Friday, 12 February 2016

Growing tomatoes after many failures

Tomatoes - A common fruit in every Indian Kitchen that is involved almost in every course of Indian food.This post will be a draft of my experience in growing these berries in my Roof garden in Chennai.




My gardening friends are experts in growing tomatoes , but I am on other side failed many times to grow these berries.



Initial Story:
When I decided to sow seeds for tomatoes, I started with a country tomato seeds which I got from the market. 








      STEP 1 : Removed seeds from a country tomato
      STEP 2 : Washed it and soaked it over night
      STEP 3 : Kept them in a paper towel and allowed them to germinate .


OR


  •    Throw these seeds along with the kitchen water.
  •    They will grow by them-self at right time.
  •    Later you can transplant them to bigger pots once they grow big.

Out of 7 tomato plants in my garden, only 2 are grown with the careful seed processing method. Remaining five are adopted ones(YES , I adopt tomato plants that I found on my way home). In these 7 plants each one is of different shape and sizes. I couldn't recognize them by name , but I love their shapes and colors. Dark red - pale red - Orange - Green - yellow colored tomatoes are the end products of my R&D division in my Terrace Garden.

As said, this easily grown plant germinated at one shot and then it was over crowded in my paper towel.
Slowly they were distributed to all my friends who actually got inspired by seeing their germination rate(They are not gardeners so over enthusiastic reaction)

FAILURE STORY:
My Plants First Disease: 

LEAF CURLED Disease:

One fine day when I saw my tomato plants their leaves looked curly and they were curled and bend down.So this is the first disease which affected my tomato plant to a person who doesn't know anything about plants and their disease.

The BIG Mistake:
When I became popular among  my colleague on my roof garden, I started getting more reviews and suggestion. Once suggestion was to spray tobacco syrup on rose plants.Being so clever I used them on my tomato plants too... Within days all my tomatoes got the TMV(Tobacco Mosaic Virus) and I couldnt control them. All my plants died and I have to throw them out of my garden to save other plants.

THE FACT:
Tobacco is useful in targeting caterpillars, aphids, and worms, but got to know later that it is not safe to use on peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, or any member of the solanaceous plant family.

Common Plants in solanaceous plant family:
Leaf Curl disease(Cucumber Mosaic Virus):
Some viral infections caused leaf rolling in my tomatoes.The solution is to discard the plant as soon as possible. But I couldn't go that cruel to kill my lady who has fruits all over her. Here comes My plant doctor(Mr.Anoop Kumar) for rescue and he guides me to use Chilly turmeric spray first. Worst case he asked me to use pseudomonas (5 ml in 1 litre water )for 3 days  and trichoderma (5 ml in 1 litre water ) after 15 days.

The Other Main Villain: Mealy Bugs





  STEP 1:


       Killing all visible Mealy Bugs by hands is one my practice that showed me good result.

  REASON:
  • Killing these insects in the plant will send alarming message to   other bugs and they will soon move away from your plant. 
    • This worked for me 100% and now I am practicing that every time for all my plants. 


      STEP 2:

      Remove the Mealy Bug affected plant parts. 
     Check lower side of your plant leaves when your plants show a sign of tiredness... These insects happily suck all your plants nutrition by sitting behind  the leaves. Remove those leaves before it spreads to other parts of plants. It worked for me in Bitter gourd and Snake Gourd plants too that was affected by aphids rather. 


      STEP 3:
      
      Wash your plants with GCT pesticide 
    Spraying this spray didn't solve my problem. Mealy Bugs later covered my tomatoes shoot and their leaves are curled and didn't allow the flowers to bloom.So I washed my entire plant with the diluted version of GCT pesticide. Wear a glove and wash your plant covering stems and leaves. Give them a full bath . Avoid watering your plants for a day. 

