Anil Paul from Patna, Bihar, has been maintaining a terrace garden in his apartment for the past 30 years. His beautiful terrace garden now has over 100 varieties of trees and plants including vegetables, fruits and flowers.
“I started missing the garden that I used to maintain at my previous house. So, I decided to set up a garden on my new apartment’s terrace where we have some space,” Anil said. “Many people in our apartment were inspired by my garden and started growing plants on their terraces. I even taught a few how to do terrace gardening.”
“When we started growing plants on the terrace, there were many who raised objections. But now everyone has started appreciating it. Also, many people living in our society, especially the ones who are retired, visit the garden upstairs to spend their evenings. It gives me great pleasure to watch them,” explains Anil.
Anil who started growing ornamental plants on his terrace garden eventually started growing seasonal vegetables and fruits as well. On the 4800 sqft terrace, Anil has occupied just 1000 sqft and grows his plants in pots, grow bags and on a plant bed made 2 feet above the ground. He grows plum, sapota, orange, pomegranate, strawberry, black guava from Bangkok and an orange variety from Nagpur. “When I bought the sapling of the Nagpur orange from a nursery there, I was told by them that it would not grow in Bihar’s temperature. But after years of hard work and patience, the plant bore fruits,” says Anil.
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