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mamathasridhar
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My dad was a very good gardener but I never helped him gardening.We used to have lot of outdoor space and my dad grew almost everything ranging from sugarcane to black grapes,mangoes, citrous fruits...and hybrid roses etc.............Regret the fact that I couldnt learn anything from him about gardening when he was there............Hence I am just trying to make him proud................Just bought a new house and its an apartment in Hyderabad.........Hence space management is also necessary............I am in need of a lot of information right from the soil that is needed and cool pots that are used....and the steps needed to grow a good balcony garden.......Hope to find all this information and much more in this site.Thank you Smile

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Hi,

 

Welocme aboard. Glad to see the number of people from Hyderabad increasing. I guess there must be about 10 members on the forum from Hyderabad. Where in Hyderabad are you from?

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Hi Mamatha garu,

Welcome aboard. I have also started gardening in Hyderabad recently. Since I have a roof of the house completely at my disposal, I have started with Square foot gardening.

Srikanth garu, After searching and doing lots of research, finally on sunday, I started with Square foot gardening. I already germinated few okras Spinach and corrinder. I am already having tough time with the rains this week.

Also it would be good that the guys from Hyderabad in this forum can meet someday to discuss each ones experience. For me certainly, meeting srikanth garu gave a lot of insight into the urban farming and its related issues. I also started because I am confident that srikanth garu can guide me whenever required. Only thing that is disappointing, it is little difficult in sourcing some of the things such as Vermicompost. Anyhow, the hyderabad is evolving so should improve in coming months.

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Hello Raju garu,

 

Getting vermicompost is not a problem at all. You can get a bag of 40 KG @ Rs. 220 at Ashok Nagar. I got it last week. I will be glad to be of any help.

 

Glad that you have started the square foot garden. I should come see it some time.

 

Yes, we all should meet up sometime to exchange our views and experiences.

 

A big thanks to GG for agreeing to setup this forum and bringing us all together.

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Srikanth said:

Hi,

 

Welocme aboard. Glad to see the number of people from Hyderabad increasing. I guess there must be about 10 members on the forum from Hyderabad. Where in Hyderabad are you from?


Hi Srikanth garu,

Thank you so much.I am from Manikonda near Hi-tech citySmile

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vraju said:

Hi Mamatha garu,

Welcome aboard. I have also started gardening in Hyderabad recently. Since I have a roof of the house completely at my disposal, I have started with Square foot gardening.

Srikanth garu, After searching and doing lots of research, finally on sunday, I started with Square foot gardening. I already germinated few okras Spinach and corrinder. I am already having tough time with the rains this week.

Also it would be good that the guys from Hyderabad in this forum can meet someday to discuss each ones experience. For me certainly, meeting srikanth garu gave a lot of insight into the urban farming and its related issues. I also started because I am confident that srikanth garu can guide me whenever required. Only thing that is disappointing, it is little difficult in sourcing some of the things such as Vermicompost. Anyhow, the hyderabad is evolving so should improve in coming months.


Thank you so much Raju garu....all the best for your roof garden :), Please do share your experiences and guide me to create a nice balcony garden ...and surely we should catch up....and starting from the basics...I am asking u both (Raju garu and Srikanth garu) where will i find the seeds/potting soil and nice fertilisers in hyderabad near hitech-city/madhapur.
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Hello Mamatha garu,

 

I doubt if you can get any of these in and around Madhapur. Are you going to do soil based container gardening or cocopeat or a combination or you have some other idea all together?

 

I have a few Cocopeat growbags that I can spare in case you want to try hydroponics but if you have never done it before it might sound a little daunting to start with. If you want to go the traditional way, then you can Vermicompost from Public Gardens (remember they close by 4 PM). You can buy seeds in Hyderguda opposite Bahar Cafe. You can also buy Plastic container there. I can give you the exact details if you need. Another place to buy Vermicompost that I am aware of is Ashok Nagar near Patancheru (Mallikarjuna Fertilizers opposite Sangeetha theater - about 4 KM from BHEL circle). Raju garu knows some place near Kukatpally, I think, where you can get Cocopeat in large quantities otherwise you can buy them at Hyderguda. You can also get chemical fertilizers in Hyderguda and also at Ashok Nagar.

