March 5, 2013
This is Sana from Delhi. I am fairly new - I have grown spinach , lettuce, okra, weet basil , capsicum , tomato , coriander , wheat grass in container pots. I would love to show the pictures but am unable to do in the format 🙁 I have few mistakes while growing them but with a lot of TLC they are finally growing ok. I wanted help in the following ....
1. I wanted to use tradition seeds rather than hybrid or GMO . Has any one any idea where these can be soused from. I am trying to do as much organic gardening as possible.
2. The fist capsicum fruit had rotten bottom . I searched online it was most probably bottom end rot. Any pointes how to avoid.
3. I got ants on my wheat grass. I sprinked talc on the outer rim so than more dont come in . I read lemon rind is a good repeller. Please advice. And will the wheat grass be fit for consumption or should I grow another batch ?
4. I planted okra seeds too but are planted too close together. I keep taking out weaker ones and planting in another pot but they dont survive. ... so they are growing very slowly.
5. Herbs : I had got sapling or thyme , parsley and oregano but non survives. What are the requiremets of sun n water for these ?
THank you ..
June 8, 2012
Traditional - Natti varieties/Heirloom varieties can be got from Annadana, Vanastree and Sahaja Samrudha. They accept payment via internet and can courier the seeds to you.
2. Blossom end Rot is due to soil unable to uptake calcium. Irregular watering can cause BER also. Remedy for BER is add chuna a pinch add to water and water the plants. Or you can mix milk with water and water the plants. But once BER is formed the current fruits will have the issue. Future BERs can be avoided by taking the steps mentioned above.
3. Turmeric around the pots repel ants. Yes you can still consume and dont see an issue
4. Okra is not a great candidate for transplant. Better to plant them directly. Otherwise you have to be absolutely sure that the root ball is not disturbed while transplanting. If you are using seed trays then transplant should be easy and i have had successful transplants for okra from seed trays.
5. Herbs = best to have it in partial sun. Need well drained soil .