Hi, I am very new to gardening and I was going through various threads in the forum. It helped me immensely to gather knowledge. However, I am stuck with some questions. Here are my plans and situations. It will help me if anyone can guide me through my questions. May be it is too much all at a time, so spare me please. 🙂
Option 1: Going Organic Way
a) I plan to use coco peat, compost and manure in 1:1:1 ratio. Is this good to hold plants like tomatoes ?
b) I can make a structure with 4 feet in length and 4 feet in width and height of 18 inches. How much KG of cocopeat, compost and manure is needed to fill this volume (4*4*1.6 = 25.6 cubic foot). ? It will really help me calculate load an cost.
c) Organic fertilizers and fertilization schedule for plants and soil.
Option 2: Going Inorganic Way
a) Mix coco peat, perlite and vermiculite in 2:1:1 ration. Is this good to hold plants like tomatoes ?
b) The structure will be same as above mentioned (25.6 cubic foot). How much KG of coco peat, perlite and vermiculite needed in the ration of 2:1:1 ?
c) Without using drip system can nutrients be fed through hand watering ?
d) Nutrients and nutrients schedule for plants and soil.
Please note, I plan to make a terrace garden. I have approx 300 sq ft . But I right now I only plan with 16 sq ft. When it will be big I will consult a structural engineer. Hydroponics will not be an option as I will not be allowed to use the extra electricity.
Thanks GG for this nice forum.
Go for cocopeat perlite, vermiculite is not necessary. cocopeat compressed 5kg block will expand to 75 litres of media. from litres you can easily convert to cubic foot. Use 10% perlite in volume.
Nutrients can be fed through hand watering.
Nutrients and schedule is a detailed topic. we can cover this later in a dedicated post.
Hope this helps
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