 

Let me know if you need any further information.

 

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Srikanth

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Mamatha Garu, first of all thanks for your wishes. Its nice to hear that you stay not far from us. It would be good if you can share us the following information. Like the a) size of your balacony b) which side it is facing c) what are you interested in like your garden do you want to have flowers/vegetables and combination of both.

On the potting soil stuff, usually the construction material suppliers also supply the red soil, but since you are looking for your appartment, then I think you may not need huge quantities. It would be good that you can get a gunny bag full of red soil mixed with some natural manure. This can be available from the road side nurseries we have all over the place in Hyderabad. I have sourced ones from the nursery close to Srikanth garu's house (Safi Nursery) next to Gulmohar park area. They usually charge around 80 ruppees for a gunny bag full and I think it is based on the size of the gunny bag. Also alternatively you can plan to grow your plants using combination of coco peat (coconut fibre) and compost.  I am still to experiment with all these above mentioned stuff, already have done a combination of Red Soil and home made compost for my Jasmine and Tulasi plants. Now experimenting with Coco-peat and vermicompost for the Square foot gardening. Planning to get the other types of medium/including hydroponics in coming months.

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Srikanth garu and Raju garu,

Thanks a lot.....Didnt expect to get so much information on my first day itself 🙂 Really appreciate ......

Hmmmm...I just dont have any idea where to start, and what to have in my garden.........So Srikanth garu...u have to guide me in everything...starting from basics....almost everything because I just have a plan to have a garden.....and i have to learn everything about gardening from scratch......Hope u wont mind teaching a first time gardener 🙂

Raju garu....Thank you so much for the valuable information......I have two balconies and one utility in my new house (I will be shifting there in a month or so) ,Hence I am planning to start with container gardening...Please guide me which plants will be best to start with...I am planning to have a coriander container for sure........U and srikanth garu can give me some more suggestions and tips 🙂

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Hello Mamatha garu,

 

I will be glad to help you. It seems like you do not know what to ask for but surely you will be having something in mind regarding your new garden. Give us more information and I am sure there are many more people (often more knowledgeable than me) who will be willing to help you. The very purpose of this forum is help each other.

 

This might not be the right time to grow corriander. You might have to wait for couple of more months (GG, correct if I am wrong). I would suggest with the following that are generally easy to grow.

  1. Spinach
  2. Chukka Koora
  3. Amaranth (Almost all varities of Thota koora)
  4. Radish
  5. Knolkhol

The reason I am not suggesting Okra and other veggies is that they take longer to grow and one or two plants would not be sufficient for a family of four. Once you get comfortable with the greens you should try veggies too. Unfortunately, I gave away the last three tomato seedlings to one of my friends earlier this week otherwise you could have had it for a headstart.

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Hi Srikanth garu

Saw the pictures of your garden in one of the posts.its really good andi.

 

Now I am going to plant my first container tomorrow.

I will plant spinach.....(Can i plant spinach in 2L coke bottle(bottom cut and hanged in reverse?)

I have to get the potting soil and vermi compost from the places that u and raju garu suggested.

What is the ratio of soil and vermi compost that i should use and can i use cocopeat along with soil and vermicompost?

I have already spotted something to plant my coriander in..:( but u said its not the correct time to grow them.....sad....

 

Anyways Looking forward to plant my first ever container....

Raju garu/srikanth garu     Can you please give me the route map for the nurseries and potting soil places that you have suggested?

 

Thank you,

Mamatha.

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Hello Mamatha garu,

 

The following are the google map links.

Mallikarjuna Fertilizers: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=.....38;iwloc=A

Safi Nursery: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=.....38;iwloc=A

Mayuri Nursery: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=.....38;iwloc=A

Janata Seeds Store: http://maps.google.com/maps/pl.....eDqUCry1vw

 

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Welcome Mamatha.

Sorry about the belated welcome. I just got a PC and so hopefully things will get back on track.

I am so happy about the support and help provided to a new gardener from your place. Keep up the spirit.

