So you want to start a kitchen garden? – Part I – Where to get what

Like I have been postponing on writing a post on how to start a kitchen garden, I am sure few of you who are reading this have already postponed starting a garden of your own. Oh and I am sure you have plenty of valid reasons for postponing. Few people have lots of space both terrace and land and few like me have lots of passion but less space. It doesn’t matter. So if you have been toying with the idea of gardening and always wanted a push, here it is.. “Just get off your butt and start diggin!”

To start a vegetable garden, you need lots of stuff. Here is the list of things that you need to begin with.

  • Seeds/Plants [ Vegetables, Flowers]
  • Pots/Seedling trays
  • Potting mix/Compost  [ Cocopeat, Perlite, Vermiculite]
  • Watering cans/sprayers
  • Fertilizers( Organic or Inorganic)

In this Part I of multipart series, I am going to share what you need to buy and where. I have spent hours and hours of phone calls/searching the net to find what I want. It is really frustrating to not get what we want and sometimes this can stop one from continuing gardening. Hence I thought I would first write a post on where to get what.

I will also try to put exact address/map where ever possible.

We will go through the list of items one by one.

Seeds/Plants

Fortunately In Bangalore, there are plenty of places that you get good quality seeds of different vegetables and flowers. Here we will see the list of places that sell them.

 

Garden Guru Store:

 

Store Timings:   Morning : 10am-2pm

Evenings: 4pm-9pm

We are open on all days

Store Address:

Garden Guru Store

Shop #4, Krisnnamurthy Complex,

60 feet Road, Shanbhough Nagappa Layout

(Opposite to Eagle Offset Printers)

Bilekahalli, Bangalore 560076

Phone: 080-42121000

Lalbagh:

It needs no introduction. It is a great landmark and to get there just call an auto and tell him to take to Lalbagh. Take the double road gate and after going little further inside Lalbagh, on your Left you can see NurseryMen Co-op. They sell all types of vegetable seeds and flower seeds. Vegetable seeds range from Rs 10 upto 100. You also get whole lot of accessories there. They have plastic pots, propagation trays, organic pesticides, Horse Manures, Compost, Neem cake, and a lot more. Make a visit once and you will return with goodies for your garden.

Potting Mix/Compost

You get good potting mixes in the following places

Garden Guru Store:

Accessories

You get all kinds of accessories like watering cans, sprayers, cutters secateurs, shovel, etc.

Lalbagh

More on Part II

gg

Related posts:

  1. Seed starting spinach HOWTO
  2. Update on Spinach
  3. Container choices
  4. My Visit to Dept of Horticulture and a lil something….
  5. Going Organic!

79 comments to So you want to start a kitchen garden? – Part I – Where to get what

  • GG – DoH location is not correct, it is still further down towards Bannerghatta side near Meenakshi Temple.

  • Hi GG,
    I don’t know whether you got hydroton or not, but the address which I had given you earlier do not have it in the stock anymore, however I found the Ratanshi agro, Mumbai ( 022-23723296) imports it from Europe, I called them up and they told me that they can send it to you once they receive the MO for the same. Let me know if this works for you, if not I can send it to you.
    -FG

  • Rashmi CN

    Dear Geek,
    You almost read my mind and have made this blog to suit my needs.
    In past one week, I have been reading blogs and other websites with such information and collecting them in a word document.
    In case you need I could mail it to you.
    I shall take some of the information from your blog with your permission into the document.
    You are doing a great job with such information sharing.
    Thanks a lot

  • sangeeta

    hello,

    I am garden enthusiast from delhi (though my garden is limited to two small balcones)
    wanted to know if we can order small quantity of seeds from annadana.com

    thanx
    sp

    • geekgardener

      @Sangeeta,

      The way annadana.com operates is, you purchase a membership package from them ( like Homegardener, Marginal farmer, …) you get seeds as compliments. Say for homegardener package, they give 15 packets of seeds you choose. What is the quantity you are looking at?

