Generally, whenever there is talk of farming, first thing comes to our mind… of cultivable land. A nice plot, proper arrangement of irrigation and other facilities, etc. But in the small garden of the house other than traditional farming, cultivation can also be done in the beds built near the main gate. Moreover, it can also be cultivated in a small pot.
Rooftop Gardening, ie Terrace Gardening Ideas, has increased in recent years. It is also called Terrace Gardening. Today, we are telling the story of a man who grew grapes in pots while gardening on the terrace. This is the story of K. Rajmohan, retired bank manager, resident of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. You can learn a lot about rooftop gardening from them.
There was no experience of farming, the beginning of such
According to a report by The Better India, Rajmohan had no farming experience, but in a few days, with the patience and practice, it became easy for him to cultivate fruits. By growing grapes in the grow bags on the roof of his house, he changed the perception that grapes can be cultivated only in hilly areas. About 6 years ago, in 2015, he started Terrace Gardening with 20 Grow Bags. Today, on his 1,250-square-foot terrace, he is growing fruits and vegetables in 200 grow bags.
Starting with 2-4 fruits and vegetables, today more than 25 things are grown.
In the early days, he cultivated vegetables like tomato, cucumber, pumpkin, which also gave him good yield. Today, in their terrace garden, grapes, oysters, turmeric, bush papers, peanuts, brinjals, spinach, chichinda, coriander, chillies, cauliflower, cauliflower, bitter gourd, ginger, turmeric, beans, kundru, plum, apples, Krishna fruits, kagzi lemons, Papaya, Banana, Mulberry, Strawberry Farming, Yam and Maize are included.
It is definitely expensive to build a rooftop garden, but in the beginning it takes a lump sum of money. Rajmohan invested around Rs 2 lakh for his rooftop garden. Whatever fruits, vegetables, etc. you grow in it, it remains fresh and organic.
Bought plastic sheets and laid on the roof
Rajmohan says that he bought plastic sheets and laid them on the roof and then arranged a metal stand and bricks to place the gro bag over it. Pots and sacks were also placed on the roof to avoid water logging. Then they covered the entire roof with a shed net.
Neighbors started asking many types of questions and Rajmohan went on to use every question. In these questions, there was a question how to grow grapes on your roof? In this too, Rajmohan made a revolution.
How to cultivate grapes on the roof?
Rajmohan told The Better India that after some research, he brought two small plants of a month old grape from the market and prepared a grow bag for them. They put the soil in the sun for 10 days and then sprayed lime water in it. After this, left him covered with clothes for two weeks.
Then he mixed cow dung, coconut husk and vermicompost in equal parts in the soil and filled three-fourths of the grow bag with it. In it, he planted both the grape saplings brought from the nursery. When grape vines grew, they trimmed the remaining vines by keeping two healthy vines. He gave support to healthy vines with bamboo lights. Within 9 months the plants were ready for harvesting. They trimmed branches that did not bear fruit. They say that fruits are grown in these vines 3 times a year.
Focus on irrigation, use of special fertilizer
They say that grape vines need to be watered one to three times a day depending on the season. Birds Eye Chili and organic manure made from garlic or rice water are used to protect them from insects, while they spray neem oil to eliminate insects.
As a special fertilizer, they use animal bone powder, neemkhali, organic manure and groundnut cake. According to the Better India report, they also distribute their fruits and vegetables and their seeds to their neighbors. They also give tips to people about terraced gardening.