April 2, 2015
Hi every one!!
I am Shashank Shekhar Singh from Delhi. I have started Terrace gardening for last 2-3 months and have been successful in growing spinach, Mint, peas (Although Got very late in sowing it), Kohlrabi, Garlic and onion chives!!
Currently nourishing my tomatoes, Zucchini, Pumpkin, cucumber and sponge gourd..
Moreover, I am living in an area with erratic water supply, so people are dependent upon ground water. Sadly, ground water of my home is saline and can be used only for washing, taking bath or in toilet but not for consumption.
Due to all this, I have to collect the used water from cooking(washing vegetables etc.), AC drainage, rain(if any) for watering my plants.
Can I use the saline water also for plants? TDS is roughly 3000 for it.
I am trying to set up my own drip irrigation system to minimize water consumption for my gardening.
I am using normal transparent 5 mm PVC pipe used by masons to check water level and by siphon system use it to drip in the containers. It works great. I got some 20 meters for 100 rupees. It seemed dirt cheap.
I am facing trouble to adjust the water drip speed. Sometime its normal sometimes it is erratic.
Can I connect the drip emitter to control the drip speed? how does it work?
October 27, 2010
I do not claim to be an expert on irrigation water but due to the newly acquired knowledge on the subject I am giving below advice.
TDS of more than 2000 is dangerous for most plants. A lot also depends on what the dissolved salts are.
Did you consider of DWC - Deep Water Culture hydroponics? May be it might help you with your water constraints.
May 1, 2010