Gardening was my dream since childhood but had not taken it seriously as all the while I stayed in less permissible surroundings and being a lazy goose have not tried any thing out of the box. In my early days had grown Papaya, bitter guard,drumstic, neem tree etc etc in the little space outside our government apartment those were just play time pass. The real passion peeped in when I moved to the garden city for job purpose. Started dreaming for a garden on my own. Moved back to Chennai again and once again the passion went inside when I moved to a house with less space even for normal belongings. But kept things going with potted plants.
In 2013 when I planned to buy an apartment my only looking was a place where I can have fresh air away from the city.Then I found the right location and builder of my choice in Ottiyambakkam near Siruseri which is an upcoming slowly growing village basically a farming village by nature. The entrance to the village itself is through farm fields (now turning slowly to concrete jungle ). My apartment is just 12 houses with good neighbors and lots of space around and good soil conditions and water level .
So initially I thought would try my passion and with acceptance from my neighbors and help from my building caretakers who are farmers themselves have turned the side space to a decent garden space with many flowering plants brought from a nursery. However one fine day I spotted tomato, Brinjal and chili plants cause of accidental seeding by the building workers which soon started yielding (We actually harvested around 40 kgs of tomatoes in 3 months and chillies still yielding.). My mom placed bitter guard and pudhina which started to grow as well. This turned my attention towards organic vegetable gardening and read through from good forums like geek Gardner and other net presentations and discussion with like minded friends and have started my passion now a little seriously in both OTG and land gardening.
As a trial had sowed vegetables such as greens, cluster beans, ladies finger, brinjal, coriander etc with basic seeds I could get. Have sowed some cabbage not sure if they plan to germinate in hot Chennai weather, keeping fingers crossed.
Bugs: Yes Melay bug (with lots of farmer ants and hibiscus and tomato around) and leaf miner are my current threats.
Wish me luck and tips in my emerging work will soon start posting some nice pictures and self learned lessons.
Thank you for your wishes Srikanth. Yes I did spray neem oil and handwash drops mixed water to remove the mass of Melay bugs and now I am just using the water spray and mannual removal method to clear them once a week. Issue my apartment is in a village which is by nature a farming village and hence have lot's of farmer ants. So also I am using the coco base under the plants to keep the soil moist and it has really worked out well.
During my vigorous last 4 months have learnt few lessons which I will share soon in GG. Especially for those in need to find appropriate base medium at amazingly low cost.
Thank you once again for your kind words.
Hi all...i am a new Gardner too. I have little space in my balconies where I am trying to grow my garden. I generally have a busy schedule in the weekdays and I find some free time only in the weekend. These days I am trying to spare some time to develop my garden. I am planning to start with herbs. I currently have few flowering plants.
I have watched lots of videos regarding bottle gardening in YouTube and I am planning to do that as I have space constraints. But I need some info like what kind of measures should be taken regarding the soil, fertility etc.
I live in Gachibowli, Hyderabad. I wanted to buy some starting stuff like potting mix, cocopeat , some growth boosters (learnt few terms from YouTube videos
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