December 7, 2010
Can you tell me which is the best mix for growing veggis. I don't have complex setup as yours. I know that certain vegetable seeds need transplantation some don't.
If for eg., cocopeat and vermicompost mix together in equal prop.
1) how long it will last before i change the pot mix?
2) how long it will last , if I use soil mix?
3) Since due to excessive aeriation with cocopeat usage how often I have to water, since water management is also important.
4) stalking is also important for vertical climbers(Beans , Tomatos,Bitter gaurd etc,.), with use of cocopeat will it give enough rigidity to supports?
5) When do we need to mix Bio-Agro Rich to the above mix if we are growing Veggis.. Whether it is really required?
6) Do I really require Green canopy cover on terrace for growing vegetables? if at all , where do u get the green canopy covers?
7) Since summer is already here don't the vegetable saplings will be burnt down with heat without the green covers?
your help will be highly appreciated.
May 1, 2010
Equal quantities of cocopeat and compost is very good for veggies. You can supplement it with oil cakes(Nitrogen), bone meal(Phosphorus) and ash(Potassium)
Q: How long will it last before I change potting mix.
It depends on the veggie you grow. Some vegetables need more nutrients than others. In that case, they need an extra dose of fertilizer.
In general, you should enrich the potting mix with more compost after every crop. But as I mentioned before, some vegetables need more doses. So it is good to add enough compost before planting them and at the time of flowering(if its a fruiting plant).
Q: How long will it last if soil mix is used.
Same answer for Q1 applies here. Red soil compost will have little more nutrient than cocopeat mix because red soil itself contains lots of nutrients iron. Red soil mix will yield extremely well in the first use and then it will deteriorate if not amended with more compost.
Q: Since due to excessive aeriation with cocopeat usage how often I have to water, since water management is also important.
Watering has to be done every day if the media seems dry. If not every other day is enough. For well grown plants, transpiration is very high and hence watering every day is mandatory. Check the media before watering. Excess watering leaches the nutrients too.
4:Staking is also important for vertical climbers(Beans , Tomatos,Bitter gaurd etc,.), with use of cocopeat will it give enough rigidity to supports?
For staking I use, split bamboo sticks(reused from a bamboo screen). But cocopeat offers less rigidity than soil. It is good to have the plants trained using a thread or Have two big poles on either sides, connect a rope between them and tie all the plants to that rope. For climbers, the best thing to do is, use 4 poles and have a "Pandal" made or have two poles (like tennis net).Training them on a thread/twine works well as well.
5.When do we need to mix Bio-Agro Rich to the above mix if we are growing Veggis.. Whether it is really required?
By bio-agro rich, you mean any specific brand of compost?. Adding fertilizer is a must for growing in containers since leaching happens with every watering and the amount of media is also less. Before planting; during flowering;after prunning (for palak, etc) or every 3 weeks during the growing period. Quality of the compost and its source is very important. It is better to get compost from multiple source and mix them together and use. Some use veggie waste, some use leaf mould, some use cocopeat. Mixing them together ensures all micronutrients are present.
6. Do I really require Green canopy cover on terrace for growing vegetables? if at all , where do u get the green canopy covers?
Shade nets are not necessary for growing plants on the terrace. But during very hot weather, having one helps. It cuts down on the water requirement and saves plants from birds, sun damage and powerful winds. Shade nets are available in J.C Road Bangalore. A squaremeter should cost between Rs.15-18
7.Since summer is already here don't the vegetable saplings will be burnt down with heat without the green covers?
Usually it is good to raise the seedlings in a different plance and once they are strong enough to withstand this conditions, they need to be transplanted.Bring them to the sun gradually.
Hope this helps
December 7, 2010
Thanks for your time and fantastic explanation. Since with the depletion of water table in Bangalore, water management has become a very important factor in deciding Vegetable growing medium. With the above mentioned mix of cocopeat, Vermicompost how to set up the drip irrigation system preferably an illustrated one? I heard people use Popsickle tubes for drip irrigation. Have you heard of it? Your help in this regard will be highly appreciated.
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