CityGreens Urban Gardening Research Centre - 2017
For the sake of this exercise, since we are also contemplating the potential of producing food for generating revenue, we will only consider a closed environment or a Mini-Greenhouse.
Also, to be as close to reality as possible, we will take data based on the 300 sq. Ft. Urban Gardening Research Centre that we have set-up on our terrace office in Bangalore.
Cost of Expertise
This cost you will incur if you plan to get an experienced professional to design your kitchen garden, help you set it up, and train you on growing and maintaining the plants.
Take time to understand how much grow area you will be getting in a fixed space. In our case, we achieved a grow area to floor area ration of 98%.
Cost of Outer Structure
The second cost head is towards the mini-Greenhouse. The price will vary based on the kind of set-up, the quality and quantity of inputs, and charges for the labor involved. It will be site-specific. For example, if you have a wall that can act as one of the sides or if Green House supports can be attached to a concrete railing/balcony, the cost will be lower. The expenditure will be maximum for a standalone greenhouse not connected to any sidewall or railings or to the roof itself (like the one we have set-up in our office).
Cost of Grow Structure
This cost will also vary depending upon the material used and the layout planned. One can go for simple grow bags placed on the terrace, or a multitude of fancy pots, or a custom-designed waterproof structure. We went for a custom-designed multi-layered, eco-friendly, structure of wood-based waterproof frames. These are costlier than the alternatives, but the objectives we had with our Research center needed specific custom-build elements. In our case, including all the three factors above, it cost us 377 INR p.s.f.
Growing Area vs. Floor Area
How much should your terrace garden cost you?
In the next part of this article, we will cover the cost of growing plants and the revenue-generating potential.