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PriyaAnand
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August 21, 2012 - 5:20 pm
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Hi,

I am from Chennai and have recently moved to a new house where I have lots of space for gardening. I stay in Velachery and am planning to start a garden ASAP. 

I am totally new to gardening, but I have the passion to grow and eat from my own garden. I have a list of the plants that I want to grow, but require help in getting to know how to start.

Please help Smile

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ushasoman
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August 21, 2012 - 5:26 pm
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Hi Priya

Not an expert but have been dabbling in a Kitchen Garden for a little while willing to offer whatever help I can .

I am in Padmavathy Nagar in Velachery.

You can let me know if I can help.

Usha

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Hi,

Thanks a lot for the immediate reply. I have started getting all sorts of containers for the garden, but i don't know where to get the redsoil for planting from. The nursery here charges an exhorbitant price for a small load of redsoil. I would like to know if there is any other medium in which i can try growing plants in, like coir pith or compost or fym.

Btw, I do not know where is Padmavathy nagar in Velachery, I know only a venkateswara nagar, guess its pretty close to that going by the names Laugh. I stay in Nethaji colony near the byepass road.

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try out the nurseries in ECR for soil ...or try coco peat as well...

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PriyaAnand said:

Hi,

Thanks a lot for the immediate reply. I have started getting all sorts of containers for the garden, but i don't know where to get the redsoil for planting from. The nursery here charges an exhorbitant price for a small load of redsoil. I would like to know if there is any other medium in which i can try growing plants in, like coir pith or compost or fym.

Btw, I do not know where is Padmavathy nagar in Velachery, I know only a venkateswara nagar, guess its pretty close to that going by the names Laugh. I stay in Nethaji colony near the byepass road.

Hi Priya

Red soil by itself gets very hard may not be as good as getting mixed potting soil it is available with Good Governance Guards Besant Nagar Mr Radhakrishnan's no.9841023448

I as clueless of places in and around if you could pm your number I can get in touch .

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You could try the horticultural society on Cathedral Road, one "bond" of "mixing" soil costs Rs.40/- . That is about 4-5 kg . I got it last weekend for my garden

 

The "mixing" soil is manure,red soil & soil.

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Hi Usha, Premlatha and Ramna,

Thanks for the leads. Will check them out this weekend.

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ushasoman
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since you plan for the weekend one place you could try for grow bags is Bloom & Peat poes garden tel no 24662601

coco peat without bags are available at SPIC Nursery at Kottupuram.

Just got back home from these places .

When in search of panchagavya but found these instead!

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ramna
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I've stopped searching for panchagavya and resorted to making it instead! Second time I have tried has worked out both times.

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hi ramna ,

Good that u resorted to making panchagavya urself . How did it turn out to be . R u selling them as well ? Where r u from

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hi,

 

I guess we are hijacking Priya's thread,hope she doesn't mind and sorry about the long post.

 

Note : I use the formula which I read from a book so it is not the traditional panchagavya . You can see the same formula here

http://www.agricultureinformat.....-make.html

 

It seems to work quite well so much that my family is willing to bear the smell just for the taste of the fruits, infact the older the panchagavya the better it seems to work, however the fermentation has to be kept active.

 

I am from Chennai and I am not selling it – just using it for my garden.

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ramna,

 

speaking of smell.. I am the only person in the family/store who can touch, smell and handle Panchagavya, rest of them are miles away at that time. I like the smell. After good fermentation, it smells fruity and sweet.

 

GG

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Talking of PG,

I got it from GG and used it on a dying Mint plant I had got from Mumbai.

Amazingly it sprung back to action.

Other than on Mint, I haven't seen a lot of impact on any other plants so far. Might need a few more doses.

Plus I am careless/ daring enough to mix and match, sometimes its PG, sometimes NPK etc

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hi GG,

Yeah, I can imagine how it feels Laugh a well done PG does smell sweet. I have to keep the PG in the garage when it is fermenting.

 

@snorkel4u : From my experience it works best as a foliar spray , to a lesser extent for seed treatment and the least as a soil application.

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