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premlatha18
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I have tried and got successful growing brinjals, tomatoes, chillies , capsicum , beans , cluster beans , pumpkin , bitter gourd greens etc in my garden .

i want to try some rare veggies like lettuce , carrot , brocolli , beets and cauliflower .

any tips to make it possible . the climate is getting better here . Shade net wld help ?

years back i got successful growing cauliflower right in my backyard garden ...but now thinking of global warming causing extreme temperatures ...anyway anyone tried ?

 

i am unable to get lettuce and beets seeds here...ebay is so costly ..Embarassed

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Hi,

 

I tried to grow carrots last year, but I guess it was too hot and the soil too hard because they never grew thicker and longer than my little finger.

 

You get carrot,beet seeds at the shops near Mambalam Rly station – mostly Namdhari / Indam / Mahyco.

 

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You get them at Ashok seeds Natesan nagar mambalam. You can also buy from GG. Currently I have carrots grown. Almost a month now. Not much of a foliage still they are growing.

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Oh thanks ..let me try ...

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@ Premlatha18 -

 

You could get a few inputs from here -

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Hi

 

in Chennai I have been growing okra,egg plant,raddish, green chillie,bittergourd and string beans and of course all keerai - palak,seru,thandu,manathakali,pasala.

Have tried snake gourd,beetroot first time they have all sprouted in a weeks time.

The two places I get seeds from are GOOD GOVERNANCE GAURDS Besant Nagar ( Radhakrishnan 9841023448) and the nursery on Radhakrishna salai near Savera hotel.

 

Usha

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Nice to know so many have been successful in growing vegetables in chennai terraces. I am just a starter and have planted okra, radish, chilly and tomatoes recently. I had a tomato plant earlier in my balcony, but it was not getting enough sun and hence I had a problem with the flowers dropping off.

 

@Usha, can you tell me if i can have the okra, radish, chilly and tomatoes on the terrace directly or is there a need for some green shade?  Also, can you guide me on how big the pots need to be for these vegetables so that I get a good yield?

 

@Prema, you can get beet seeds at the agri horticulture society in cathedral road. Couple of weeks earlier I went there they had them. I also get seeds from Good governance guards as mentioned by Usha.

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Lakshmi I got GGG to put up the green net shade for me the plants look healthier after that.

The larger the pot the better the yield, to decrease the weight I put mud into used cement bags I line one with another to strengthen it roll down the ends. Will try and post a pic .

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@lakshmi

I went 15 days vack to horticulture society , they didnt have beetroot seeds then .may be wld plan another visit .

@ usha

i stay at madipakkam , even am planning for a shade net for my terrace , how much is the average cost ?

@cosmos

Ty for the information ...was of great help

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Depends on the area how many support pole etc 

GGG charges green sheet Rs 3 per sq ft

GI pipe Rs 600

Casurina pole Rs 50

plastic string Rs 25 per ball

coated wire Rs 100 per kg

clamps Rs10  each

Installation Rs 1.75 per sq ft

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i went to SUSI seeds at tnagar today and they have all the seeds priced from Rs . 10 . And also have hybrid namdhari seeds and lots of garden supplies as well .

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premlatha18 said:

I have tried and got successful growing brinjals, tomatoes, chillies , capsicum , beans , cluster beans , pumpkin , bitter gourd greens etc in my garden .

i want to try some rare veggies like lettuce , carrot , brocolli , beets and cauliflower .

any tips to make it possible . the climate is getting better here . Shade net wld help ?

years back i got successful growing cauliflower right in my backyard garden ...but now thinking of global warming causing extreme temperatures ...anyway anyone tried ?

 

i am unable to get lettuce and beets seeds here...ebay is so costly ..Embarassed

If any one manages to get lettuce seeds in Chennai do let me know.

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i found lettuce seeds in ebay.in .....they are priced heavly though ....

 

even am looking for them at cheaper rates ...did u find any ?

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I have ordered some butterhead seeds from Suttons , Calcutta.I heard the butterheads stand up to some heat, in any case I am going to experiment with them, even if they bolt, I plan to replant the seeds I get out of the flowers for some "generations" hoping to get heat resistant lettuce.

 sutton seeds india

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Ramna

Hi,how does one order from suttons through post or online?

could you let me have the contact details

Regards

Usha

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after the rains I thought it wise that the terrace needed to dry out so shifted the pots 

this is how it looks now and today plucked the one and only snake gourd that has appeared!

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Hi Usha,

heres the link:

 

http://suttonseedsindia.com/index.html

 

Shweta

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Thanks Shweta, thats the one I used. I sent an email to the id on their page and I got a reply in a couple of days.

They are are not particular about the order amount and would send it by speed post. I have been promised my entire seed set in the first week of September.

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Hai,Usha madam I want to try radish &beetroot in pots in madurai climate,please give your tips.

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Hi Raghu.

1. just usha will do 🙂

2. I have not yet succeeded with beetroot , seeds sprout but the seedling is so frail I wonder if it will survive.( I guess the plant knows I am not too fond of eating beetroots !!!

3. Raddish grows fast, first time I made the mistake of sowing many seeds in one pot all of them sprouted.

I was worried to transplant them so some of the raddish came out small as it had no place to grow.

You can sow the seeds now and they sprout in 2 to 3 days time.

Depending on the size of the container you could put 2-4 in a pot.

The soil needs to be slightly porous so you could use potting mix readily avilable in nurseries or mix regular soil with compost.

As manure I used only powdered cow dung once the plant had grown and compost.

Once you see the white color of raddish at the base of the leaf keep covering it with the surrounding soil, I am told it grows bigger if you do that.

Raddish is an easy to grow vegetable so do go ahead...enjoy!

 

Usha

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