My Edible Garden: “With my pipe garden I grow upto 22 vegetables on 1 sq ft”

I have grown a wide variety of vegetables in my garden like Maize, Kidney beans, ChowChow, Bush beans, Purple beans, Tomatoes, Cherry tomatoes, brinjals of different varieties, various greens, amorphophallus, Okra etc., in the terrace successfully.


My Edible Garden features notes and experiences from gardeners across India as a blog series every week. 

The constant gardener

I am a resident of Bangalore. I graduated from Christ College, Bangalore (now Christ University) in 1989 with botany and zoology as my subjects.

Starting my own kitchen garden

In my childhood, we had a huge garden and all that we wanted, we grew in the garden. I had to shift to terrace gardening due to lack of space in our current residence.

The first harvest

I have grown a wide variety of vegetables like Maize, Kidney beans, ChowChow, Bush beans, Purple beans, Tomatoes, Cherry tomatoes, brinjals of different varieties, various greens, amorphophallus, Okra etc., in the terrace successfully.

Challenges and lessons

The main challenge I faced was the monkey attacks on my crops. The only thing that worked was to barricade my entire terrace with steel grills. Other things like nutrition problems and pest problems are such that one never really can deal with once and for all. It is an ongoing drama that we have to play out.

Gardening guide for the geeks

It was then that I started experimenting with my vertical pipe garden. Of course, the journey was fraught with challenges. Today I can say that with my pipe garden I can grow 14-22 vegetable plants in a footprint of 1 square foot.

Recommendations to first time growers 

Quite a few people are hesitant to start a garden citing a wide variety of reasons, but a lot of people who have the same issues have started gardening. One has to WANT to garden. The will to do is the driving factor.

My suggestion is to start small and start with plants that are ready for consumption in the shortest period of time (like green leafy vegetables) and importantly ones that are native to their area. Having started, and persisted, it’s only a matter of a year or two, with proper planning that one can sustainably grow a substantial portion of the daily food requirements. It took me a couple of years to actually get the confidence to do so. So in conclusion I say to all – Just take the plunge.

Tend to a garden everyday in your backyard, front yard or window sill? Or join your friends every weekend in a community space to grow your own food? Write to contribute@thealternative.in to start sharing with our readers every week!


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a native of bangalore. I was an avid gardener from childhood. I graduated from Christ College,Bangalore(now Christ University) with botany and zoology as my subjects.I love to experiment and have taken to experimenting with various gardening techniques.The pipe garden has been the culmination of my 4 years of experimentation. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a native of bangalore. I was an avid gardener from childhood. I graduated from Christ College,Bangalore(now Christ University) with botany and zoology as my subjects.I love to experiment and have taken to experimenting with various gardening techniques.The pipe garden has been the culmination of my 4 years of experimentation. more

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