Studio owner proves vegetables can flourish on building roof in city centre too
Kozhikode: A man has set a model for all who refuse to start cultivation blaming lack of space and busy city life by farming vegetables on top of a building in the city centre in Ramanattukara. Shibi M Vaidyar, owner of White Magic Shooting Floor, has been cultivating vegetables on the terrace of Safa Building on Ramanattukara-Airport road here.
Shibi used to let the waste water flow out after cleaning his office. The thought of wasting water during summer and drought disturbed him and he started terrace farming two years ago. He filled some grow bags with soil and sowed vegetable seeds. The water was used for irrigating the plants.
The terrace farming gave him a good yield in the very first year. Thus Shibi decided to continue farming. The number of grow bags were increased. With this, waste water from office was insufficient for watering. Shibi found a solution for this by using the overflow from the water tank on building roof and by rainwater harvesting.
Only grow bags and seeds are purchased from outside. The slush deposited in the drainage nearby is mixed with neem cake, groundnut cake, lime and bone manure to fill the grow bags.
To ensure growth of plants, Shibi prepares a solution by mixing soaked quickstick leaves with some yeast and applies it at the flowerbed. Fish amino acid that is prepared by adding equal amount of jaggery and sardines is used as a tonic for the vegetable plants.
The major threat for the plants is from moth larvae which instantly multiply and eat the leaves of plants. However, Shibi manages to get rid of pests also.
Though Shibi spends his leisure time for farming, he never sells the produce. He supplies the vegetables to his family and friends and the building owner who gave the space for free. Shibi has plans to cultivate onion in the next season.