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!

 

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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...
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Ecological sanitation toilets are the best option to deal with mounting sewage burden in India.

Untreated sewage is the biggest source of water pollution in India with around 70 percent of the raw sewage generated in urban areas entering lakes, rivers, seas and underground aquifers. As India builds more toilets in pursuit of ending open defecation, water pollution is increasing exponentially. The treatment facilities are simply not able to match the sewage generation capacity of toilets. Lack of water in many places also reduce the use of toilets.

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Years of indiscriminate dumping of sewage turns Kashmir’s beautiful Dal Lake into an eyesore.

Srinagar's prime tourist attraction, Dal Lake, is no more the scenic beauty it used to be. It's turning into an eyesore, thanks to sewage discharge and weed growth. A paper titled Water Quality assessments of Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir published in the International Journal of Scientific And Engineering Research in December 2017 (PDF of the report attached below) reveals that 1,200 houseboats alone dump about 9,000 metric tonnes of waste into the lake in a year.

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INREM Foundation’s work helped develop protocols on designing proactive action on safe water and nutrition to help mitigate fluorosis in Jhabua.

In 2010, nine-year-old Kailash from Miyati village, Jhabua developed symptoms of skeletal fluorosis. Fluorosis, which affects millions of people in India, is a health issue caused due to high fluoride content in drinking water. Skeletal fluorosis is marked by deformed bones. It affected all aspects of Kailash's life including his education, physical functioning, social acceptance, etc.

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Would like to know the specifications, if any  for undesirable constituents in the treated sewage water used for gardening.

Name:Venkatesh

E-mail ID : venkateshav@hotmail.com

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The theme for the Conclave this year is “Water Use Efficiency: An Imperative for India” to highlight the imperative of water use efficiency in the industry, agriculture and urban contexts

November 28, 2017 10:00AM
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Amit Godse is on a quest to save bees by relocating them and motivating people to keep bees for honey in their gardens.

Studies suggest that bees are disappearing at a rapid rate in India. Should we be worried? The disappearance of bees has particularly alarming implications for human existence. Honey bees play a very important role in preserving the biodiversity of nature. Bees are pollinators and many crops, vegetables and fruit-bearing trees depend on bees to reproduce.

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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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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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