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Ramana
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July 16, 2013 - 6:13 pm
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Hi,

My name is Ramana. I am from an IT professional living in Velachery, Chennai. I have a private terrace of around 600 sqft with partial shade and balcony. Found this website when I was searching for kitchen gardens in Google. I sincerely thank Geekgardener for inspiring me to start my own kitchen garden.

Spent most of childhood days in village. Used to watch mom taking care of plants and plucking vegetables in the farm, when I was young. Decided to spend quality time with kids after burning mid night oil at office for so many years. I think nothing beats watching your plants growing, and plucking fresh vegetables from your own garden.

Decided to start in a small way with Palak (Spinach) and Coriander as they are the easiest accordingly to GG. Got vermi compost (2 1kg @rs.20), bio compost (2kg@rs.90), neem cake (1kg@rs.30) and panchagavya (1L@rs.100) from a biotech firm in porur. Ordered seeds from an online shop from Punjab at a cost of rs. 15 per packet, and grow bags (38 * 28 cm, 20@rs.300) from ebay.

Now, I am stuck with Coco peat. I don't know where to get this one. I prefer to buy from a single stop shop if possible to minimize the overhead of commuting.

Could members from Chennai please let me know where I can get Coco peat, sand, soil, etc. close to Velachery? Also, let me know if I miss anything for growing Palak and Coriander and provide your valuable suggestions. I really appreciate help from pkanniyan, ushasoman and other senior members.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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mailtonataraj
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July 16, 2013 - 6:47 pm
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You can get it in Parishudh Eco Concepts located in Adyar. Phone number = 9442229996. You can use river sand instead. but the rates you mentioned for all the products are pretty expensive. Neem cake is generally Rs.15, Vermicompost - 10-15 / kg and i am not sure about bio compost. PG you can get in Restore Adyar , you can get seeds as well there.

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July 16, 2013 - 8:30 pm
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mailtonataraj said:

You can get it in Parishudh Eco Concepts located in Adyar. Phone number = 9442229996. You can use river sand instead. but the rates you mentioned for all the products are pretty expensive. Neem cake is generally Rs.15, Vermicompost – 10-15 / kg and i am not sure about bio compost. PG you can get in Restore Adyar , you can get seeds as well there.

Thank you sir for the information. I will check with Parishudh on weekend. I think the price was on the higher side as I bought only small size pockets to experiment. I was told 50 kg bags would come much cheaper.

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July 17, 2013 - 5:26 pm
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Welcome Ramana

Glad to know you too have fond memories from childhood where we used to grow and eat our own food.If soil is available then there is no need for Coco peat.Soil,sand,compost in equal measure can be a good potting mixture. All you need to do is add vermi copost in liquid form(compost tea) regularly.Coco peat is a substitute for sand which helps good drainage.Alternatively you can deposit river stones/peebles broken coconut shell etc in the bottom of your grow bag for good drainage.Palak (Spinach) and Coriander are the easiest growing plants.You can also add amaranthus seeds,fenugreek leaves,mustard leaves etc.

Keep us posted with pictures of your kitchen garden.

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July 17, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Cocopeat retains moisture – sand aids drainage of excess water both are for opposite purposes. Just get garden soil and mix with 20% vemicompost and 5% neem cake. Do not need anythine else. If you really want cocopeat – just use the coconut fibre after using the coconut.

I buy vermicompost and neem cake in bulk (50kgs) from the same shop you are getting them from. I also live in the same locality – Please let me know if you are interested to share.

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Ramana
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July 17, 2013 - 10:54 pm
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Thank you Camaroon and Sudhir. I live in Ceedeeyes Regal Palm, adj to Adyar Ananda Bhavan and Sutherland. One think I observed is the added weight to the container if I use soil instead of coco peat. Since I may need to move pots  between two floors due to sun light, rain and wind, etc. weight is one of the important criteria for me considering all other things equal. Please let me know your thoughts and any alternatives. 

From your posts and gg, I understand coir, empty pet bottles,tetra packs, bags, kitchen waste, etc. can be reused in garden - I will try that. 

I found a good place near miot hosp. that focuses mainly on kitchen gardens. They have coco peat, sea trays, vermi compost, and other usual stuff. Since I work in dlf this place is also convenient for me.

Camaroon, do you know good place to buy plastic containers to buy cheap? Now, I need a rectangular flat container for palak. The above shop has this item but a little  expensive. Do you suggest Venkateswara or any other shop around velachery for this?

Please send me an sms on my mobile 9840770711, if you would like me to call you. I will remove the number from the post after some time.

Thank you again for your help and support.

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July 17, 2013 - 11:52 pm
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Hi Camaroon, could you forward me your contact number to my email id: ramana.ambore@gmail.com, if possible. I am not able to pm your or any other member. I am pretty sure I can learn a lot of things from you on terrace gardening. Thank you in advance.

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