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premlatha18
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August 30, 2012 - 12:47 pm
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Hi,

 i have been growing ornamentals and veggies in garden soil so far, Just have bought a few coco peat blocks and vermicompost and organic manure ...wld a potting mix of 1:1:1 of these three be a good option for growing veggies as well as ornamentals in pots . Or should i add sand or red soil to it ?

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Hi Premlatha,

 

I believe your answer is in your question itself, i.e. 1:1:1 is a good potting mix ratio, but I would let GG and other experienced forum members to comment.

 

Can I request you to let me know what brand of vermicompost and organic manure did you buy? Quantities and price?

If possible could you post a few pictures of the bags and vermicompost/ manure itself? That would be great.

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premlatha18
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Hi,

I actually got it from a wholesaler in chennai .

vermicompost 50 Kg - Rs 350

Organic Manure 50 Kg - Rs 200

i cldnt take a pic now , wld post it shortly . But i tell u the sack is huge . and the quality was also so great .

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Hai,Premlatha I a m now using red soil,cow manure,leaf &vegetable compost in the ratio2:1:2.for potted                               plants.They are doing well.Make your own compost bin it will be cheaper.              

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premlatha18
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I do have a compost pit itself constructed in my backyard , however i wanted to try this once as it contained lots of animal waste  . Thanks for ur inputs .

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Thanks for your info, I am trying to source a 50 kg compost gunny bag, that's whats available here in Gurgaon. Should be similar to the one you got for 350. Is it from some Sugar Mills?

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i got it from a organic product manufacturer ....

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September 6, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Fellow gardeners I have used some cocopeat + manure compost in 1:1 mix & my saplings have grown well in them also the same mix is being used for growing full okra plants & cucumber plant till date they are all alive so I think this works for now. I will try not to add any synthetic NPK and see if the produce is greatly reduced or not. 

Thing with this mix is that it hold lot of water & air. It is much better than soil as Delhi soil is sandy & compacts very fast. 

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October 4, 2012 - 3:46 pm

OMG...i havent even started my vegetable garden and I am just so confused...I decided to get soil and cow manure to begin sowing fenugreek and coriander...But after reading all the posts here and else where...i am confused...will this suffice or should i buy vermicompost?

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Nothing to worry I have dabbled in gardening and was using only soi; and dry cowdung plants did grow only now that I have taken it up more seriously I discovered cocopeat , vermicompost, compost etc .yield is better does not dry up fast the pots are lighter are the advantages as I experience it

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premlatha18 said:

Hi,

I actually got it from a wholesaler in chennai .

vermicompost 50 Kg - Rs 350

Organic Manure 50 Kg - Rs 200

i cldnt take a pic now , wld post it shortly . But i tell u the sack is huge . and the quality was also so great .

Hi Premlatha,

Im from Chennai as well. Would appreciate it if you could  share the address of the wholesaler from where u purchased the vermicompost & manure Did you buy the coco peat blocks from the same person as well? And how much did it cost? 

Thanks.

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hello friends,

i used coco peat block, red soil 3:1 .to this i added biofarm organic fertilizer. seeds started germinating but i feel they are not rooted properly. even if i sprinkle water they slide.

please suggest me what amount of red soil and cocopeat should i use ? i m not able to get compost nearby. any other alternative for compost. can i use coir compost and in what ratio?

 

thanks

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Hi,

What seedlings are they? When did you sow the seeds? How old are the seedlings now?

Coir compost is not fertilizer. You need fertilizer for plants to grow be it organic or inorganic.

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@srikanth

i sowed few radish, carrot, palak, amaranthus, etc  on 27 jan in polythene grow bags. i used biofarm organic fertilizer  150 gram per plant. i have few doubts. in the forum most suggested mix is coco peat blocks and vermicompost and organic manure in  1:1:1 .  what change should i make to add red soil.

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June 26, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Premlatha18

Please share the contact detail of the wholesaler in Chennai. What all you get from the Wholesaler.

Other members from Chennai will benefit too.

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July 17, 2013 - 8:46 pm

indiaramnath said:

Premlatha18

Please share the contact detail of the wholesaler in Chennai. What all you get from the Wholesaler.

Other members from Chennai will benefit too.

You can get Vermicompost bulk from Manidharma biotech - google for info. I am a regular there.

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The Chennai address would help. The vermicompost i purchased last wk was Rs. 175 for 5 kgs.!!!

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September 24, 2013 - 10:42 am

Hi,
I am new to gardening. As suggested in several posts, I am starting with greens and radish. I have a few questions regarding potting mix and containers. I would really appreciate any help here:
1. It's a newbie question, what is red soil? Can I find it in Delhi? A picture of what it looks like would really help
2. How do I ensure good drainage in plastic trays that I am planning to use for my greens? I have failed once, the soil developed mold, and tiny gnat larve ate my coriander seeds. I used coco peat:vermicompost in 1:1 ratio. There are holes at the bottom and I even made some extra ones. Should they be covered with some terracotta pieces? Does putting gravel at the bottom help or it's a no no?
3. I was wondering if the gnat larvae and fungus problem is because of cocopeat or vermicompost. I have got vermicompost from a different source now. Should cocopeat be soaked and washed before use?
4. Where can I find 'well decomposed organic manure' in Delhi/Noida? How can I identify it? Can I use dried cow dung in its place?
5. Where can I find panchagavya in Delhi?

Thanks in advance,
Sanika

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