The Government of Tamil Nadu has announced the do-it-yourself kit program for the promotion of roof top vegetable garden in Chennai and Coimbatore. In this article TWA will provide brief guidelines, procedures and many other.
How to get them:
One can get the Kit either by applying online or visiting the Horticulture Department, Tamil Nadu.
http://tnhorticulture.tn.gov.in/application-do-yourself-kit (Update : Link not working) Visit the new scheme offered by Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department.
The Kit cost you Rs.1325/- per kit and one can buy upto 5 kit using one registration.
You would require a photo copy of your Ration Card / Voter ID or any other document for verifying the address and a colour passport size photo
What does the Kit Contains:
The Kit has the following components:
- 20 Sealed Polythene grow bags ( size 24×18 inches) with 2Kg Coco peat / bag
- Polythene spreading sheet,4×4mt (400gsm)
- Water soluble fertilizer
- Bio fertilizers
- Bio pesticide
- Bio fungicides
- Hand sprayer (1lit)
- Rose cane(5lit)
- Digging fork (Small)
- Seedling trays
- Vegetable seed kit(10 kinds)
- DIY kit Manual booklet or Operational Manual
Spread the polythene spreading sheet
Open the sealed polythene grow bag which has coco peat in it.
Pour the water till the coco peat fills the bag. Usually a coco peat will be dried and compressed so the ratio is around 8:1 compression and once you add water it expands rapidly.
While pouring the water use the “Digging Fork” to break the coco peat. Initially it will hard to dig but as you pour water you could easily dig using the fork
Add a hand full of vermi-compost or given manure to the grow bag and allow the coco-peat and the manure to react for 10 days. Within 10 days the bags will be ready and you can start using for growing plants.
Tip: Since the given coco-peat is not processed it needs to be decomposed. By adding manure and keeping them in sun, the coco-peat will sterilize/compost and will be ready for planting.
Some vegetables needs seedling trays before they are transplanted in the pot or grow bag. The details are given in the Technical booklet.
By the time the coco-peat gets decomposed you can sow the seeds in the pro trays and once you get the sprouts you are transplant them.
- DIY kit potting mix level :
Mix Azospirillum, PhospoBacteria, Pseudomonas & Trico Derma 5gm of Each / kg of potting mix (Soil+VC+cocopeat) and leave it for 30 minutes to react.. Then use to fill in grow bag or pot
2. It always recommended adding soil in the potting mixture. Soil gives strong foundation to the roots and helps the plant to stay strong.
Download PDF version of Operational Manual. Link
Update (Jan 2016)
Government no longer offer this kit as they are offering a new scheme for Do It Yourself . Follow the link below to know more about the new Do It Yourself Kit.
Post Update 2 (3 Jan 2017):
Heard that this kit is not available in many horticulture centres. Due to overwhelmed response its currently out of stock. Kindly call before you go. Or you can visit any popular ecommerce website like amazon where you can buy individual items as per your need.