      Thanks
      gg

      • sangeeta

        Hello,

        Actually i have checked with annadana.com their seed packets contain 80 -100 seeds for tomatoes & brinjal & 500 seeds for lettuce way too much for me , i just want 5-10 seeds for toms -brinjal & may be 15 -20 seeds for lettuce

        regards
        sp

        • geekgardener

          Hello Sangeeta,

          I couldn’t think of any vendor who sells only 5-10 seeds in india. In some markets, you might get seeds in loose.( There are few seed companies abroad that sell a pack of 15-20 seeds). Also, you need to consider the germination percentage of the seeds. Not all the seeds germinate. Usually it is about 70% but it is highly dependent on the variety, weather etc. You are better off joining with a friend and sharing the seeds.
          gg

  • kalyani

    Dear GG,
    Thanks a lot for all the information.Its very kind of you to share your knowledge with others.It will save a lot of time for me.I want to ask you a few questions regarding growing roses.
    a.Can the soilless mix of cocoa peat vermiculite ,perlite be mixed with the soil
    which you get from nurseries?
    b.What is the minimum size of container for the rose plant?
    c.Can organic fertilizer and inorganic fertilizer (rose mix) be used together for the same plant?
    d.The potting mix is quite costly (Rs.45 per K.g).After how long repotting should be done?
    Once again thanks for the information.

    • geekgardener

      @Kalyani,

      Thanks for the comment.
      a) Mixing soilless mixture with soil will completely defeat the purpose soilless mix is for. Esp when Perlite and vermiculite is mixed with soil, they become mushy and they lose their waterholding and porosity property. Coco peat can be mixed with soil and it will losen the soil.
      b) I have button roses in 6inch container and the bigger ones in 10″ dia and 12″ deep container.
      c) Organic and Inorganic fertilizers can be mixed. Ensure they dont result in too much fertilizer being added.
      d) Ideally, repotting is not something that need to be done periodically. It depends on the plant and the rate at which it grows. The sign that a pot needs repotting would be a) thick roots visible on the surface of the soil and roots come out through the water drainage hole. The plant will have pot bound roots.

      Hope this helps
      gg

  • Binita Mehta

    Hi GG,
    Current blog is the greatest help for new bees like me. [:)]. Everything is available in Bangalore but to find the proper place is real pain. Waiting for Part II ..

    Regards,
    Binita

  • Binita Mehta

    Hi gg,

    Can we grow lemon in container??

    • geekgardener

      Hi Binita,

      Yes, by all means. Though I havent grown one myself, I have seen many growing lemons in container. There special varieties as well.

      gg

  • Asha

    Hi GG,

    Thanks to you, I got some cocopeat blocks. Looking forward to your soil mixes post :)
    Regards,
    Asha

  • hi GG, Glad to see you with very useful post. I’ve a news from my side as well, friend of mine (jayveer) purchased seeds in online -http://seedsandmore.net/ and trying few rare varieties of flowers. Latest update is, the seeds germinated well, just thought of sharing with you.
    -MK

  • Hi gg,

    Nice post. Do the ‘Annadana Seed savers’ have any outlets here in Bangalore ?

  • Jeanne

    This is a wonderful resource. Thanks so much, gg!

  • mahesh kumar

    hey gg!
    im not able to get chemicals for my deep water hydroponics .i have potassium nitrate and calicum nitrate im not able to get sulphates etc ..will potassium nitrate and calicum nitrate do?

  • Wilma

    Please add me to your mailing list

  • Shankar

    Hi GG,

    Why do you use soil-less potting mixtures? Are there any advantages that they have?

    Your blog is very informative. I am sure you will inspire lot of people. One of them is myself :)

    • geekgardener

      Shankar,

      Thanks. The reasons I use soilless are
      1) easy to work with
      2) light weight- easy to carry
      3) doesn’t stain the floor.
      4) Infection free(mostly).

      Glad you found this blog useful.

      gg

  • Pattu

    Hi,
    I came via Bhagwad’s blog.
    I appreciate your generosity to share the knowledge.
    ( I got rebuffed many times , when I sought some tips. I even searched for good mali, but could not get one where I live.. All I got was smug smiles.)
    I am encouraged to use my terrace with kitchen garden plants this year..
    Thanks.

    • geekgardener

      Hi Pattu,

      Welcome to my blog. Good to hear that you are gonna start terrace gardening. Post the pictures as you progress..

      gg

  • Archana

    Hi GG,
    Your blog is very informative. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.
    I stay in mumbai, i want to start a balcony garden in my home.
    Where can i get all the required materials in Mumbai?
    Please help.

    Thanks

    Archana

    • geekgardener

      Hello Archana,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I am not too sure about shops in Mumbai. You can contact
      Ratanshi Agro – Hortitech
      175, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Opp. Byculla Rly Station (East)
      Mumbai-400027
      Maharashtra
      Phone No 022 – 23723296

      Let me know how it goes. Also you can get in touch with my blogger friend from Pune: http://fungardener.wordpress.com/ . He might be able to help you out.

