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viny
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August 29, 2012 - 12:49 pm
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Thanks a lot Snorkel4u & Ramnath. I think i am flooded with information now. Laugh I have been to the RamJohri nursery couple of times to buy cow dung manure and found they have a limited variety of plants. Also these guys don't deal in to NPK and seeds etc.

 

Aahuti I am staying quite close to you. You can share your contact details on viny_eyes@yahoo.com and we can surely plan to catch up.I bought some earthen pots through my society gardner and had a very bad experience with them. Their outer taxture started disintegrating soon after I filled them with potting mix and started watering. With less then one month their outer design was vanished. It seems they are not fired enough and hence the mud is getting crumbled once it comes in touch with water. Don't know how to check this thing while buying new set of pots. If you guys have any suggestions plz share.

 

Another update is :- There is new detailed post on my personal blog on "Zero cost composting in your balcony with kitchen waste" dedicated to organic home composting. Will share the pics of my plants shortly.

 

Would love be in touch with you all for learning together and sharing our experiences

 

Have a colorful gardening..

Viny

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Hey, I had the same problem when i bought a couple of earthern pots. I now use plastic pots though I really dont like them much. For some indoor plants I use ceramic pots which come in many colours and patterns. They are very sturdy and clean. Look fwd to some pictures.

 

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Their outer taxture started disintegrating soon after I filled them with potting mix and started watering. With less then one month their outer design was vanished.

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I think Plastic pots are a good alternative, aren't they? They are a good deal lighter than earthen pots, and easy to move around.

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Of course they are but somehow I have a special liking for the earthen pots. Have never bought plastic pots as of now though I had some cement ones which worked well.

BTW can you suggest the tentative prices for 10 inch, 12 inch and 16 inch plastic pots..

 

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I think I buy the 12" one's for 40 bucks a piece.

the smaller 8 inches black one's are 15 bucks. Need to check measurements though

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Hi all,

Here is the album of my compost setup and few of the plants. Am shifting from my current house so coudn't capture all the plants as some of them are alreday in the new house but have captured at least all the ones which have been growing on the nutrition from my home made compost.

 

Would love to have your comments.

 

Regards..

Viny

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@viny I am making an entry into  home composting in bins from your pics I have a doubt

 

In the compost container left open all the time?

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No you have to cover them for getting decomposed. You can read more on this on my personal blog - "Zero cost composting in your balcony with kitchen waste"

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thanks viny that is useful ,I guess my mistake is not making holes at the bottom will it drip on the floor any excess water?

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It may drip. But water to this extent would also deteriorate the compost. you have to be careful about the water content in the bin.

Anyways you can use an old plastic plate as a base for the bin.

 

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Viny

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I guess the water that drips out is what is referred to as compost tea and can be diluted and used as manure. Is that right?

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No Idea seriously..

I never let my compost bins to secure water to this extent. Never tried this. Now as you shared will definitely explore.

 

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Viny

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September 21, 2012 - 10:30 pm

Hi to everyone and thanks for the useful information. I'm an Englishman that has been living in Sweden for twelve years and just moved to Gurgaon to work as a psychology teacher. I'm also trained as a biologist so after a long period of very limited gardening in cold and dark Sweden it's a pleasure to move to a climate where there is so much sun. I've one discovery and one piece of information that I would like to share regarding composting. First, I live on the first floor of a 12 storey building and part of one of my balcony/patios is regularly covered in bird droppings. I decided to scrape it all up, plus the dirt deposited with rainfall and put this in tubs. I also added some dead leaves, old tea etc. Soon after I had my own thriving compost with worms (probably from eggs in the bird droppings). I expect the bird droppings may contain high levels of nutrients so once I get my large compost containers going I'm going to regularly add any bird droppings that fall on the patio. Another piece of information regarding compost that I learned in England and thought about when I saw Viny's post, is that usually composting works better without sunlight. The break down of any green matter occurs much quicker when the chlorophyll (the green pigment that helps the leaves trap light) does not receive any light. In addition, this lack of sun, along with the temperature of the compost, allows you to add living plant matter to the compost, such as weeds etc. In a dark compost that is thriving, most of the weeds will then die and become a part of the compost. This won't happen with just a dark compost if the compost temperature isn't high enough though.
I'm not used to the climate here yet and it is difficult to know when is the best time to plant in India. In the UK and Sweden one always had to consider that there would be frosts that could kill off seedlings. But I expect there isn't many frosts in Gurgaon. Am I right in this assumption?
Thanks and happy gardening!