      STEP 4:
    If you are about to throw your sprouted onions and garlic WAIT..... Dont throw them, rather just throw them on your grow bags . Let them sprout and grow big. Crush their leaves when you water or weed your veggie . The smell from these leaves will not invoke any aphids. I have onions and garlic plants growing in almost every plant. Just 1 or 2 is fine . But it has good result. Didn't work well with Mealy Bugs

       STEP 5:
         
         Keep plants that will lure Alphids & Mealy Bugs

       REASON:
    If your follow steps from 1 to 4, where will these bugs go. They will either die or they will find your next plant. But we can give another solution for this. Try planting some plants that attracts these bugs. I planted Tuber-rose , Mums(Chrysanthemum) . Now I could see them jumping from my vegetable plants to these plants. I later cut these flowering plants as soon as they get affected. I wont spray GCT over them. Even portulaca and Purslane(Table roses) attracts these bugs. 


        STEP 6:
        Cut off the wilted plant parts and suckers.
    Dried leaves & Stems are of no use . They can be the breeding ground for other insects. So remove them with sharp cutters . I remove them when they turn yellow . Also remove the leaves that are very close to your ground cover. 

        SUCKERS:  They are the additional shoots that comes between your main         stem and lateral leaves. Remove them as they serve no purpose other than       sucking plant nutrition.



       STEP 7:  Mulching
    This is important so that the moisture in your soil is not drained out by the scorching sun and also to protect from insects.When ever I find a weed, I cut them into pieces and will use them as mulch.


      STEP 8:  Wood Ash
    Spray them to kill these mealy bugs. I haven't tried that yet .. but this is 
    THE CAGING:
    I have gone through many websites and blog that tells about this fancy word called caging.
    Until then I knew this world only for animals that need to be CAGED and not for my plants. 
    For me this makes no big difference. I was just thinking of our farmers. Do they do it in their farm? Then what is the point in complicating simple things. 

    Here are the few Pros and cons that I have gone through for caging

    PROS :
    • Provide shades for the fruit and prevent sun-scald(This happened to one of my tomatoes , where the bottom part was very close to a wall)
    • Not to worry on pruning, pinching off the suckers, or training the plant.
    • Retains Moisture of soil (prevent cracking and blossom end rot)
    CONS:
    • They can fall any time damaging the entire plant
    • More dense , more time to ripe
    I don't want to invest much on these caging structure. So here are my alternatives.

    . I tie them to a post with long cloth string.

    . Rest them near my walls with a trellis made out of wires and used cloth ropes 


    Result:

    I am having tomatoes that are enough for my family. Its almost a month now that I stopped buying tomatoes from market(From January 2016 - Feb 2016 and it continues)
    So back to the growth chart, My lady grows high and she sets up her flowers in almost all bunches. I waited for that little fruit to peep out of her calyx, but she wilted the very next day.I thought I was unlucky. But the truth is this concrete jungle has no bees or butterflies to do the pollination work. So I did Hand pollination.











    Hand Pollination:




















    Not a fancy word or process. Just rub two fingers in the center of the flower. Tadaaaa... I saw that little fruit. Now I have bunches of tomatoes in my garden and my son picks them every morning for my kitchen.

    NUTRITION:
    • Vermi-compost 
    • Bone Meal
    • Fish Meal
    • Starch water from kitchen
    • Neem cake
    • Pongamia cake
    • cow dung
    • Rock Phosphate
    • Epsom Salt

    Make your potting mix with good dose of nutrients before transplanting your tomato plant. These plants grow very fast and they need nutrition at every point of time. I use my default potting mix(Coco-peat + vermi + bone meal + fish meal + Neem cake + pongamia cake + cow dung). Adding to this , I used organic NPK fertilizer where in the above mentioned ingredients are mixed in right proportion. With one of my gardening friends advice , I used Rock Phosphate at the time of flowering and it shows effective result too. Animal manures are the alternatives to Rock phosphate so try those too if you cant afford to pay for Rock phosphate. You can also use Epsom salt that enhances taste of your tomatoes. But I haven't tried it yet.




    Best time to grow tomatoes: The plants that sprouted on October is giving me fruits till February. So now the calculation is yours. 3 months to start yielding. I can comment on this topic only after doing extensive testing.




