Gardening

The term 'gardening' automatically conjures up visuals of an enclosed planned space, usually outdoors, where both ornamental and food plants are grown. But with shrinking open spaces in urban areas, people have had to become more creative in order to become more green. Terrace gardens! Not only are these green patches a visual delight but they also help provide city farmers with a healthy, organic food palette, free of pesticides.

An expert on terrace gardens, Dr Vishwanath Kadur has some simple tips to grow food on one's roof in earthen pots. Panchgavya, a concoction made up of cow dung and urine, fermented with a host of other ingredients, is another organic solution that can be prepared conveniently. Vani Murthy explains how a roof garden can be enriched through vermi composting.

A garden is possible no matter where you live. All you need to do is to flex your green thumb! Read our FAQ on terrace gardens and get answers to some basic questions that will have you get started on this exciting venture!

 

  • 1. We are an apartment complex with 320 families and a Aerobic STP of 1,50,00LPD. We have recently started using STP treated water into toilet flushing. Since same water is re-circulated repeatedly, I am concerned that URIC ACID concentration will get higher over a period of time as it never gets el...
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  • Recently, I purchased 7 acre of land. We dug a bore well and we got 1.5 inch water at 350 feet, and we dug till 650 feet. The question I have is How many liters of water we will get daily? I'm planning to grow Fruit trees (Pomegranate, Guava, Gooseberry). Will the water I'm getting be sufficient...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 week 17 hours agoread more
  • The FICCI Water Mission ​​has ​​instituted the ​​Conclave and ​​Awards on ​​annual basis to ​​recognize ​​excellence in ​​water ​​conservation ​​and sustainable ​​water ​​management ​​practices. The ​​Awards are ​​conferred for ​​four c...
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  • I planted curry patta and now in two years it has grown big. I am worried that the tree roots will break the concrete of my terrace, and that the roof of my top floor is in danger. Someone told me it has soft roots unlike neem or peepal and nothing to worry. Please advise, shall I shift the plant to...
    Anonymous (not verified)posted 1 month 3 weeks agoread more
  • The per capita availability of water in India is going down progressively and the situation may become precarious unless the country takes measures like the recycling of water in an organised manner, warns Dr Sharad Jain, director general of New Delhi-based National Water Development Agency and seni...
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  • Dear IWP Even though I have kept the vegetable/ flowers growing bags on a plastic sheet on my roof, still I find wetness on the floor. How it will impact the roof and how can I prevent it? Regards P K Rangarajan
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  • It was a sultry Sunday afternoon in Goa, the time traditionally reserved for heavy lunches followed by long siestas but the small crowd gathered at Arjuntree One in Margao defied the stereotype. They had come from all over the city to learn about an activity close to their hearts--growing ...
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1. We are an apartment complex with 320 families and a Aerobic STP of 1,50,00LPD. We have recently started using STP treated water into toilet flushing. Since same water is re-circulated repeatedly, I am concerned that URIC ACID concentration will get higher over a period of time as it never gets eliminated but keeps building up. I fear this may lead to fowl smell in toilets eventually. Please elaborate on this aspect, how to measure URIC ACID, how to reduce it etc. 2.

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Recently, I purchased 7 acre of land. We dug a bore well and we got 1.5 inch water at 350 feet, and we dug till 650 feet. The question I have is

  1. How many liters of water we will get daily?
  2. I'm planning to grow Fruit trees (Pomegranate, Guava, Gooseberry). Will the water I'm getting be sufficient for this? I'm new to agriculture as well and now confused.

Kindly help me. Thanks, Murali

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The FICCI Water Mission ​​has ​​instituted the ​​Conclave and ​​Awards on ​​annual basis to ​​recognize ​​excellence in ​​water ​​conservation ​​and sustainable ​​water ​​management ​​practices. The ​​Awards are ​​conferred for ​​four categories ​​and the ​​nominations are ​​scrutinized by ​​eminent panel ​​of Jury Members.​​

The Conclave ​provides a ​platform to ​showcase best ​practices, ​deliberate on ​policy issues ​and highlight ​sustainable ​water ​management ​practices, in ​particular, ​corporate ​engagement in ​water use ​efficiency, ​conservation ​and management.​ ​

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I planted curry patta and now in two years it has grown big. I am worried that the tree roots will break the concrete of my terrace, and that the roof of my top floor is in danger. Someone told me it has soft roots unlike neem or peepal and nothing to worry. Please advise, shall I shift the plant to pot or let it grow?

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Water expert Dr Sharad Jain believes that unless India adopts recycling of water in an organised manner, the country will soon become water scarce.

The per capita availability of water in India is going down progressively and the situation may become precarious unless the country takes measures like the recycling of water in an organised manner, warns Dr Sharad Jain, director general of New Delhi-based National Water Development Agency and senior scientist at the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee.  

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December 14, 2016 9:30AM

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Dear IWP

Even though I have kept the vegetable/ flowers growing bags on a plastic sheet on my roof, still I find wetness on the floor. How it will impact the roof and how can I prevent it?

Regards

P K Rangarajan

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Flood affected areas in coastal Odisha have adopted new ways of farming. Called floating gardens, these have the scope to reduce the food insecurities of the landless poor.

The coastal district of Puri in Odisha is infested with water hyacinth. In 1982, 10 million people and 3 million hectares of agricultural land was affected by floods causing the water hyacinth to increase to such an extent that it has affected the lives and livelihood of communities for almost three decades.

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Terrace kitchen gardens are slowly making their mark in the tourist hotspot. A couple helps those interested in organic farming either find good farmers or become one themselves!

It was a sultry Sunday afternoon in Goa, the time traditionally reserved for heavy lunches followed by long siestas but the small crowd gathered at Arjuntree One in Margao defied the stereotype. They had come from all over the city to learn about an activity close to their hearts--growing their own food.

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Stop use of fresh groundwater in city parks: Delhi Government

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