June 22, 2012
June 22, 2012
May be I need all your advice and suggestions here.
I have been growing plants on plastic grow bags. I had added medium (red soil, compost and cow dung compost) to a level which I thought would be enough for the plants.
The Okra and other small plants have been doing well. But I have a problem with the Bitter Gourds. The plants give good number of flowers, but rarely any fruits. Though I had two plants, I had taken only one gourd from this. While some flowers become fruits, they ripe when very small and wither from the plant. Why is this?
1. Is the amount of soil that I added was not enough?
2. Did the pollination not take place? Should I do anything about this?
3. I also noticed (when I removed the plant) that the roots of the plant had come out through the drain holes. Since I had kept the plants on my terrace, I thought that the roots and hence the plants were affected by the heat.
4. What nutrients should I add to the plants in the future?
February 14, 2011
yes coco-peat if you wanna do it hydroponically - believe me that's the best way.. container gardening with soil & compost is frustrating... hydroponics is fun.. great results, no dirt.. no carrying heavy compost bags up your terrace..
i m not sure why you are facing these problems as i m not very experienced gardener, even i used get such problem when i did container gardening with soil, your compost must not be providing enough nutrition to the plant i don't find any other reason... Hydroponics can eliminate these problems.. so please jump into it with both feets..
October 16, 2012
Well it is going good. The main reason for not posting too often is I ran into a water shortage problem in my apartment and I had to limit my experiments for some time. Now things seem better. So will start again this winter.
You can check in TNagar (Parallel to Ranganathan St on the right side), they might have Seedling trays . I am not sure about grow bags. do you mean the black polybag or the cocopeat grow bag?
sorry to hear of the water shortage.. and really happy Garden Guru is doing wel. will visit someday!! Manu's pictures are truly inspiring.. thanku. The growbags I found in his post are what I was querying about.
But from a novice like me with very little space and few pots(but real green GREED and ambition!!).. what can I feed hydroponic plants? making the solutions etc will not work as quantities are a wee bit small!! will panchagavya work? I found panchagavya in Restore shop in Indira Nagar, chennai. Please suggest alternatives to the nutrier solutions.. if someone stocks it for sale, it would be really wonderful..
Thanks in advance
April 30, 2013
March 29, 2015
Hi.. I have just started terrace gardening a few months back and after successfully growing spinach, kohl, garlic chives, peas, mint etc.. I got some courage to grow tomatoes in containers and grow bags.. I have started with tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, spongegourd, capsicum etc this time..
Posting the link for some pics..