October 17, 2014
Hi Srikanth ,
I have a small kitchen garden which is used for growing veggies . I feel that the soil has lost it's nutrient capacity and that is showing up in the veggie harvest. Can you please share some tips on how to revitalize the soil and have better output from it .
For eg : Papaya size is pretty small even though the overall tree size is normal .
October 27, 2010
The simplest way to go with kitchen garden would be to use lots of compost regularly. Keep adding compost once in a month and incorporate it in the soil. Try to get various brands / sources of compost. In general, vermicompost gives the nutrients much quicker than Farm Yard Manure (Cow dung manure) but FYM lasts much longer. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Try to aerate the plants root zone once in a while with a small crowbar or khurpi.
Papaya is very heavy feeder hence it needs lots of fertilizers very regularly. If it is not too late, I suggest giving a 2 to 3 kgs of vermicompost every 15 days. You can also go with chemical fertilizers if you wish to but then it will not help in maintaining a good fertile soil.
If you are serious you can also use Jeevamrutham and Panchagavya to increase the microbial activity in the soil.
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