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@ Carl Piaf,

 

Welcome to India and to this forum. Thanks for your inputs, am sure a lot of others along with me would be benefited from your experience and knowledge. Please do keep sharing info such as above. As for your question, now it the best time to sow any ornamentals or veggies. If you visit geekgardener.in main page you will find an article named "Sowing chart". That table explains which month (in India) is good for growing which vegetable.

A lot of folks here are into Veg gardening than Ornamentals. But there's tons of information here. As for frost in Gurgaon. You may encounter that only in late december or early jan. That's all. It never sows and rarely you could get frost.

Looking forward to hearing from you more...

p.s - where do you put up in Gurgaon?

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Hi Carl,

let me have the pleasure to welcome you in India. Am sure you will enjoy your living here. Your tips regarding home made composting are really useful.

 

A agree to the fact that in dark areas the decomposition of waste specially green stuff is fast as compared to the open sunny areas. The only challenge I faced while putting my compost bin in a dark /cool place is the extent of heat required inside the bin for decomposition. Now I have placed the bins in a corner of a sun facing balcony and I close their mouth with pieces of cardboard. It working pretty well for me.

Anyways this bird droppings is another good idea which I would like to try.

 

In this season you can plant flowers like "Marigold","chrysanthemum","Dehlia","cosmos","Zenia" they will last till Mid January.

you can also try lot of green vegetables like spinach, mustard, spring onion and radish. Also tomato, potato, egg plant and bell pepper which will last till march.

 

Keep posting and be in touch.

Regards.. Viny

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Viny, I finally have the floor cleaner liquid bottles empty 🙂 I cut them, pierced holes in them, layered some soil and started filling it with Kitchen waste, tea leaves (without milk), vegetable skins etc.

I would be thankful if you could specify what all can be put in it. I read your previous posts, so stay away from meat, poultry and dairy. So as of now its just Veg peels.

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Hey snorkel4u,

I am a little late to reply, but you can use all the waste except meat, dairy products, pet's litter. I also avoid adding leftover food such as Roti/ bread / rice etc. It helps to have a clean setup.

Once again posting my blog's link for step by step detail on Home composting.

Hope this helps..

Just to share, I emptied two bins full of my home made compost yesterday and added to my winter plants and the vegetables I am trying to grow in containers.. will share the pics with you guys soon.

Regards..

Viny..

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hi all!

 

I'm also a beginner gardener in gurgaon, firstly thank you so much for all the info this thread was exactly what i needed i have lot of trouble getting supplies and i think i'v been badly ripped off specially buying plastic pots.. Cry 

i got most of them at the chattarpur nurseries coz they are so close to the metro station.

Can someone please let me know which is the cheapest place they have found for containers and the tentative rates?

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Hello,

What vegetable can be grown in balcony which receives 2 hrs of direct sunlight ?

Also, I got 3 tomatoes from a healthy plant and after that it's only flowers (plenty of them) but no tomatoes. Tried hand pollination but it's not working. Any other ideas ? 

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viny said

Hi all,

Here is the album of my compost setup and few of the plants. Am shifting from my current house so coudn't capture all the plants as some of them are alreday in the new house but have captured at least all the ones which have been growing on the nutrition from my home made compost.

 

Would love to have your comments.

 

Regards..

Viny

Hi viny,

I have joined new to this space.. I just saw the pics of your plants and the method of composting. Good job and very much Inspiring..

I just saw those sticks which u used to make trellis for the bitter gourd.. What are they made from? Bamboo? or something else? where did you get it from? Nearby shop or any location?

I live in Shyam Vihar (Very near to Dwarka Sector 18)
Hope to get a response soon..

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