3:32 pm

    nice work…..it’s not easy to grow them…….

    though i don’t like flowers…..especially cause of the way they smell……all of them….. :)

    it isn’t easy being a guy

    • Mohan February 1, 2010, 9:12 pm

      hmmm each person has their own preferences. It is good to to have differences :)

  • salaamreaders February 1, 2010, 11:43 am

    There’s nothing like a patch of greenery in this concrete jungle to sooth your nerves. I am sure your little garden would grow nicely.

    • Mohan February 1, 2010, 9:13 pm

      Hey… welcome to my blog. Yep… i have been experimenting with a variety of vegetable and flower plants… see the ‘garden’ category for more details :)

  • Tarun Mitra February 1, 2010, 10:12 am

    beautiful snap

  • spandana February 10, 2008, 2:16 pm

    This to tell u[ since i dnt kno xactly how ur terrace garden looks ther’s alwys a possibility to create natural garden… all u’ve to do is extra water proof finish nd create a,lets nt call it a pot bt a well or a trough like thing using concrete…say abt 1′-2′ height as per the requirement of the root growth of the plant..nd then fill it wit soil nd u can still create as it’d hav been down stairs

    • Mohan February 1, 2010, 9:15 pm

      good idea… Thanks for sharing :)

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