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happyfeet
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July 9, 2012 - 3:11 pm

hi,
I was just browsing the net the other day on gardening and chanced upon ur site. The articles inspired me to go for vegetable gardening and the very nxt day I went out hunting for spinach seeds, soil mix and a tray. Well, the hunt was quite tedious and long since the seeds were not easily available, even find a tray wasn't easy. I bought a tray and make holes in it.the good news is the seeds r finally sown and I can see tiny heads popping out, my fingers r crossed.
Thanks a ton for this informative site...I guess it's also quite interactive...

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shweta
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July 10, 2012 - 4:43 pm
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Hi Happyfeet,

welcome to the forum.yes, this is very informative blog where u can find answers to all ur gardening queries.Hope ur spinach grows well nd do post

the pics of ur plants .

 

Happy Gardening

Shweta

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July 11, 2012 - 5:04 pm

hi Sweta,

Will post th pics soon, now they r tiny plants and I hope they survive.
I had sown coriander and chilly seeds too, they too have germinated. The problem is u had sown in a small pot, they r too many of them now and transferring them to other pots is not working.
Anyway happy gardening to you too...
Have you been gardening for a long time?

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July 12, 2012 - 6:10 pm
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Hi Happyfeet,

Have u sown spinach,coriander nd chilly seeds in a single pot?well u can transplant chilly and spinach once there is second set of true leaves however coriander cannot be transplanted.

I've been gardening for long but growing veges is my new found passion

,though this bug was always there.used to see my grandpa doing all this whenever he visited us .There r some things that r passed on to the next generation by default Laugh nd im really loving itSmile

 

Happy Gardening

Shweta

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July 19, 2012 - 12:53 pm

i am trying my hand on vegetables the first time. And I am a little disappointed bcos my spinach seedlings got spoiled, not all of it though, due to windy rains. Most of them have fallen flat on the soil. In general the plants r weak,it used to fall after slight showers . I shifted the tray under a shade bcos of it's vulnerability. Wondering where I went wrong.
No I didn't plant them together. I bought a large tray for spinach. And for coriander and chilly I have used small pots. The problem my son had planted the seeds randomly so I don't know which one is what.
I too have a grandpa connection here, both my paternal and maternal grandpas were passionate about their gardens. My maternal grandpa had many imported books on gardening and used to grow exotic flowers in his garden.
Happy gardening ,
Mamata

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shweta
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July 19, 2012 - 2:34 pm
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Hi Happyfeet(Mamata),

 

Let the plants grow a little bit n then u can remove chilly plants from corriander.u can recognise coriander easily let it stay there n  transplant chilly to other pots.

As for spinach bad news is even my plants in the tray have diedFrown ,however the ones in pot r fine.though rain water helped me in harvesting shallots(small onions).

Dont worry about the spinach.would advise sow the seeds again but indoor where there is maximum sunlight eg balcony.after little research i've found out that spinach plants dont need more than an inch of water in a week.(in India we have a habit of pouring water 2wice a day) when u see the plants have true leaves,once in a week spray fertiliser solution.

Hope this helps

 

Shweta

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July 20, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Dear Shweta,

Thanks for your reply.
It is saddening to see them dying anyway will sow the seeds again. May be for a start I should sow in small pots.

Today I was searching for panchgav... in the nearby shop, I also wanted the soil for bonsai, unfortunately couldn't find any of the stuff.

I have a curry leaves plant which is not growing, so I tried to transplant it to a bigger pot today. The gardener of my building got some white small balls for my plants, I wonder what it was. When I asked him what is it that he is putting, he replied very confidently 'accha hain'. Didn't help my curiosity.

Hey which vegetables do u have in ur garden?

Take care,

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The "Accha Hain" is probably Urea.

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July 23, 2012 - 3:12 pm
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Hi Happyfeet, 

I know it sad to see ur plants die.well "Achha Hain" is urea,srikant is right.its gud that u've replaced curry plant.place it under direct sunlight,it helps in growth.also u can get a packet of urea urself and throw 8-10 balls in curry

plant.water the plant after this as this burns the plant.

 

I have Lemon Grass,shallots,spinach,okra(bhindi),brinjal(white,purple),bell pepper,bitter gourd and cucumber.planning to sow more greens in oct like spinach,celary,broccoli,chinese cabbage.

dear i have no idea where to find panchgavya nd bonsai soil.

which city r u from? probably people in the forum there know where to get gardening stuff from.

keep us updated about your gardening.

 

Happy Gardening

Shweta

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July 27, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Hi Shweta,

I am from Mumbai. I didn't get cocopeat too....so I am managing with normal soil. 🙁 Anyway the good news is my spinach plants are growing, they fell on the soil and I thought it died but surprising the plants felt pity on me (I used to try and make them stand ) and started growing horizontally, not all some of them.

Hey good to know about ur collection.....quite nice!

Thanks for replying
Mamata

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July 29, 2012 - 4:53 pm
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Hi Mamata,

one can really have a sigh of relief after u hear the bad news( dying spinach) about ur plants.even my spinach has started growing now.thanks to rains.

 

u can see my plants on show of my garden forum''small vegetable garden".

by coming weekend i'll upload new pics.

TC.

 

Happy GardeningSmile

Shweta

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July 29, 2012 - 5:02 pm
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Hey Mamata,

you can do without cocopeat,it only helps in water retention nd makes the medium porous.mix cowdung and compost(vermicompost) with soil ,u see satisfying results soon.

 

hope this works for u.

 

Shweta

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July 31, 2012 - 8:35 pm

hi shweta,

Just saw the pics. U have quite a collection.

Thanks for ur suggestions...

I have made my own soil mix since I couldn't find coco peat, etc.
Also I added egg shells powder. Trying to learn abt more about making kitchen waste fertilizer.

Happy gardening,
Tc,
Mamata

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