The Incan terrace gardens
The Inca’s most interesting feature was the terrace, which allowed them to grow crops in very steep mountain areas. They used trees and rocks to build “steps” on steep slopes. These flat steps (also called terraces) gave them a flat surface to grow plants on. Without this invention, they wouldn’t have been able to farm because they lived in the steep Andes mountains. The terrace system also allowed the water to trickle down the hillside to water each plant so the Inca didn’t need extra water for growing. The terrace gardens were critical to the Inca because they enabled the people to grow many foods, including corn, potatoes, and quinoa. To sum up, the Inca’s terrace gardens were a brilliant invention because people could farm steep areas without much water.