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Terrace vegetable gardening, need help
January 26, 2014
10:33 am
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Hi, I am very new to gardening and I was going through various threads in the forum. It helped me immensely to gather knowledge. However, I am stuck with some questions. Here are my plans and situations. It will help me if anyone can guide me through my questions. May be it is too much all at a time, so spare me please. ūüôā


Option 1:  Going Organic Way

a) I plan to use coco peat, compost and manure in 1:1:1 ratio. Is this good to hold plants like tomatoes ?

b) I can make a structure with 4 feet in length and 4 feet in width and height of 18 inches. How much KG of cocopeat, compost and manure is needed to fill this volume (4*4*1.6 = 25.6 cubic foot). ? It will really help me calculate load an cost.

c) Organic fertilizers and fertilization schedule for plants and soil.


Option 2: Going Inorganic Way

a) Mix coco peat, perlite and vermiculite in 2:1:1 ration.  Is this good to hold plants like tomatoes ?

b) The structure will be same as above mentioned (25.6 cubic foot). How much KG of coco peat, perlite and vermiculite needed in the ration of 2:1:1 ?

c) Without using drip system can nutrients be fed through hand watering ?

d)  Nutrients and nutrients schedule for plants and soil.


Please note, I plan to make a terrace garden. I have approx 300 sq ft . But I right now I only plan with 16 sq ft. When it will be big I will consult a structural engineer. Hydroponics will not be an option as I will not be allowed to use the extra electricity. 

Thanks GG for this nice forum. 

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January 26, 2014
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You could try the Kratky method for Hydroponics which works without the use of electricity. Gives good yields, faster harvest, and much lesser soil based virus problems being hydroponics...



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January 28, 2014
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Inorganic way:
Go for cocopeat perlite, vermiculite is not necessary. cocopeat compressed 5kg block will expand to 75 litres of media. from litres you can easily convert to cubic foot. Use 10% perlite in volume.

Nutrients can be fed through hand watering.

Nutrients and schedule is a detailed topic. we can cover this later in a dedicated post.

Hope this helps

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