Am Ashok Menon from Bangalore and located in HSR Layout. I have started tiny vegetable garden setup around 1 – 2 months back and thought of share my experience in this forum with my fellow gardeners. This new hobby inspired from reading all the experience which you guys shared in this forum especially GG. Also Garden Guru store and the guys there helped a lot to turn around things in a swift manner.
I have attached the link of my small vegetable garden which has the snaps of the garden.
Garden has Brinjal (both varieties), Okra, bush beans, capsicum, aloe vera, Robusta banana, green chilli, onion, green leaf, curry leaf, cabbage, cauliflower, onion, tomato and straw berry plants. Behind the house in the small area I have bamboo and next to it papaya (2 varieties) ash gourd and water melon plants and azolla (for hen) in a plastic tub. You can also see the pipe composting setup also in that snap. So no solid waste will be going out from the house with that small waste management system.
Apart from this I have just started terrace garden in that carrot, BeatRoute, snake gaud, bitter gaud, different varieties of capsicum (red, yellow, green), tomato, Palak, and few more plants are grown. I have created pond in the terrace with few ornamental fishes, water Lilly (2 different colours) and other aquarium plants. Also planted Sunflower Plants [for the seeds] for feeding the African Love Birds at home.
I got hens which control the pest and weed to a great level (Yes occasional attacks on the plants too)
Following works are Pending:
- Rain Water Harvesting which connects the reservoir
- Setting up automatic drip system with reservoir in Ground as well as terrace
- Wooden Poles needs to be put on all the corners of the terrace and connect it through stainless steel cable for runners to climb and spread.
- Shade net for only as side wall, not covering completely.
Awaiting your valuable suggestions to improve the setup…
Wow a gr8 setup....and such healthy yields.....welcome to the gardening world......oh love the small chicken house......truly a village setup in the concrete jungle :)......pipe composting is a first for me.....never heard of it.....can u post few details abt it.......just curious.......
@ Mrudula - Thanks... Pipe Composting is a easiest method of house hold waste management system. You require 2 PVC pipes (with lid or you can even cover it with a tile) each 6 - 8-inch wide and 1.5-metre long can be installed in very limited space in your backyard. The pipes should be buried vertically in 1 feet deep pits. Initially you need to put either cow dung solution / jaggery solution (500 ml) to the pipe before putting house hold waste (excluding cloths & plastic). After 5 - 7 days, the solution should be poured into the pipe again, to expedite the bacterial decomposition process.
Do not add water, but it’s okay to dump curries or watery items. For a single family, one such pit would be enough to dump waste for two months. When it is full, use the second pipe. By the time it is full, the first would have turned into manure. This could be taken out for gardening.
Hope this help... Please do ask if you need any additional inputs on it. If you dont have a backyard you can still do this with the help of pots and small pipes. I started this because at any time Bangalore Corporation will push the people to do this at home to control the solid waste piling up on the road side / dumping yard.
@ Viny - Thanks a lot... Surely will do that...
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