      Thanks
      GG

  • ARUL

    Hi gg,
    your blog is fantastic! For a long time i have been thinking of gardening, but did not know how to start with. My few attempts to grow spinach and few other things were not successful. The soil in the pot will become too wet, pests leave holes in the leaves, etc.
    Now I am inspired after reading thro’ your blog. Keep up your good work.
    I live in Chennai. I do not know where to get these pot mix. Please let me know if you have any info. on this. Also any of the blog readers could help me.
    Is it possible to get small quantity for 2 or 3 pots? Thanks for help.
    Arul

    • geekgardener

      Hi Arul,

      Thanks. You can make your own basic potting mix quite easily. Just mix red soil + sand + compost or manure in equal proportion. Its as simple as that. I am not too sure where in chennai you might get ready made potting mix. Check with Chandramouli of http://inartliesmyheart.blogspot.com/ . He might be able to help you. He has an eye for gardening materials in chennai :) .

      gg

  • Ramya S

    Hi everyone..

    I’m more than happy to come across your site. I’m stunned by the amount
    of information that it presents.
    I’ll soon come up with many doubts, queries, etc. Hope you guys are there to help me out.
    By then i’ll read your previous blogs.

    Ramya

    • geekgardener

      Hi Ramya

      Welcome to my blog. Please do ask any questions you might have and also check out the posts/comments to see if they have been already answered. This will save time for both of us.

      good luck
      gg

  • Ramya S

    good luck everyone!!

  • anaheeta

    Hi GG,

    I too live in Bangalore and I am fascinated by your blog…haven’t stopped reading it for the past 3 hours…I have a terrace garden and love to potter around. Right now am trying to find large cement pots to grow my bougainvillea…i want a bougainvillea profusion and I believe the pot size matters a lot. What size of pot would u suggest for one plant and where can i get really large cement pots in Bangalore. Also, when is your next gardening workshop – i def want to be there!

    Anaheeta

  • Suresh Samuel

    Hi GG,

    Good to see that knowledge is shared in your blog.I have done some work on bio degradable plastics & would love to apply them in agriculture. Would need your thoughts. Regards, Samuel

  • Sheeja

    Hi GG,

    Inspired by your blog,I too started thinking of vegetable garden. We went and bought some plants (roses and jasmine) and seeds (spinach, chilli, okra). I replanted the roses and jasmines into new pots and I use only the red soil (didnt use sand or compost) in the pot yesterday. Do I need to put some fertilizers this point in time? And for seed starting, where can I get the soilless starting mix in Bangalore. I live near KR Puram. Thanks Sheeja

  • Hi to all
    we just bought a flat ( oof atlast ) and we were blessed with 400 SFT of open space. yesterday we bought the pots and other material . today i landed on this blog.. i missed it by a day.. would like to utilise all the inputs to start off with some flowers and some vegetables on this terrace..
    Raghu

  • Sarachandran P K

    Fantastic. Usefull.
    I am new to Banglore. Living in BTM layout. Needs Palak seeds. Help me with nearest available seed selling point and phone no.

  • raji

    Very informative article.Nice that you share the knowledge .When you share it multipliess.

  • rashida

    Hi GG,
    IT WAS GREAT FINDING UR BLOG.I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF STARTING A VEGETABLE GARDEN IN MY BALCONY BUT NEVER HAD THE COURAGE OR RATHER INITIATIVE OF STARTING IT BUT AFTER JUST COMING ACROSS ON UR BLOG I BEEN GREATLY MOTIVATED TO DO SO AGAIN BECAUSE I HAVE MANY TIMES BEFORE HV GOT PLANTS FRM NURSERIES BUT AFTER SOME MONTHS THEY ALL DIE OR GET INFECTED SO NOW I WANNA START GARDENING BACK AFTER READING UR INFORMATIVE BLOGS.THANX FOR THIS SITE WHICH I KNW WILL REALLY HELP ME IN THE LONG RUN.

    • Hi,

      Glad to hear that you got motivated after reading my blog.

      The reason why plants die and wither away after we buy it from the nursery is that we dont take care of the plants that well like the nursery men do. the plants are fed properly with nutrients and pesticides to prevent them from insects and diseaeses.

  • Presitha

    Hi Gg,

    This blog is very interesting. Really impressed and will visit frequently.

    I live in Bangalore. I have been longing to start a vegetable garden on my terrace. Want to start with any one climber ( Bitter gourd / Snake Gourd / cucumber / pumpkin …..).

    Request you advice to make pot mix, fertilizer, protecting from pets, watering and other take care methods.

