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mailtonataraj
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June 8, 2012 - 5:45 pm
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Dear Gardeners, got inspired by this website. Have a independent house with open terrace and live in Chennai. As a newbie where do i start? i mean where do i get Coco peat, Perlite, Containers (plastic or eathern), quality seeds, pesticides etc in Chennai. Being June now what is the best vegetable to grow now? i dont want to start large scale. Let me start by planting maximum of 2 vegetables now and get myself used to it and then do it in slightly larger way. Want to start in a humble way. Since it will be on terrace what kind of vegetables will withstand Chennai' s hot sun. Thanks in advance.

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June 8, 2012 - 6:02 pm
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I am not sure about chennai. If you are interested, I can ship Cocopeat, Perlite, Vermiculite, seeds to you.

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June 9, 2012 - 8:53 pm

You get coir pith from bloom peat chennai. Check their site for the address. Its near cathedral road. perlite I have also tried a lot but did not get any.

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June 9, 2012 - 9:52 pm

I had good experience with Brinjals, Karamani (black eyed peas), Okra (ladies finger), Radish, Bitter gourd (pavakai), snake gourd (podalangai), malabar spinach(pasalai keerai) & mint here in chennai terrace.

Had good yield with tomatoes but the plants ended up being highly susceptible to mealy bugs. 

For starters recommend Radish, Brinjals, Karamani & okra.

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June 12, 2012 - 11:41 pm
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Hi camaroon,

Speaking about terrace gardening, did the plants withstand the hot summer. I was just wondering whether I could just start with a open terrace or need to have some shades...

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geekgardener said:

I am not sure about chennai. If you are interested, I can ship Cocopeat, Perlite, Vermiculite, seeds to you.

Hi GG whats these stuffs perlite and Vermiculite. Are these things mandatory ?I am just planning to start with few veggies and some scented varieties. Please suggest some ...

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June 12, 2012 - 11:55 pm
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Also suggest me some pesticides and fertilizers that should be handy and where to get it from..

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Hi Sapphira,

 

Perlite and vermiculite are medias to grow plants. Look up wikipedia. They are mainly used for soil less cultivation (hydroponics and aquaponics etc). Some nurseries also use them for plant propagation by mixing them with soil. The main advantage is that it can hold water very well. The second advantage is that, you can eliminate soil pathogens (causes for deceases) among plants.

 

So to grow veggies or any other plants, these are NOT mandatory. You can grow them in soil/potting mix. Mix 1/3 of soil, 1/3 of dried up cowdung/compost, 1/3 sand to make a good potting soil/growing medium. I bet the plants will grow equally well.

 

Happy gardening

Biju

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June 13, 2012 - 7:28 am
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Hi Biju,

Thanks for your info. I am planning to use coco peat , red soil, sand and homemade organic compost. I have successful sieved my first amount for compost. Very eagerly waiting to use it Smile

Please let me know the proportion of these materials to make a good potting soil. 

Is the soil or sand is mandatory or Could we use only the coco peat and compost as a soil less potting mix?

 

Also please suggest me some good fertilizers and pesticides to start with.

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June 13, 2012 - 11:20 am
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I haven't used coco peat myself. So not sure abt it.

But if you are using red soil, sand and compost, it would be 1/3 equal portions each.

 

Using soil or sand is not mandatory. You could use only coco peat as growing medium and grow your plants. Using compost alone as growing medium might be slightly risky especially for seedlings since compost produces heat and could damage delicate root systems of younger seedlings.

 

I am into organic gardening. So I use chicken manure, compost, compost tea and bone meal. As far as pesticides, try garlic/neem solutions. They are as effective as any other synthetic ones but with no side effects.

 

Regards

Biju

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Thanks Biju. I will try those fertilizers and about pesticides , can we use a homemade solutions? 

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June 13, 2012 - 11:18 pm
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Yes, you can use home made solutions. It is very easy to make garlic/chilli/soap solution or neem solution. There are nice clippings out there on youtube.

 

-Biju

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June 14, 2012 - 8:36 am
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Sure will check.. Thanks

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