    Wednesday, 10 February 2016

    In News

    MrsRoofGardener in the NEWS

    A small Tale in a big frame by MrsRoofGardener

    Indulge-The New Indian Express


    Good to see MrsRoofGardener as a portal to guide young gardeners



    Wednesday, 3 February 2016

    Safe Organic Fertilizers at AFFORDABLE COST

    You might have read about the Free Organic fertilizers in my previous post , You might be following few even before I post and few you might have started now. Today I want to share few info on few organic fertilizers that you can get it at much cheaper cost than inorganic fertilizers.

    Even in these fertilizers I use very few and I am still looking out for others. Will share my experience on their usage if I have . Please share even your experience in the comment section so that it could be used as a reference



    Cow Dung:
    _________
    We are in a state to buy even cow dung in fancy packets nowadays and that is the reason I add this as my first safe organic fertilizer at affordable cost. With all loaded nutrient as well as pathogens this fertilizers is enough for any beginners to start with. 

    One small instruction: Dry them in shade before you use them as they are loaded with other harmful pathogens which may transmit disease to your plants too.


    Do I Use??
    When I started my terrace garden, the first fertilizer which I purchased was "Cow Dung". I got at the rate of 60 rs for one rice sac of this fertilizer.
    This is the most traditional way that many of us would follow


    Sheep Manure:
    ____________
    My father used to collect sheep manure(ஆட்டு புழுக்கை) for our rose plants in our garden during my childhood days. We used to buy them for 20 rs a sac and now it may be even more expensive in a metro like Chennai. 

    But still i list them as one of the safest organic fertilizer that you could buy at affordable rate

    This manure seems to have their N-P-K ratio as 0.7-0.3-0.9 .
    Sheep Manure has the least amount of Nitrogen when compared with all other animal and poultry manure. This makes sure that your plants are not burned.


    Those round ball type manure is of less odor and hence recommended by many garden enthusiasts as Mulch.

    COST:
    ~60 rs per sac 

    Do I Use??
    I get a mix of cow dung and sheep manure from my milk vendor for my flowering plants.




    Chicken Manure:
    ________________
    With high nitrogen content, chicken manure is one of the best source of organic fertilizer for your vegetable garden. It has N-P-K in 1.1-0.8-0.5 ration and their high nitrogen content may some time burn your plants if not used properly.
    So when you buy them make sure that they are decomposed properly as it takes around 6 to 9 months to decompose. 

    Do I Use??
    No , I don't use chicken manure but instead uses my love birds poop bed into my compost bin and later add to my plants



    Vermi Compost:
    _____________


    This black gold came into lime light only after facing many problem with my traditional potting mix of sand and cow dung. Later it became my main potting mix ingredient. Loaded with lot of nutrients for my plants , they get monthly dose of vermi compost.
    Micro and macro nutrient in vermi compost which you buy generally depends upon the composting material that was digested by your worms.

    COST:
    ~15 rs per kg

    Do I Use??
    YES, I am adding to my potting mix in the ration of 5:10(coco-peat :vermi compost)


    Bone Meal:
    _________
    Who said plants are vegetarian? They love non-veg too...
    Give them a boost of bone meal while making your potting mix to make sure you supply them with good nutrient.What is so special about them

    • Steamed Bone Meal (3-15-0 ) Made from ground cattle bones.
    • P in bone meal is highly plant-available. 
    • Great mixed into the planting hole with bulbs. 
    • Good amendment for allium family plants (onions, garlic). 
    NOTE:
    • May attract raccoon.
    • P in bone meal not released in alkaline (pH greater than 7) soils. 
    • The phosphorous in bone meal takes a few months to become available to plants via microbial processes in the soil.
    COST:
    ~40 rs per kg

    Do I Use??
    Yes, I am adding them into my potting mix along with other materials(1 kg for a 5 kg block coco peat)


    Fish Meal:
    ________
    Fish meal can be defined as a solid product obtained by removing most of the water and some or all of the oil from fish or fish waste. Good Source of Nitrogen with NPK of 9-4-1.Make sure you add them while preparing your potting mix. 