    Thanks and regards
    Presitha

    • Presitha

      Hi GG,

      I purchased vegetable seeds ( Knolkhol, Brinjal and Cucumber ) from Lal Bhagh. They did not Cocopeat in stock and were not sure when this will come either. The person in the counter did not know that Perlite was. They did not have Vermiculate. I want to use soil less pot mix. Please can you let me know where in Bangalore I can get Cocopeat. And how much approximately it costs.

      Thanks and regards,
      Presitha

  • Does the nursery inside Lalbagh keep watering cans? need availability info on watering cans please!

  • KTP

    Excellent Blog. Very informative. Get encouraged a lot to try new things. Do you know anyone who conducts workshop for garden enthusiasts in Mumbai?

    Tried your mint from cutting idea and it worked. Thanks.

  • Dear GG,

    Very informative blog for people like me who want to start green roof garden. I am finishing my house construction. looking to start roof garden in Hyderabad. Please provide me the places to get things for it in Hyderabad.

    regards
    Dr Raja Sekhar

  • Manisha

    Hi Geekgardener,
    Thanks for all the info in this blog. I am just starting a organic terrace garden in South Bangalore. Went to Lalbagh today and got organic seeds and pesticide. Just wanted to mention for other readers that Lalbagh has a co-op where non-organic and hybrid seeds are sold. They do have organic pesticides and manure, though. There is a seperate store right inside the double road entrance where organic seeds are available. It is called Jaivik Mall. They sell organic products and produce.

    Happy gardening,
    Manisha

  • Time

    Hi,

    Wanted to know about the load bearing capacity of the terrace. Normally, when we build house, we would not have taken these into consideration. Now if I use my full terrace for gardening with whole lot of sand, soil etc., will it have any problem? Please let me know.

    Thanks in advance,
    Time.

  • kusumanand

    my flowering plants like rose bouganvillae hibiscus have stopped flowering.I am watering them regularly.Please advise what is wwrong

  • Sathya

    Hi,

    I have been looking around for Chakota greens seeds around my locality in Marathalli / Sarjapur Road. Could please help me get them or direct me to a store that has them. I will be very grateful :)
    Sathya

  • kalpana

    HI GG
    i am from Hyderabad do u have any idea where will i get vegetable seeds
    kalpana

  • poongi

    gg,
    I’m in chennai.
    I want to get the soil mix, do u have any idea where i can get it?
    I’ve got a 7 inches deep tray and I’m planning to grow greens like palak…….

  • Saga

    Hi GG,
    Thank you so much for these info.

    I have started a small garden on the terrace, but there are few monkeys in our layout who are eating all my rose flowers regularly..
    Do you any idea how to stop these moneys to eat the flowres?

    Thanks in advance!
    Regards,
    Saga

  • uma j

    Hi GG,
    I find your blog very useful and a great help for a beginner like me. We have a lot of place for gardening. Recently we grew tomatoes the plants grew well but I find them withering and tomatoes are withering prematurely.. what can be the reason??

    uj

  • Shilpa

    Hi – What are the timings of Lalbagh nursery?

    thanks, Shilpa

  • Shilpa

    Hi – I am looking for a variety of succulents and cacti for my garden? Where can I find them in Bangalore? Most nurseries have little or no variety.

    Thanks, Shilpa

  • Sandhya

    The blog very very useful. Thank you so much for the information. I have been thinking to plant vegetables in my garden but didnt had info on where to buy seeds, manures.. Now, with this info, immediately i will start and post questions/doubts I get. Thank you so much again.

  • N H RAO

    i am interested in kitchen gardening and bonsai pl send details

  • Brindha

    Hi,

    Appreciate your blog for writing about the ABCs of gardening. Had been to the store a couple of times and started a veg garden in my balcony using cocopeat and vermicompost.The seeds have sprouted well within less time.
    Can you detail when exactly do the plants need neem spray and panchagavya? Is it appropriate to use panchagavya for all plants irrespective of the type?
    –tapers like carrots and radish,spinach,tomatoes,ochra,chilly.Any other nutrient additions you would suggest?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Sundeep

    Hi GG,

    I am glad to have come across your blog which is very informative and useful. I am planning a vegetable garden in my balcony. I stay in a place called Nagarbhavi. Can you please suggest any reputed stores like yours where i can purchase seeds, soil less medium, and other gardening tools in Bangalore west like Vijayanagar, Rajajinagar, Chandra layout, Basweshwarnagar etc.

    Rgds,
    Sundeep

  • Lester

    Hi,
    Glad I found this post, can anyone help me with some info on how and where can we get fruits seeds, I need a variety of them.

