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shaheen_lal
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Hi,

 

Very happy to inform whoever is interested that you can grow lovely spring onions by just planting normal onions, root down in a pot of soil. In a few days you will see the onion sprouting and soon the leaves will be long and the bulb multiplied into 3-4 spring onions in a bunch. I have already enjoyed a few and have put in a few more. I plan to keep planting at intervals of few days so I always have some spring onions ready for plucking when required. Here's the link for some pictures of my terrace in Mumbai. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos

Rgds.

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Your Picassa link isn't working.

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sorry about that, i am not too sure how to get the link but here is another try: https://picasaweb.google.com/105748477671507615931

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Shaheen,

I have just one word. AWESOME.
There is a brilliant mix of creativity, art and gardening. Beautiful beautiful garden. Keep up the good work.

GG

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shaheen_lal said:

sorry about that, i am not too sure how to get the link but here is another try: https://picasaweb.google.com/105748477671507615931


Hi Shaheen - Very Creative... Excellent!!! 

btw, the concrete pots are good. How did u make them? can you tell us? it might help many of us to build their own pots of desired size/shape.  and some pics too if you have..

 

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GG, thats a huge compliment, coming from you. Thanks.

Sri, thanks. Will post a tutorial soon about making d concrete pots. Dont have any pictures as of now, but next time i start making one, will surely click some photos and upload.

Rgds.

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Hi Sri,

Better late than never. Finally the promised tutorial to making cement pots is ready. Here's the link: https://picasaweb.google.com/105748477671507615931/HowToMakeConcretePots?feat=directlink

Hope this helps. Am also going to post the link under Miscellaneous forum as am not sure if this is the right place for it.

 

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Shaheen.

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Hi Shaheen,

You are very creative in your garden! Your plants also seem to be happy.

Fantastic tutorial with pictures.

Chitra

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Thanks Chitra. Glad you liked it.

Shaheen

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Shaheen,

 

Just excellent! Fantastic. Very very creative with the tyres, toys, different formation. A very painstaking exercise of photographing and writing them all down and posting on the net about how to make concrete pots. Also, I liked the way you have asked folks to clean-up tools/area before the cement dried up. 

 

Onions: Can we put in any onion? Is it just straightaway burying them? What about the 3-4 bulbs which appear at the base - I mean where does the original bulb go off? The shoots have come from it, correct? How deep a container does one need? One container = One onion to be buried?

 

Any idea how I can plant shallots?

 

Regarding containers, can we make rectangular light ones? Are concrete pots as good as mud ones which have good porousity? Or it does not really matter?

 

Thanks once again. Excellent snaps. Keep it coming and keep the forum lively. We need to learn from you.

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Hi Jeev,

Firstly, thanks for all the wonderful compliments. Regarding the onions, it was just an experiment and was very pleased with the results so now its become a regular plant in my terrace garden. I just took normal store bought onions and put dem root down in the soil but have to leave a little of the pointed end above the soil. The plant uses the original onion bulb as food to grow the leaves and the new stems and bulbs, most of the time more than one spring onion, from a single small onion. Leave a gap of about 3 inches all around between the onions, and the number u can plant depends on the size of the container u use. I have successfully used a pot of about 6" height.

I have recently planted shallots the same way but made a mistake of burying them all completely in soil. After waiting for a few days when none of them sprouted, I dug up the soil and found most of the onions had gone rotten but a couple were still ok so I replanted those, leaving the tip exposed above the soil and a couple of days later some green leaves have come up. So lets see what happens with shallots. Will post the results.

As for making different shape containers, use your imagination and make whatever shape you can. As per info I gathered from the net, concrete is supposed to be porous.

