Am Udayasanker. From palakkad,Kerala. I am a Charted Accountant and practicing in my home Town palakkad.
Last November (2012)Kerala Government agricultural dept introduced Terrace garden, by that I bought 25 grow bags filled with soil and vegetable plants for Rs 500/- they delivered the plants and grow bags with soil to my home.
I started to prepare organic Fertilizer, by dumping the daily use of vegetable waste and aged cow dung, egg shell, these were formed a nice fertilizer and I applied these to my organic terrace garden last may, the yielding was up raised gradually, spinach, ladies figure, chilies(green chilly, bird eye chilly, white chilly,) brinjal, sward bean, beans and tomato.
During summer the plants look very dull, now the monsoon is very severe so my kids (plants) look beautiful,
I proposed to grow cauliflower and cabbage in the grow bags, so pls help me at which month is suitable for sowing the Cauliflower and cabbage seeds , method of sowing seeds and transplanting the plants to grow bags.
The monsoon will come to end at the middle of November, so is the season suitable for Cauliflower and Cabbage.
Friends please provide your valuable advise.
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start with seeds of each -Cauliflower and Cabbage.
Hope this helps.
Not to take anything away from your effort or thought but to maximize the space and for effecient garden Cabbage/Cauliflower is not ideal from the fact that we will have to wait for 3-4 months for cabbage/cauliflower harvest and at the end the produce will just be enough for 1-2 days of cooking. At the same time if creepers/plants like okra, brinjal, thatta payaru/avarai etc will give more yield and the output can be utilized for months together. Space is a premium (in this case grow bags/pots) is nt?
I fully agree with Nataraj.However if you have space or just want to try out you may.Also try Broccoli cause after you harvest 1st Brocolli it goes on providing you with countless meals of side shoots for months to come.Another way of growing them would be in raised beds with continuous planting and harvesting
(You sow seeds every week in a month or every alternate week to follow thru and harvest)
Thank you dear friends ,for your valuable advise,
am having lot of space to cultivate the cabbage and cauliflower but the season, I don't know weather it is suitable for them or not. Because the monsoon is very severe and it will for till November, during this season the seeds will germinate healthily or not and if so it will grow healthily or not?
Please give me your advise
Yes it will be raining till November but there is no harm in trying (whatever season,come what may) start on an experimental basis with 2 seeds and see how they are growing.If you fear rain can affect the crop I suggest you
A)grow them in larger movable containers so that you can shift as and when the climate changes (not a suitable Idea unless you have somebody who can continuously monitor this)
B) Have a plastic/tarpaulin sheet which can cover your plant from severe rain. Cauliflower/Cabbage require firm soil near it stem (just above the ground) while they are being trans- planted as they help in the formation of Cauliflower/Cabbage head.
Do try out and let us know how things are proceeding.Do take pics and upload them .
Last month I sowed cauliflower seeds and cabbage seeds in separate pots, the seeds were germinated and surviving well. Two weeks back I transplanted the seedlings in grow bags, few of them were transplanted to grow bags filled with soil and compost and others were transplanted to grow bags filled with compost coco peat and vermi compost.
All the seedlings are growing well, meanwhile I prepared Panchagavya,at first I mixed the fresh cow dung and ghee of the same cow, and stored it in a container and covered the mouth of the container tightly with a fine cloth. Daily I stirred the mixture 100 times left to right and 100 times right to left in the morning and evening. This process carried for 5 days. On sixth day I added the same cow’s fresh urine, curd, milk, apart from these things I added ripped banana along with sugar candies, Tender coconut water and finally added a teaspoon of yeast. Mixed all these ingredients and stirred well, again covered the container with the cloth tightly, daily I stirred this mixture as I said in the above manner. Every day morning and evening after stirred the mixture by a plastic stick I mixed the drips of punchagavya which were dripping on the stick after stirred the panchagavya mix along with water in 3 ltrs container, these diluted panchagavya water I applied to my plants soil in grow bags. Apart from this I applied compost tea water too. these seedlings mulched by coco nut fiber.
Now the cabbage seedlings and cauliflower seedlings are growing well, as comparing with coco peat grow bags the seed lings in the grow bag (soil) is growing faster than the seedlings in the coco peat grow bags, all these plants (coco peat grow bags and soil grow bags)getting full sunlight through out the day , but one or two leaves of cabbage, I found some tiny holes like insect bites , I dint found any caterpillars or insect on the plant leaves.
Am posting few pictures of my cabbage and cauliflower seedlings.
the above link is one of cabbage seedling in Soil filled grow bag.
The above link is one of the cabbage seedling in soil filled grow bag and its leaves were chewed by some insects.
The above link is few pictures of my cauliflower seedlings in soil filled grow bag.
The above link is few pictures of my cabbage seedlings and cauliflower seedlings in coco peat grow bags.
Am expecting your valuable advice
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