    COST:
    ~30 rs per kg

    Do I Use??
    YES. To my experience adding them to your initial potting mix gives correct dosage of nutrients at the right time(flowering & fruiting stage). They are not like artificial fertilizers which releases nutrients immediately. They take time to decompose and nutrients are released slowly. 



    Neem Cake:
    ________________
    I used to watch Door Dharshan advertisement in my childhood days

    "வெம்பு தடவிய யுரீயாவை இலைகள் மீது தெளிக்கவும்" meaning don't forget to use urea coated with neem over the leaves. In this they never used to say that spray urea in your soil .So what is good about this neem cake

    •  100% natural NPK
    •  prolongs the availability of nitrogen to both short duration and long  duration crops
    •  protects plant roots from nematodes, soil grubs and white ants
    •  Reduce alkalinity in soil
    •  In TOMATO: Controls Tomato Seedling Nematodes
    COST:
    ~ 60 rs per kg(worth a gold now)

    Do I Use??
    Yes. I use them while preparing my regular potting mix


    Pongamia Cake:
    _____________
    புங்கை - With found this tree to come under Fabaceae family in plant kingdom in turn tells me clearly that they fix nitrogen and hence supplies more Nitrogen to our plants.The pongamia cake manure are very good to use as organic fertilizers as they are a rich source of NPK : 4:0.5:0.5 , which improves soil fertility. The press cake when applied to the soil, also has a pesticide value, particularly against nematodes, and others similar diseases. As a natural fertilizer, it can be mixed with neem cake pellets to give a better result.

    Cost:
    ~45 rs per kg

    Do I Use??
    I use them with my neem cake and use them while preparing my potting mix.



    Peanut Cake:
    __________

    With the N-P-K ration of 7.5 - 1.5 - 1.3 can be combined effectively with other fertilizers for boosting your soil nutrition. Peanut oil cakes are scented and insect seductive, which easily gives rise to leaf aphids
    It  should be combined with other pesticides that taste bad for your ants and insects.This preparation is given clearly in the file section of "Grow your veggies" Group in FB. 

    Do I Use??
    Since I couldnt get fresh cow dung, I am using them with neem cake for my plants


    Cotton Seed Cake:
    ________________
    பருத்தி கோட்டை புன்னாக்கு
    Cottonseed meal is a high-nitrogen fertilizer with an average N-P-K ratio of 6-0.4-1.5. 
    It takes several months to be processed by soil microbes and broken down so that it can release the nutrients it contains. 
    Organic farmers should seek out organic cottonseed meal because cotton is often a genetically modified crop and many pesticides are used during its growth

    Do I Use??
    NO,Still hunting for it. Please leave your comments if you could get to know the best place to purchase them


    Epsom Salt:
    __________
    When I started growing roses in my garden and seeking for expert advice the very first suggestion was "USE EPSOM SALT".

    Now, What is this EPSOM SALT? It  consist of 
    Magnesium — critical for seed germination and chlorophyll production Sulfur — key for protein production and plant growth
    Hence the name Magnesium sulfate.

    While looking for its usage, got one wonderful link that list out all usage of Epsom salt. Click here to know more on their usage
    Cost:
    8 rs per 10 g sachet 

    Do I Use??
    I tried once and burnt my rose plants . So be careful while using this.  Combine 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts to 1 gallon(3 liters)  of water. Spray foliage with the solution for best results.

    Sea Weed Fertilizer:
    ________________
    This is more techy for me to do research about this fertilizer over internet. But still I am including here since many organic gardeners are taking this into account while treating their garden with organic products. What I got to know is 

    • they condition the soil.
    • contains less source of N and P but lot of micro-nutrient.
    • Better frost tolerance, increased seed germination, and greater capacity to absorb trace elements were other documented benefits for plants

    Cost:
    I got for 70 rs one kg packet from horticulture society in cathedral road Chennai .