Happy gardening!
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A big thanks to Srikanth garu, Raju garu and Mamatha garu, most of the information that I was looking for is in this thread.  I stay in kukatpally and I am planning to start a small garden sometime very soon. The information in this thread is going to help me a lot.  Will update once I collect the most required potting soil, containers and seeds.

 

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I have purchased 20 rectangular pots 2' x 1' x 1' and 10 pots with around 1' diameter and 1' depth. All plastic. These are for two balconies 30' and 8' long to grow mostly veggies / some floral plants.

 

I want to purchase potting soil and trying to find out how much soil would be needed. The outlets mentioned in the thread above are approachable from where I stay. Do the outlets mentioned above deliver at home and fill the pots for a one time job?

 

Any pointers will be helpful.

 

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No, none of them provide the services. They just sell stuff. You can find red soil mixed with cow manure at these nurseries. You would have to get the filling of pots done. Typically you would fill the pots to the top. So you would need the same amount as the volume of the pots you are using.

 

Depending on where you stay you might find more friendly nurseries who might be able to provide the services you are looking for. One such nursery is on Old Bombay Highway after Gachibowli circle towards Tolichowki on the left side of the road.

 

You might want to consider adding 50% cocopeat to the media (that should make it 33% of the total media) for aeration.

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Thank you for the prompt response.

 

I tried today evening and the nursery next to Gulmohar Park agreed to provide service at home for additional fee. He said that I would need 8 bags (cement bags) of soil. The soil would be mix with cocopeat (cow dung was not mentioed) and would charge me 800 for soil another 300 for home service.

 

Yet another nursery said Rs. 2000. Quantity set aside, is the cost 100 per bag reasonable?

 

Also apart from cocopeat should any additional ingredient be mixed?

 

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I really doubt if he is going to mix cocopeat. What ratio is he going to mix it? I would suggest 1:1:1 of Red Soil, Cocopeat and Cow Manure. You definitely need some fertilizer. The safest bet is well cured Cow Manure. In case you do not get it then I would suggest that you go for Vermicompost. It is difficult to get good quality vermicompost around here. Mallikarjuna Fertilizers (08455240588) generally stocks 40 KG bags. The quality is OK.

 

Rs. 100 / bag of red soil is too high. Generally it is sold at the rate of Rs. 50 with manure if you get your own bags. I guess the price you are quoting is from Safi Nursery. Did you try Mayuri? Their seedlings are of very good quality too. Usually you get around a tractor (or is it 1/2) load of manure mixed red soil around Rs. 1,600. Try to contact earth filling soil dealers (moram in telugu) near construction sites.

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As you rightly said, none of them is mixing cocopeat. Safi nursery did say that he would mix it though.

 

After trying almost 4-5 nurseries, the best price I could get was Rs. 70 per bag or 1300 for a small trolley on a loader tempo. This was a nursery opposite to Malgudi restaurant on Mehdipatnam-Gachibowli road. Even this nursery is not willing to mix cocopeat as it's not available with him.

 

Must nurseries claim that cow dung and red soil mix will not make the soil tight.

 

Any ideas where can I purchase cocopeat or it's fine to go without it?

 

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P.

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I think Rs. 70 per bag is still high. Anyway, depending on the quantity it might not amount to much. Alternately, I would suggest getting the following.

1) Red soil - contact moram/soil dealers

2) Cow Manure - Try dairies near by / If this is difficult to procure then you can get vermicompost from the below dealer.

3) Cocopeat - It costs about Rs. 120 per 5 KG block. If you bargain hard you can get it for Rs. 100. Each 5 Kg block will yield about 70 to 75 litres of cocopeat when hydrated. You will have to wash the cocopeat 4 to 5 times to reduce the EC.

You can get the cocopeat and vermicompost (Rs. 200 for a 40 KG bag) at the below address. I suggest this place because they are good at customer service PLUS they have car parking space, something you cannot find on the busy Hyderaguda lane.

 

Srikanth Reddy Seeds & Pesticides

3-5-839/6/6, L.R. Plaza, Hyderguda, Hyderabad-29

Phone: 9441184734 / 04023232981

 

I suggest usage of cocopeat for the two following reasons.

1) Reduces the overall weight of the pot

2) Good aeration

 

It is not a must to have cocopeat but that is my preference.

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