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Transforming 2 Day ( 4+4 Hrs) Food/Terrace Gardening and overview of Sustainability

In Urban locations & cities huge terrace space area is vacant. This space is utilized now-a-days for growing vegetables & Fruits by several conscious citizens. A Terrace Garden is beneficial to urban family or housing society in a way to accommodate 100% house wet waste generated every day. In other words a terrace garden is feeder of urban waste at the place of waste generated. After waste a terrace garden avoid formation of heat island. A heat island is a terrace which is open to Sunlight & heats up constantly throughout the day. This sinks the heat towards the residence area underneath the terrace. When a terrace garden matures above a terrace the heat island become cooling island. Apart from these 2 great benefits a Terrace Garden serves as ANNARAI(Food for all). It gives food to owner family as well as to several insects, earthworms, honeybees & birds. More than 10 such terrace gardens are running & productive in Pune.

The first step towards Sustainable Living is about growing your own food in Terrace/Balcony/Backyard or any vacant space in Urban vicinity. UrbanSoil in association with Sustainable Living WhatsApp group proudly educates conscious urban citizens to grow their own food. It conducts a 2 day Workshop through which anyone with zero knowledge of Organic Gardening/Farming can design & integrate a terrace garden. These workshop covers basics of Soil Science, Ecology, Composting, Mulching, Green Manures, Insect Management, Planting Seasons & much more to design & manage your very own Garden. After this Workshop anyone with even zero knowledge on Organic Gardening can setup food garden in terrace or balcony or backyard in a easy & simple manner.

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Now it is very convenient to have a neat, clean & productive garden in a balcony too. UrbanSoil in association with Bluewiss & Sustainable has come up with unique Vegetable planter Beds which saves space as well as add convenience to manage a small balcony Garden. These beds come in 2 variants. Slim size bed for slimmer balconies(5 feet x 10 feet) is 3 feet x 1.5 feet while standard size beds dimensions are 3 feet x 2 feet for bigger balconies(8 feet x 8 feet or 10 feet x 8 feet). Along with Vegetable beds we provide self watering bucket which has comfort of NOT giving for 3-5 days based on seasons. Compact Compost bins which can be easily accommodated in balconies are also available. More than 50 such balcony gardens are running & productive in Pune. These planters offers the convenience of Gardening in small spaces yet respecting nature through its recycling abilities.

Such balcony should have at least 3-4 hours of direct sunlight. A East, South, West facing balcony is best suited for setting a organic Garden in Balcony. Balcony has the advantage of growing vegetables & herbs even during Monsoon due to roof protection on the top. Heavy rains does not affect the plant growth in covered balconies.

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Backyards can great place to have a Organic Garden. Apart from directly connected with soil surface they also have convenient access to Bungalow for maintenance & constant observation. The vegetables will be sown in Raised beds made out of Roofing tiles or Bricks to hold soil. Plants can be placed based on planning Sunlight requirement they would need. Organic Gardening Workshop conducted by Hemal is good place to understand the Sunlight requirements of plants.

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Many corporate companies would like to practice Organic Gardening either on Terraces or Ground based on space availability. Software companies like Tricosys, Arizona, Tech Mahindra, Infosys & L & T are companies who have expressed interest for Workshop in their premises as a part of HR or Sustainability activities. These companies benefit in terms of :-

  1. Waste management of canteen organic waste.
  2. De-stressing for employees.
  3. Healthy activity for employees.
  4. Community & Team participation.
  5. Productive utilization of corporate space for food production & waste management
  6. Reduce heating of terraces thereby reducing the need to run Air Conditioners on low temperature. This saves electricity bills too.

Ask UrbanSoil as how you can reap above as well as other benefits from Mother Nature. UrbanSoil conducts workshops for Corporate companies to train their employees to grow their own food in workplaces. Moments of Tech Mahindra workshop.

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Gardening when practiced in schools brings students & children closer to nature. Schools Gardens are great place to learn various aspects of science embedded in nature. This helps the students to apply the science within nature to sustain & thrive life. Gardening is popular in Western countries where the students connect to food deeply understanding the ill effects of disconnection with food. The effect of GM & Pesticides has caused greater ills to the coming generation.

Sustainable Living, UrbanSoil & Bluewiss are passionate to guide schools & colleges to setup landscapes organic gardens which becomes learning place for every generation to connect with Food, Soil, Air, Water, Birds, Animals, Insects & Mother Nature. Children learning principles of Ecology & Sustainable Gardening go long way to become future leaders by helping all to grow their own food.

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The pattern of Gardening in Farms has been practiced throughout the planet in traditional times. These gardens have a mixed variety of plants grown which includes Herbs, Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, Grains & Grasses. UrbanSoil develops & designs such Acreage Gardens to target self sufficiency of Land Owner.

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