    Do I Use??
    Not a regular user. Tried once , but couldnt afford to pay so much . Now sticking with my default fertilizers


    Here I am finishing my post with all these fertilizers which I have used so far. These are my very personal usage report and the data are directly researched through online portals. 

    If you find some info to be wrong or if any info need to be added , please leave me a message. This could help lot of other gardeners who are in confusion of what to buy and what not to buy.


    External References:
    Benefits_of_sheep_manure
    Epsom Salt Uses
    Epsom Salt 10 uses
    Organic Manure

    Saturday, 12 December 2015

    The Story of My First Musk Melon

    My Little success in growing my first fruit in terrace garden. Musk Melon is one of my favourite fruit. The refreshing smell itself is enough to make you feel fresh. Growing them was under my experimentation list and I failed every time I sowed them.But this time I throw them along with cluster bean seeds. Ola !!! they germinated and dominated cluster bean. They are easy to germinate from seeds . All you need to do is save your melon seeds next time when you buy these fruits from shops. 

    Why do I experiment on this fruit @ home when I get it cheaper in shops?
    This can be your mind thought. Though they are in expensive in shops still the pleasure of being home grown is different.Try once and you will love it.

    Seed Collection:
    So here is the steps you need to do for saving these seeds.

    STEP 1: Take out excess juice from the seeds of melon 
    STEP 2: Wash them with fast flowing water in sieve . This will loosen the flesh that are holding the seeds together.
    STEP 3: Soak them overnight in water. Next day you can easily separate them.
    STEP 4: Dry them in semi-Shade 
    STEP 5: Store them in container(Squirrels and rats love this seeds. Dont mess with them by drying these seeds outdoor)

    Growing Musk Melon.
    I soaked the seed over night and kept in paper towel for germination.
    They germinate faster than other melon(This is my observation, may differ according to your variety)
    Plant them directly in your grow bag. I think I chose a smaller bag, so I got a smaller size melon.
    My potting soil is red sand + cow dung + neem cake . Boosted with vermi compost and bone meal once in 15 days
    I don't have place for them to grow on ground , so they started growing vertically.
    Weeks later I saw medium sized flowers near every leaves.
    I found a difference between a flowering structure of a melon family plant and a gourd family plant.
    Melon - gets two or three male flower along with one female flower in most of the leaves 
    Gourd - gets male flowers first on their main branch and female flowers on lateral branch
    I hand pollinated my melon flowers since I lost some female flowers because of zero pollination


    You can let your fruit grow bigger in size and finally harvest them once they turn yellow.

    Pest Problems which I faced:

    Blanket worm(Kambali poochi ) came for the smell of these leaves.
    Expert Advise : 
    1.Spraying detergent soap water[only on the insects - as your plants cant take the chemicals of your detergent]. Using this will kill the worm at one shot.
    2.Spraying soap nut water : 1 soap nut soaked in water and when sprayed will paralyse these worms . You have to take charge in picking and killing them.
    3.Burn them : old method of handling these worms . Pick them and burn it. Be a killer yourself with fire.

    My yield:
    1 fruit per plant. This is because I lost two fruits because there is no pollination. I will update this post with my subsequent post.

    End Result:
    Made a great smoothie for my son out of my first harvest and got ready to sow my next batch.


    Thursday, 22 October 2015

    Hand Pollination - A short love story in my terrace Garden

    Pollination:
    The important chapter in my higher secondary classes.After that botany became an old study book for me as I moved to engineering dealing with all theories and formulas. Now after installing my very own organic terrace garden, now all those wonderful terminologies that describes the creator's power in setting up the life cycle of a species are learnt by me every day.Being in a metro ,buzzing sounds of bees and butterflies and other pollinating insects are replaced by the man made inventions. That is a BAD news for a urban gardener like me. Here is a small equation of mine 

    NO Insects = NO Pollination = NO Fruits
    NO Fruits = NO harvest = NO success 
    Recently I was experimenting with snake gourd in my terrace garden and I FAILED. Reason I didn't pollinate them thinking I attracted many insects in my garden. WRONG ASSUMPTION. So some of the Question that arise among us are answered below.

