Let me introduce my self, I am Raju from Hyderabad, basically an Embedded Systems specialist working with an MNC. Gardening was a child hood hobby and since then I have learnt how to grow roses, daliha and other flowers. Break when I left for the college and it has been almost after 15 years I am returning back to gardening. To grow my own greens in the roof of my house and also to grow trees around Hyderabad to increase the greenry of Hyderabad. After lots of research, going through the GG's blogs and also visiting one of the members of this forum, finally decided to take gardening. Started with Square foot gardening would like to expand till my roof top is completely occupied by my green house. I started on 10th July and I am very happy that after a week I am almost getting 100% germination of the seeds. I am in excess now
You can see my gardening images at the following location:
Hope to get lots of help/suggestions from this forum and also from GG.
@mamata garu: Thanks for your wishes, these appreciations only make us proud and go ahead with the passion.
@Srikanth garu: Sir, Right now I have few holes in the bottom, since it is mix of Vermicompost and Coco peat, I have very little water which is draining out and that is also when I water the plants and it rains. Also since it is germinating, I am observing that I keep the pot mix moist enough. I probably have to see how to drain the water when the plants grow bigger. Since I am not going to use NS for this garden probably whatever I loose through the drain would be less (though will loose the nutritions from the vermicompost). For my next garden probably, I will plan to put some holes in the bottom of every square and then put a tank nipple to drain them into a small container to be reused. So ideas are flowing one by one and would certainly require your guidance. I would invite you to check my garden after I have some true leaves for the germinating seeds.
Update: After 3 weeks of sowing the seeds and the setup, the progress is very good. So far I had almost 90% germination and leafy vegetables are getting ready for the harvest. Should be able to harvest Spinach may be next week onwards.
I have to transplant the tomato / Okra plants as they are growing faster or need to trim them to one or two plants for each square. Planning to move them into container with the help of Srikanth Garu. Has to be done next weekend.
Let pictures do the talking.
Please provide your valuable feedback.
Hi Camaroon, I was supplied with this kit along with the square foot garden, it is basically a very low cost drip irrigation system that has been developed by IDE. This kit is called Family Nutrition Kit (FNK) and the cost should be approx. 250 to 400 bucks. The kit contains one water bag (20 Liters Capacity), the main line is about 4 meters and then it was four laterals which are about 5 meters each. So it can effectively irrigate 20 Sq meters of land. The micro tubes are placed every 45 cm. This particular kit uses the vacuum system, that is the water is poured into the bag, and then you place the filter and siphon pipe into the bag of water. Then you close the valve and then pump the air out through the filter using an attached siphon pump. After the air is pumped out it it fills with water and then when you open the valve, the water automatically flows from the bag to the drip tubes. This is developed for very small farmers and it may not work for the raised bed gardens or where you have bends. You can search for Family Nutrition Kit - IDE in google and see. It is from a brand called "Krishak Bhandu" - Farmers Friend. So no energy and pumps required. Only the bag should be placed 0.5 meters height above the main line to effectively pull the water out.
Thanks vraju. I also also found IDE previously when I looked it up in google. I did not know they were selling stuff commercially. I was initially interested in their bucket kits. My nearest contact was in Madurai and hence did not follow it up. Good work they are doing. However who ever I contacted regarding drip so far seemed to be interested in making a fat profit rather than helping farmers.
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