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You may not consider me as true gardener for this topic but terrace gardening has its own challenges.

Lack of sufficient light:
This challenge has cropped up recently because of tall buildings coming up in the immediate neighborhood. Earlier the light was restricted for a couple of hours to some area of the terrace because of a big water storage tank constructed on the terrace but was not a very serious problem. With the tall buildings light in the earlier part of the day and in the evenings is restricted and affects some plants. The solution is to rotate the position of affected container plants by shifting them to get better sunshine.

Neighboring plants encroaching on your gardens?
The tall trees in the neighborhood although not encroaching on my garden their leaves and sometimes fruit fall on my terrace and cleaning them becomes additional work.

Lifting heavy material
One serious problem for my terrace garden is carrying heavy material like soil, containers, bricks etc all the way up as the building does not have a lift(Elevator). To reach the terrace one has to climb 84 steps!

My solution
I have partly solved this problem by attaching a pulley to one of the frames of the covered part of the terrace. With this I can pull weight up to 8 Kg by means of a strong rope with a hook attached at the end.

Arthritis of the hand:
This is not a serious problem at present even at the age of nearing 78 in January 2013 and that is because of being health conscious regarding proper eating habits, regular exercise and sufficient rest. Practice of breathing techniques called pranayam is the secret of good health. I had planned to introduce this science of breathing to all who gathered on the big event at Debbie’s house but I could not attend. It is still on my agenda and hope in the next get-together I will be permitted to do it.
Terrace gardening otherwise is a very enjoyable pass time.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein



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Greenthumb

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posted 626 days ago

2 aspirin

the birds do the rest

: ))

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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posted 626 days ago

I wonder if strategically placed mirrors would help bounce light into the shaded areas?

Tree leaves .. as Daltxguy says, “the problem is the solution”; leaves make great mulch/fertilizer!

84 steps?? !! Yikes.. no answer for that. The pulley is very creative but still—84 steps!! That’s a lot of lugging.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 626 days ago

Yes Debbie, the problem is the solution. I have started collecting the leaves for mulching. Soon I will know the results. The placing of mirrors is useful but not practical on the terrace. Thank you for your suggestions. Pulling the material on the pulley is lot of lugging but it is a good exercise and that is why the weight is restricted to 8 kg or less. Aspirin is not the solution Greenthumb. It will only suppress the disease and cause side effects.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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bestofour

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posted 621 days ago

Some type of artificial light source maybe?

I like container gardening but I don’t have the challenge of a terrace.

I am an RN and worked at a center for pain medicine. The doctors told people to take glucosamine chrondroitin for arthritis pain. Worth a try???

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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sharad

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posted 619 days ago

Following is what I found from: http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/glucosamine.html

Chondroitin appears to be useless. Whether glucosamine is useful is conflicting, but the best-designed studies are negative. This usually means that negative evidence will eventually prevail. Decisions to use glucosamine must be based on information that is less complete than is desirable. In addition, product quality control may be a significant problem. Here’s my advice:

The first step in seeking care for arthritic symptoms should be to obtain a competent diagnosis.
The next step should be to explore the pros and cons of treatment options with a competent physician.
If you decide to try glucosamine anyway, have a knowledgeable physician guide how you do it. Consumer Reports, ConsumerLab.com, or your physician can help in choosing the product.
Regard chondroitin as worthless.
Ignore any practitioner or seller who promises a “miracle cure” for arthritis.
Never buy a dietary supplement in response to a solicitation by mail or though s radio or television ad.
Shop carefully for price. The Puritan’s Pride mail-order division, which has frequent “2-for-1” and “3-for-one” sales, sells products that cost only $4 to $5 per month. (Be sure, of course, to ignore claims the company makes for its products. No seller of dietary supplements, herbs, or homeopathic remedies should be trusted for advice on whether they are useful.)

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 618 days ago

I think you have met your challenges of gardening on the terrace marvelously, Sharad. Your quest for knowledge and your willingness to experiment allow you see that your challenges are really opportunities.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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bestofour

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posted 608 days ago

Perhaps these people had a placebo effect because the doctors were so positive the chondroitin worked. One of the doctors has some type of muscle disease with joint pain who takes it and says it’s helped him a lot. Some patients are desperate for hope and a suggestion is all it takes. Interesting.

Back to the topic, what have you done about the light or lack of light situation?

-- The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet

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sharad

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posted 605 days ago

There are many contradictory reports on the use of Chondroitin. I think the best way is to experiment on oneself if you are in need of it and decide if it is effective. A few minutes I received the following Email;

MIRACLE CURE FOR ARTHRITIS
Pensioner discovers ‘miracle cure’ for arthritis after glueing 2p coins to the inside of his shoes

Johnny Franks, 85, read that copper could help him bend his knees so stuck some in his trainers
He said he couldn’t bend his knees but a month after wearing the shoes he is ‘cured’
Experts are split on whether his new soles are actually working

The medical world has long debated whether copper can help ease the pain of arthritis.

While some sufferers swear by a bracelet, others use expensive insoles.

Johnny Franks, however, reckons he’s found the cheapest aid of all – 2p pieces glued to the inside of his shoes.
The 85-year-old has been crippled by arthritis for 15 years and could barely bend his knees without feeling excruciating pain.

But he had a flash of inspiration after reading about the apparent benefits of walking on copper.

Unable to afford the £30 cost of specially made insoles, he came up with his own version by glueing four 2p pieces to a cheap shoe protector.

Those 2p coins minted before 1992 are 97 per cent copper.

Only four weeks later, the father of two – who was an entertainer during World War Two – claims he has been ‘cured’.

He said: ‘At first my arthritis came and went, but in the last couple of years it got really bad.

‘I thought “I wonder whether the copper in 2p pieces could help me?” After a few weeks I thought “wow, this really works”.

‘Now walking is a pleasure and I can move around unlike before.

‘I am walking without any pain and I can lift my leg half way up my body and kick out.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2189890/Arthritis-Pensioner-Johnny-Franks-discovers-miracle-cure-glueing-2p-coins-inside-shoes.html#ixzz2DaFFAoXi
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At present I have not done anything to improve the exposure to sun light for my plants except moving some of the containers.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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