    Why we need to hand pollinate?

    As per my equation given above ,when your plants face difficulties in setting up fruits from their female flowers , you need to go for hand pollination.

    How do I identify male & female flowers?

    Here is a small pic that helps you to identify male and female flowers


    How do I know that I need to hand pollinate?

    When you find that your female flowers are turning yellow and falling off , then its time to get your hands ready for a man(in my case it is lady-made) made love story between your male and female flowers.Here is an array of picture that depicts little more info on pollination.



    How to hand pollinate flowers in your garden?

    Please check the video 

    video



    What to do for self-pollinating veggies?

    Shake them/Give them a little make up with your paint brush.


    So why waiting rush to your garden and start pollinating them


    External links:
    I would like to give you some links for your reference if you would like to study further about them. 
    Click here for a clear pictures of hand pollination 
    Click here for methods to hand pollinate
    Click here for knowing pollination in different veggies

    Friday, 25 September 2015

    Gardeners meet in Nageswaro Park - mylapore(Sep 14th 2015)

    I am full time home maker on my week ends , with no time to spend on my social page opened my FB on Monday morning. The first thing I do there is to check out on my gardening group updates

    Shocking surprise to me when I say the cover photo of my gardening group "GROW YOUR OWN VEGGIES"
    How can I miss this opportunity to miss this meet with great gardeners of Chennai.
    But unfortunately it was my working day . Meeting was from 10 am to 12.00 noon

    Here is a small glimpse of that event narrated by vijay and given to me by Mr.Kamalakar Venigalla.
    If I miss anything please add to the comment section and correct me if anything is wrong.


    The speaker:
    Dr. Viswanath is the pioneer of organic terrace gardening in Bangalore.

    Minutes of Meeting 
    1)Each Gardener Should inspire a person to gardening
    2)Do not always look at how you can destroy an insect, see how you can grow a plant that can resist insect attack
    3)Potting mix should be 25% sand ,25% VC 25% compost , 25% Coir powder
    - Vermi-compost , releases nutrients fast , but also nutrients gets drained faster
    - Compost , essential as they release nutrients slowly
    - Coir powder - replacement for sand , helps in retaining water and decomposes slowly

    4)Liquid Nutrients suggested
    - Panchagavya
    - Jeevamruth
    - Amrut jal
    - Beejamruth
    There is no defined frequency for providing nutrients to plants, check your plants and based on need or problem provide.

    5)Metro Water usage , prepare pot or tank similar to rain water harvesting with different layers and use. Another option is keep the water in sun for a day and use.

    6) Watering of plants
    U can water the plants daily with a cup or 2 to ensure , waters does not seeps out , but once in a week ensure soil is completely drenched and water seeps out.

    7)Smoke once in a while to ensure pests stay away for sometime.

    8) Grow good companion plants like mint , garlic with your main plants to reduce pest attack

    9) Hybrid is not organic in his opinion, as far as possible try to go for country seeds. Hybrid is crossing of 2 plants , GMO one part is plant and other part could be anything , fish,pig etc. smile emoticon

    10) Try to use , what is around you and compost at home.

    11) Bokashi Bran is easy to prepare , 1:1 bran(thavudu in tamil) with butter milk should be mixed and kept in an airtight container till u start seeing that white layer on top. Then shade dry it and pack for usage. Anaerobic leach-ate is very good for plants.


    12) Learn and grow about micro greens , it is highly nutritious for kids. Ensure you involve your kids in gardening

    Though I couldnt attend the session , I was in need to meet atleast Anoop sir

    Sharp by 12 noon , I called Anoop Sir , pleading him to wait for some time to meet this poor gardener. And YES he  was waiting for me there along with a fleet of gardeners.

