Its almost mid of April and we all have started facing the summer which is getting hotter day by day. Once again the market will get flooded with air conditioners and coolers and probably most of us have got ready with them to beat the heat. But hey, did anyone heard of combating this scorching heat with plants ? Yes, with the advancement in horticulture and agriculture technology it is even possible for metros and cities to combat the summers with these Climate Smart Gardens. Don’t worry if you haven’t planned a separate garden space. Follow these simple ways to get cooler homes and offices!
Let climbers climb your wall- We all are familiar with climbers in our homes. Money plants, English Ivy, Syngonium are known for their high carbon dioxide absorption capacity. These plants are quite adaptable to the environment and are efficient in decreasing the temperature. These climbers can even be grown in small pots or jars, therefore ideal for indoors as well.
Deep rooted plants- Deep rooted plants have a much greater impact on climate as compared to any other plants. There roots could store water in them for years and remain green in summer even without watering. So what say about getting Wild Roses for your Climate-Smart Gardens, this summer!
Create variation- Don’t go monotonous to develop Climate Smart Gardens. Create space for variety with plants that can easily adapt to summers and even consume less water. Bougainvillea, Euphorbia, Gaillardia are some of the best drought tolerant plants that bloom all through the summers.
Balcony and Kitchen Gardens- This is the best way to create Climate Smart Gardens which are very soothing to our eyes too. We all are familiar with the plants like Basel (Tulsi), Aloe-vera, Mint for their medicinal uses. But we were unknown of the fact that these plants also absorb lots of carbon dioxide and help in reducing the temperature. You can easily grow these plants in pots alongside kitchen windows and balconies.
Unpaved Gardens- We all know that ground water gets recharged during rains and get stored there for a long time. This process is much required to get hold of usable water but the paved areas create interference and do not let water go inside the ground. This results in lack of soil moisture and eventually drying up of vegetation nearby. So, try to keep your garden area simply open or less paved for a Climate Smart Garden.
Reduce your lawn area- Yes, you heard it right! While all of us love to sit in the green grass and spend evenings, it does a little good to our climate. Grass can not hold water in it and therefore requires frequent watering. It takes a lot of water to maintain these grasses in summer without getting much benefit for climate. So better, replace your velvet grass with shrubs, climbers or even trees to get a Climate Smart Garden!
Indoor Gardens- We have always underestimated indoor plants to be equally efficient in supplying oxygen like an outdoor one. Lady Palm, Snake plant, Spider plants have proven climate friendly for their high air purifying abilities and absorbing toxic gases. Ideal for homes and offices, these are highly efficient in reducing surrounding temperature from one to two degrees.
Use kitchen waste for garden- Kitchen waste including waste water, fruit and vegetable peels can be the best ever manures for plants. Kitchen waste generally contain useful organics and microbes that are helpful in plant growth. So, without spending any extra money your Climate Smart Garden is ready to bloom. Just make sure not to use sugar and oil containing items to prevent the attack of ants!
Roof top Gardens- Fed up with the heated terrace in the blazing sun in summers ? Roof top gardens are the most easiest and efficient way to control the heating up of homes. Just cover the roofs and terraces with pots and small plants under the shade of bigger plants. If possible, try to cover the plants using green nets. Hibiscus, Palm, Begonia will prove to be ideal for your Rooftop Climate Smart Gardens.Leave dried leaves near trees- Dried leaves help the plant to absorb moisture from the atmosphere and act as their natural manure. So next time, don’t sweep the dried leaves near the plants and the trees for climate smart garden.