Definition - What does Floating Garden mean?
As the name suggests, a floating garden hangs above the surface. It can vary in size and area, ranging from private ponds to lakes and rivers. Depending on the location of the floating garden, there are various base materials such as plants, plastics and wood. These gardens host marine and terrestrial plants. Beyond aesthetics, floating gardens can also be used for vegetable growth.
MaximumYield explains Floating Garden
Historical documentation of the usage of floating gardens for agriculture dates dates back to the Aztecs. In present times, areas such as Kashmir in India have floating vegetable gardens.
These floating gardens are grown on a base of roots of weed and grass plants as well as dried bamboo sticks, all of which are favorable to host plant growth in floating conditions. These types of floating vegetable gardens are often favorable and seen in areas that get heavy rainfall with extended rainy seasons. It is seen as a sustainable agriculture approach for states with large areas of wet land.
Floating gardens feature three layers: water, a sub-layer to host the plants and a top layers of edible and aesthetic flora and fauna. These gardens help with water quality, air quality and help combat climate change. Along with hosting aquatic plants, these floating gardens also contribute towards the habitat of frogs, turtles and fish.
In addition to agricultural use, floating gardens have been traditionally used for aesthetic purposes to grow flowers and plants. Plants such as water lilies and lotus, along with many other plants can grow in floating conditions and add a pleasing view to your garden water bodies or larger water bodies in public spaces.