    To be just frank , I saw him as a Doctor . I stood before him as a sad patient waiting to get some some remedies for my babies.
    When he asked me "How are you?" , I replied him back saying "I am good , but my plants are not good"

    Yes my babies were not good. My mom scolded me the entire weekend for spending time in my terrace garden which gets me nothing(according to her).
    Though I have this continuous discouragement in my home , I feel happy when I sit with my plants , when they show me some good sign. But this time since my plants were not in good shape , I was drained out completely .

    So in this post I am drafting what I learnt in that half-an-hour discussion with Anoop sir and other gardening friends.

    I started with my negative story , he asked for my positive story - It boosted me

    My negative story for that day : 
    -VE STORY 1:
    My chilly plants & cluster beans after being transplanted are curled unfortunately and got yellow colouration on leaves.
    - He said it will be a fungal attack and that is because the soil lacks magnesium and other nutrients.
    - Solution for fungal attack : A doctor's prescription values more when you have a proof for it. Yes this time from another gardening friend who got the solution for the fungal attack  through Anoop sir.
    Little Chilly paste with turmeric powder . Spray them over the plants by diluting 2 ml with 1 litre water.
    - My question was how long will it take for my plant to come out of the attack ? with this spray it may take two weeks 
    - Shelf life : 3 days
    - Alternate solution : The great 3G Spray(I will document the procedure of this soon in my upcoming post)

    -VE STORY 2:
    My snake gourd has lot of flowers but no female flowers.
    - Wait for some more days you will see female flowers(surprisingly the very next day I saw one female flower)

    My positive story for that day :
    +VE STORY 1: My bitter gourds & Cucumbers are doing good.
    +VE STORY 2:I am good at harvesting greens.

    People assumption according to the expert:
    3G spray:
    Though 2.5 ml of 3G spray is effective in 1 litre water people increase the ratio. This could burn plants. Expert says if they are using more they use to dilute them with more soap nuts

    Soap nut:
    soap nut is an emulsifier It will work on aphids when used plain. Boiling soap nut is not that necessary .If the 3G concentrate is increased then more soap nuts need to be added.

    Monday, 7 September 2015

    How to start with Le-Grow's Mission:



    This Mission was started on an intention to make gardeners to use their own kitchen garbage into compost and also to make the expert compost makers to use their product into their own garden.We also have a vision to share the compost made by us to all fellow gardeners near your locality.Sharing make us happy. But this time we share things with purpose.

    Things Needed to start your own compost :
    1. An old plastic paint container (washed completely) or an old bucket or your empty terracotta planter
    2. A bottom tray to collect the liquid and a lid to cover the bin
    3. Your daily kitchen scraps
    4. Bits and pieces of newspaper or your kitchen paper napkins 
    5. A rake or an old spatula to turn your compost in periodic intervals 
    6. Your patience and a small place in your balcony or terrace

    How to start
    This event is actually planned for 1 1/2 month starting from 5th september 2015 to November 1st 2015. But as people feel that it wont be enough time for the compost to get ready we increased the mission period 


    START DATE : 5th September 2015
    END DATE   : 1st December 2015

    I have a doubt!!!!
    If you have a doubt on composting , please post it in our forum . We will ask experts to review the question and they will give apt answer. As of now we gave permission only for registered contestants of Le-Grow Mission. Non-contestants kindly bare with us as we cant have spammers to control this event.Mail me your email id so that I can add you in

    Documenting for your reference:
    Then do it in this link - a common place for all composters

    STEPS FOR THE CHANGE
    1.This is a challenge for all green activist and gardeners to use their daily kitchen scraps for making their own compost.
    2.Contestant need to start dumping their kitchen scrap from September 5 2015 to September 20, 2015( 16 days )
    3.Choose your compost bin wisely before starting this challenge.It should fit in all the scraps for those 16 days
    4.After 16 days contestant need to post their weekly status of their compost bin in the link given for you. 
    5.If you are expert in any type of composting requesting you to document it for us . This will help others to follow.
    6.Once your compost is ready or after Dec 1st tell us how much you collected and how much you could share with others at a minimal rate. We are welcoming self made compost providers around the city to help other gardeners
    7. Keep looking  for more challenges through this mission