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Shaheen

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hi shaheen,

simply fantabulous and very inspiring too..ur garden pictures are full of new ideas..

u are really devoted to ur garden...tyres, toys, bottles and everything spoke about ur passion for gardening...

i am curious to know about ur pineapple plant ..how did u start with and the fountain created in barni..is this fouintain working if so plaese guide me to make one of this kinds..

aapki creativity ko salam....jeev has righty said keep these snaps coming in the forum...they inspires the beginers like me...

regards

RS

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Sticking to the topic of growing onions - what I have done is to peel off an onion in such a fashion that I land up with the inner-most part (this is usually split bulbs) and made sure I did not damage the upper shoot region and the lower shoot region. All the peeled off parts of the onion were cut fine and used in making curry or as a salad (though not appealing.) The point of using some part of the onion is that one onion gives only one onion. Arithemetic 1-1 = 0. So you have not created anything. Yes, you would have created spring shoots which you can use. There are multiple producing potato-style-onions but I dont think the one we use at homes are multiple yielding ones. So next what did I do? Tried Hydroponics on this piece of onion. Dipped the base (base only) of this onion in water in a bottle (1/2 ltr minute maid) and the shoot is out. Its been 36 hrs now. Maybe some more days and the shoot might grow up. Anyone tried this?

 

Further maybe we can plant it in soil or keep doing this on the same onion. Cut the shoot. Let it grow again. Cut it again. Infinitely do this. Is it possible or tried?  

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1 cm of onion shoot sprouted on one of the two. So it takes a week. The other one looks like is dead. Maybe I did not peel it good. Now does anyone know if the growth would be faster if I buried it in soil?

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sharma said:

hi shaheen,

simply fantabulous and very inspiring too..ur garden pictures are full of new ideas..

u are really devoted to ur garden…tyres, toys, bottles and everything spoke about ur passion for gardening…

i am curious to know about ur pineapple plant ..how did u start with and the fountain created in barni..is this fouintain working if so plaese guide me to make one of this kinds..

aapki creativity ko salam….jeev has righty said keep these snaps coming in the forum…they inspires the beginers like me…

regards

RS


Thanks Sharma.
 

About how to grow the pineapple, really very simple but requires a lot of patience as it takes 20-24 months to harvest the one and only pineapple you will get on each plant. Just cut off the top green spiky portion of a store bought pineapple. Remove as much of the flesh as possible from it and poke it in potting soil. Water as required and soon it will start producing roots. U can chk after a  couple of weeks by tugging it gently. Infact, I had taken it out and and re-planted in a bigger pot. Just a couple of days back the pineapple had turned a lovely golden color and I harvested and enjoyed it with my family. But let me tell you that it was quite small, 1/2 the size of a normal store bought one but didn't lack in taste. I guess it requires a really big pot to grow to correct size. Nevertheless, it was a good experience.

As for the barni fountain, yes it was working but I have dismantled it now. I had used a small underwater pump (submersible pump) which was fitted with a tube which should be long enuf to come above the barni to the height you want your water to flow from. Place the pump in the barni with the electricity wire coming out (you may have to extent the wire for this) and fill d barni 3/4th with water. Then I took 3 plastic soup plates of varying sizes, made holes in the centre to allow the tube to come thru and also took 2 plastic kulfi moulds, cut off the base and place between the three plates to distance the plates from each other. Then place the largest plate on the top of the barni with the tube coming thru' the center of the plate and one kulfi mould, then thru d 2nd plate and one more mold and then thru the smallest plate and the last plate. Fill the plates with tiny pebbles and whatever you can find to decorate them. Then connect the plug of the pump to a power outlet and put it on. Water should start flowing from the top of the tube. The pump can be found in any acquarium shop and the tube will have to be something to fit the water inlet on the pump so you will have to chk the correct size for that. I had a small fitting which I had brought back from my trip to Thailand to fit on top of the pipe so the water could flow like a shower. Dont know if that is available anywhere here but even without that the sound of the water flowing is really nice and soothing.

So good luck with that. Don't be afraid to experiment with whatever material you may have at hand as thats what I did. Don't forget to post pictures when you are done. Smile

 

Shaheen

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Hi Shaheen,

 

What is the size of the pot required for pineapple?

 

Thanks.

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