How can we spare a moment from this hectic schedule for a home garden? This could be the first thought that pass the minds of many. But wait. Anybody can make a kitchen garden, if you really want to do it.
What to plant
Many of us just remember to take the curry leaves, only when the oil heat on the pan. A curry tree comes in handy in such situations. Similarly, green chilli, spinach, tomato and other vegetables also are essentials for a kitchen garden.
Where to plant
Curry tree, drumstick tree, lemon tree and the like are suitable for long term harvesting. We have to give them a special place in the garden. Ginger, turmeric, elephant yam, colocasia, purple yam and sweet potato, which can be grown in partial shade, can be used for crop rotation. They can be planted in sacks as well. Tubers yield well even if planted in sacks. Green chilli and chilli pepper also can be a part of the garden.
Spinach, cucumber, bitter gourd, pea, okra, pumpkin and snake gourd need full sun to grow, whereas chilli and tomato can be grown in shade as well.
Make the grow bed in terrace
Don’t worry even if there is no space in the ground. Let’s grow the vegetables on the terrace. We can use grow bags and sacks to plant the seeds. Old vessels, bucket, flower pots, or anything in which a plant can grow can be used in the garden.
It is better to place the pots on a platform made of iron pipes. This will avoid direct contact with the terrace, which will prevent moisture from destroying the roof. If iron bars are not available, use burnt bricks or hollow bricks as a base to place the grow bags or pots.
Prepare the soil
The grow bags should be filled with a mixture of soil and cow dung. Sow the seeds in the flower pots or grow bags prepared, or replant the saplings with 4 -5 shoots. The seeds, especially the smaller ones, should not be sown too deeply. After sowing, wet the soil gently.
Sow the seed
The seeds of spinach and brinjal may be carried away by ants. To avoid this, sow them after mixing with turmeric powder, nicely ground rice, or rava. The ideal time to replant the saplings is in the evening. During summer, the saplings need shade at the interval of 2-3 days. At least 2 -3 seeds can be sown in every sack.
The plants will flourish, if cow dung powder or crumbled egg shells is provided once in a week. Water the plants at regular intervals, but don’t let the water overflow from the pot.
Do not grow plants in the same pot or sack continuously. It will affect the yield. After harvesting for the 3-4 time, remove the soil from the pot, and refill it with ash, cow dung powder and crumbled egg shell mixed with soil.
We can ensure best yield, if each seed is planted in the right time.