    Regards,
    Lester

  • chandrika

    i live in kathriguppe.
    i have very less space in my apartment.

    i want to grow coriander, tomatoes, capsicum and green chillies.

    can you please help me with container types and sizes.

    as for the seeds, i am planning to use dried dhaniya for coriander and fresh seeds from the ohter 3 vegetables.

    i have a 3 yr old daughter, so i wnat to keep my balcony pest free.

    please suggest the type of compost i should use to keep my garden pest free.

    awaiting your reply, eagerly.
    because the opening of my garden depends on your reply :)

    thanks in advance,
    chandrika.

  • Hi GG
    Wonderful blog and enthusiasm. I had some parwal plants bought all the way from Bihar, but they died when cement and molten welding iron fell on them from the neighbour’s house. I’m constructing a new home with small garden spaces. The parwal is a sort of small gourd with stripes, and pretty expensive in Bangalore. These grow from cuttings. Can I find any in Bangalore? And what about loquat? I have a couple of seedlings growing from seeds but they don’t look healthy. Just an inch tall at the moment and looking quite dry. Any help much appreciated. A final question – is “DIP” good for plants? All these nurseries say they use it to make plants flower.

    Thanks
    Anita

  • Anaheeta, you can also get large cement pots on Sarjapur Road after WIPRO.

    Best
    Anita

  • krishna

    Hi, A very good afternoon to you, this is Krishna from Mumbai, The summers have set in.

    Some time back I was seeing news about hydroponics. Did Research for a week. Actually I have some flower plants already on my terrace.

    So now I feel I’m a bit informed to take my first serious step towards farming. I’m planning to buy all the stuff from Ratanshi’s Mumbai. I’ve the following queries :

    1. Ratio for soilless mix Proposed : coco peat(94%) + Compost(5%) + Vermiculite(0.5%) + Perilite (0.5%) !
    Pl suggest?

    2. Plants/Vegetables that can be grown in march in the humid weather of Mumbai? I’m planning to grow spinach, coriander, mint, tomatoes, mushroom.

    3. Plants that can be grown in 5 liter/ 10 liter / 15 or 20 liter containers?

    I would like to congratulate you , for coming up with the best resource on gardening in Indian conditions . This is the most informative resource available online. Specially the comments section .

    I’m using maxi grow and phoskill, on my roses , is that fine ?

    Thanks,

  • Pradeep Kumar Bhagvandas

    Sir(s),

    Please add me to your mailing list. I wish to be kept informed on the latest developments in hydroponics. Thanks and Regards, Pradeep

  • Thara

    Hi,

    I am crazy about gardening from childhood. I was born and brought up in Coimbatore, where in our house there we did not have enough space to grow plants. I saw a passion fruit climber in my neighborhood there and from that time I wanted to grow a passion fruit climber.

    Now I am married and I am in Bangalore, BEL Colony. Here space is there but a big mango tree has spread its roots everywhere and so no plants grow on the ground. I am try my interest in pots.

    Please say whether passion fruit can be gown in pots and where the seeds/grafts will be available.

    I saw your mails and was very much impressed. I had enquired about these passion fruit seeds to many people, but no one was able to give any useful inforation. If you know a proper source from where we can get the seeds/grafts, please mail me.

    Also, please add my id to your list and share all the information regarding gardening and your workshops conducted, so that I would like to attend all your workshops.

    Thara

  • Srihari

    Hi GG… I have just recently started gardening after I moved in to my new home….I missed the previous sessions of Oota From Your Thota…..I eagerly waiting from the next session….considering the great response you received…do you plan of conducting one this year….?

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  • Aparna

    Hi gg,
    I have 2 balconies in my flat. I want basic information about kitchen gardening. How to start?

  • Aparna

    If any class is der for kitchen gardening please inform me.

  • S Ramalingam

    Hi Arul,

    You can get even one pot with garden mix from Horticultural agency located on Radhakrishnan salai . When you go from US consulate into Radhakrishnan salai it is on your lefthand side.

    Some time back I purchased one pot for Rs 60/- ( pot – Rs30 & soil mix for Rs 30/-

    Wish you a happy gardening

    ramalingam

  • Hi Anaheeta,

    Welcome to my blog.

    For container size, it really depends on the kind of plants. Bougainvillea being a perennial shrub. I would use a large container of say about 20L+ volume. You can also grow them in smaller ones but they might need frequent repotting.

    Which part of Bangalore you are from?. There are few cements pots sellers on the road side near Bannerghatta, Banashankari etc. I will let you know regarding the gardening workshop in the coming posts.

    Happy gardening.
    GG

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