The other day I was strolling in the evening as the sun was just setting down on my terrace. As I was breathing in the freshness of the numerous potted plants which are there on my terrace, I was looking at the rooftops of the densely populated neighborhood I am staying in. I was surprised to see that there is a lovely green cover over the entire neighborhood, almost all of it. Everyone has grown some substantial amount of plants in the open spaces of their rooftops.
And that my mind wondering. Why people naturally are getting so inclined to add a substantial amount of greenery on every open space they can find in their homes, particularly rooftops ? This is becoming a fast developing trend particularly in the urban density where the feeling always has been of living in a concrete jungle. While enumerating the reasons of it, I find myself getting the answers why my rooftop is also no exception 🙂 So, let’s find out why we love and practice rooftop gardening so religiously.
1. Love Of The Natural Green Environment
Yes, we love nature and natural surroundings. No matter how advanced we become, how much technology dependent we need to be, how much time we have to spend in concrete jungles for various reasons, like every other life forms, we survive best in natural surroundings. With less and less greenery in the urban landscapes, we try to find every possible space to make our surroundings green. With paucity of space becoming a major problem in cities around the world, rooftop gardens are fast becoming popular because they naturally provide the green environment we seek for all the times.
2. Rooftop Gardens Are Natural Air Purifiers
As conscious we are about air pollution, particularly those of us living in cities, we know that green plants provide oxygen in our surroundings as they absorb the harmful gases and other bacterial elements from the air. As in cities the harmful emissions provide serious health hazards every day throughout the world, we are fast understanding the importance of increasing the green cover which can play a big role in balancing the control in the environment we are leaving in. As I see in my neighborhood rooftops, the amount of green cover residents have put up, I feel very happy that we are becoming environment conscious by leaps and bounds.
3. Rooftop Gardens Grow Faster In Abundance Of Nature
My mother has always told me that plants thrive better and grow faster in abundant sunlight, air and natural rainwater. All these are found a plenty in rooftops and that’s why we love to set our favorite plants in our terrace gardens and watch them grow fast right in front of our eyes. No matter what your gardens consist of, how well you look after your plants, rooftops provide abundant natural resources 24*7, and that’s how my plants on my terrace develop and grow fast to provide such varied reasons to rejoice. I hope, you all feel the same way too 🙂
4. Rooftop Gardens Provide Every Bit Of Color In A Grey World
We live in a grey world, of concrete, and we can’t do much about it. Except, we can make it colorful by incorporating our favorite colors anywhere as we wish to. And the same goes for our gardens and plants, and our rooftop gardens can provide some real natural wonders in various colors, if we choose our plants and flowers carefully. If we add abundant amount of roses, chrysanthemums, petunias, begonias and many other, they will surely add their dash of brilliance in addition to every shade of green available there 🙂 And that riot of colors surely drives us to set up our rooftop gardens and be crazy about them.
5. Rooftop Gardens Are The Best Stress Busters
And I can tell you with due responsibility that the above disclaimer is true to the very core. I have experienced it and I know, many of you have. Just spend an hour in your rooftop garden, take some strolls, sit down for sometime with coffee or books, listen to some music, or spend some time with friends and family with your plants and flowers and herbs and shrubs around you, and that can refresh your mind like anything 🙂 I have seen my neighbors doing the same in their rooftop gardens, and I try to spend as much time daily in my garden, and that gives me all the energy I need to go through the daily challenges of life. Once again, we humans love nature naturally and we must give back what we take from our Earth. The greenery we give back to the nature improves our health as well as our favorite blue planet’s health.
We cannot be blind towards environmental issues. It is our environment, and we need to fix it before it goes out of our hands further and further. I am not saying rooftop gardens are the best and the only solution for environmental problems, but they, if set up on every house and commercial establishment in every city across the world, that will create huge effect in bringing back some balance in the amount of green cover that we are destroying on a daily basis and the environmental pollution caused in the process.. I hope you will all agree with me on that one 🙂 And I know many of you are enjoying your rooftop gardens in whatever form they are. Tell me your stories about your green environment in the comment section below and let’s connect. Thank you 🙂 Till next time, stay safe and healthy.
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