In Telangana, people step up their passion for gardening as urban rooftop gardens become a hit

A few entrepreneurs in Telangana have implemented a new concept – rooftop gardening which has helped them win name and win hearts too.

Kota Elizabeth says the COVID lockdown for months has developed her interest in gardening.

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Now she has a terrace spread over about 1200 square feet and a bountiful garden of leafy vegetables, brinjal, okra and bottle gourd, and fruits ranging from guava, blackberry, fig, berry fruit. passion, miracle fruit, lemon, orange, pineapple, grapes, and even five different varieties of mangoes.

Eli’s World with 6,200 subscribers

The 47-year-old also started a YouTube channel a year ago under the name Eli’s World. With around 6,200 subscribers now and constant engagement with her viewers, she thinks people’s interest in rooftop gardens is on the rise.

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“With zero budget, you can grow anything on your terrace. Through my channel, I share my knowledge and experience in growing vegetables and fruits. As I am passionate about cooking, I make videos on a variety of dishes that can be cooked after harvest,” a B.Com graduate who lives with her family on the outskirts of Secunderabad told The Indian Express.

A Latha is another successful YouTuber, whose terraced garden spans 1,800 square feet.

‘Latha’s Terrace Garden’

She has eight varieties of mangoes, six types of boiled apples, 14 types of guavas, egg fruits, miracle fruits, strawberries, pineapples and several others including five varieties of bananas. ‘Latha’s Terrace Garden’, a YouTube channel now has over 11,000 subscribers.

“Now that the focus is on wellness and immunity, people are realizing the importance of chemical-free fruits and vegetables in their diets. And many people like me have shown how to grow even fruits that are not suitable for our climate on a terrace,” she said.

‘Manikonda Hanumatha Rao Terrace Garden’

Mr Hanumantha Rao, a former military man from Kushaiguda, said he had a passion for growing vegetables and fruits, which took a giant step for him in 2019 when he launched his YouTube channel “Manikonda Hanumatha Rao Terrace Garden”. The channel is Rao’s medium for communicating with his 34,000 subscribers as he answers their questions and even sends them his locally grown seeds by post, free of charge.

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“Before, people were also interested in knowing, but now they are interested and also follow with actions. Once a person sees their plants grow, they will hang on to them for life,” said the 62-year-old, who promotes kitchen compost as a key part of patio gardening.

‘Noorjahan Terrace Garden’

Shaik Noorjahan, 52, “It only takes 20 days to make compost from kitchen scraps. With a little soil and manure, healthy plants can be grown anywhere. Especially after Covid, I get a lot of inquiries from small towns where people prefer naturally grown vegetables to what’s available on the market.

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She started a YouTube channel “Noorjahan Terrace Garden” in 2019 and has 700 videos and over 53,000 subscribers so far.

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Terri S. Tomasini