Hmm.. Maybe. However the okra found the composition good. We got a good taste of okra from it.
Okra: Now the big side-dish-sized leaves dried off and came off the node. Many of them and now its a long stick kind with only 2 or 3 leaves and a fruit on top. All this after the 4 day out of town. Surprisingly now we have small leaves coming off the bottom of that long stem at different points. very heartening and they are growing well. The one fruit is taking longer to mature than all the previous fruits that this same plant bore. And I am reasoning that its because of those huge leaves and photosynthesis then and now its only the top couple of leaves and the 4-5 node fresh leaves. Surface area of the leaves are very less now. And so may be this fruit is taking time to grow. Its now a couple of inches compared to when I pluck it - 4 inches.
I had half of the lone chilli we plucked today. The other half - gave it to mother-in-law who is also a chilli freak.
Two days back wifey said she did find a small bulb which appeared as a tomato fruit. Not sure. I did not have a look. The balcony looks green and so I dont feel like destroying that tomato jungle but maybe will have to and start on raddish and some other stuff. But it pains to do that on a 3 month old. Whoever said - only non-vegetarians are cruel !!!
End of our first season – we shall put it as running from mid-June to mid-Sept. one quarter or 3 months.
We plan to end this thread and start a new one calling it maybe "Season 2" – not the usual season. Its just for us to propel ourselves an attempt 2 taking over the experience from the previous err… season
We started the season 1 with the hope of trying different vegetables and some turned out very well, much more than we expected, red/green keerai, okra, methi were successful. The potato actually grew. Onion shoots appeared. Long 5 vines of bitter gourd with nice yellow flowers. Fantastic karpooravalli! A bad way of transplanting the thulasi but one of the two fought strong and survived. Good fighting spirit. Black tea powder gold dust like vermicompost from camaroon. Enjoyed applying them. The Chilli is almost entirely on it and thriving.
Wifey suggested that we try out lots of tomatoes and so we kept around 18 plants. To our surprise the tomato and the okra grew up to 7 ft. Never seen anything grow 7 ft in a balcony. Lot of tomato flowers and maybe 100s of them but no fruit. That was the only blemish of the season we would say. And so finally we put an end to the tomato jungle. Little Neha was a bit upset to throw the tomato plants but thats how life is and we need to move on to the next season.
Containers research, collecting them one by one, sticking to earthen ones, transplanting the tomatoes with care, soil mixing, an attempt at vermicomposting etc. It was fun! All and all lot of learning. A great site here.
And finally the curtains fell on Sept 17th 2011.
We shall start a new thread on "Season 2" and ask for suggestions/updates.
Rather than throw away the tomato branches, you can attempt to grow new plants from them by planthing small cuttings with a node or two. This will save your time in starting fresh seeds, especially if your toms are of hybrid variety. This idea is somewhere in geekgardeners's site.
Also, if is taking too long to grow to its usual size, probably the plant thinks time for fruiting is over and the fruits will mature at a smaller size :(. This I have also experienced and is known from many gardening blogs/ sites, including geekgardener.
You have a good crop of methi and coriander, which somehow I have never been successful with.
We did not have issues of sizes of Okra. They were fine. However a few points on Okra growing:
1. We left them alone for 4 days - when it was giving grown-up fruits every 3-4 days and we were happily plucking away, but when we were back, we found most of the leaves dry and one fruit on the top. This is a small one.
Even today that small fruit is of the same size. Not growing!! However now what we have is a long 7 ft main stem with 5 or 6 leaves at the very top and just this one small not growing fruit. Then as we go down its just barren stem until we come to the very bottom where 10 or so small leaves have grown to half-palm-size and lot of flowers and fruits there. The shapes of these leaves are also very different - slender long ones rather than the huge plate-size leaves.
Found these phenomena very strange.
2. Regarding having a harvest of 0.5 kg of Okra, we definitely need at least 10 or so plants started up at the same time. Since we had one, we used to pluck one and wait for 2 days till we could pluck an other one from the above node.
So initially all the flowers are clustered close by at the center of the 3-4 leaves and then when it grows they land up at the different nodes, one on the left and then on the right and so on. Very interesting!
Anyway it was all experimentation and lots of fun!
Hi Jeev, feel free to drop in anytime. I am in the midst of setting up the irrigation system. At this time I will run out of pots if all my seeds germinate. Maybe I should wait for some time before getting the seeds.
Hi Sureshsharma, thanks for the offer. How big does this drumstick variety grow and what is its pot requirement?. Please share details about your garden and experiences.. It will be useful to share info about what grows well in our climate. One piece of advise is, do not post personal info in forums. This is easily searchable through google. You can use PM for passing on personal info. Just to be safe than sorry.
I am from Chennai, I would like to know if anyone has grow murungai / Drumstick in containers…? Please let me know the dimension and the soil that I should use… any other tip will be helpful
I have grown drumstick in containers successfully. I took a 20L paint bucket for that purpose and filled it with cocopeat compost sand. Sand is to increase the weight of the pot. You can avoid sand if your area is not wind prone. Now and then I used to give a good dose of 19-19-19. They started yielding at about 4 months of the date of planting.
Thanks a lot for your input. Have planted P.K.M.-1 variety. I will also try that out in 20L paint container.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/arve_bee/9539490194/" title="Morangai by Arve_Bee, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/9539490194_7a37b5ea3a.jpg" width="500" height="201" alt="Morangai"></a>
My place is windy, so will use soil, compost along with coco peat.
When should i start with 19-19-19? How often you give them 19-19-19...?
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