Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control
and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests.
Since in urban cities limitation is insufficient land for farming, the concept of terrace farming, vertical and container farmings are upcoming trends in urban farming. Here in this blog I will be sharing every single effort and techniques in building my Organic Roof :)

Location Details:

Country: India

State: Kerala

City: Trivandrum

Climate:Tropical, equable, hot, humid and dry.

Soil: Red soil in the Southern-most part of Kerala

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Long Bean (Valli Payar)

A different type of bean, which is longer in length but thinner in shape compared other beans. In India this is again found in south India. In Malayalam it is called 'Valli payar'. Seeds usually thick black in color and germinated in a semi soaked hydroponic  filled tray or any tumbler so that it can be transplanted to bigger container once the seedling appears.

Positioned the plant very next to the constructed net like structure. so that it can spread across the net.

Leaves are longer and light green in color. This image is taken after 20 days from the day of germination.

Pest Control Tips:

After 4o days plant started producing flowers.
Slightly violet in color and looks almost like an Orchid flower.

I could initially find that the flowers were falling , then noticed that there was worm attack. Also another threat to the buds are the very common red ants.

This image shows the long beans which is yet to grow in length and size.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pest and Insects - II

Bugs, Worms and other flys, they are called pest when they attack farm or a crop. In-fact they are beautiful creatures. Even-though  they are spoiling the plant they have every right to live in this world. Let us study on these creatures and there vicinity for preferring my Organic Roof.

let them enjoy.........

CATERPILLAR ..., looks so attractive but will not let the flower of pumpkin to survive.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Roof Plantation - II

After the second harvest and studying on roots of different plants, I learned that few plants require bigger containers as the roots are more of fibrous in nature, few among those plants are Beans and bitter guard. So my plans is to prepare a better support for the vines for the bean and bitter guard plant.

This is the new structure that I created, this would be another experiment. There is no investment at all, so may not look attractive.

I could find that the structure was leaning towards
one side, so tied it with ropes from all ends like a tent

Also arranged plants surrounded along the four corners of the structure.

Four sacks are planted with Long beans and bitter guard

Most appropriate structure for any vines to climb is
being constructed here. let us see how this will work.

Four plants in sack in four corners, with bitter guard
and long beans.

Another variety of Tomato

I could collect few different variety of Tomato seeds. This plant grows in length as it needs more support and the fruit is also bigger in size compared to my previous tomato plantation. In this post I will share different stages of its growth.

Since I found this is growing in length, I felt it needs better support. Tied the plant almost along with a PVC pipe and also rested it to the wall of one side of the roof.

This variety of tomato is bigger in size compared to previous batch of plantation.

In this image the plant is supported with a PVC pipe.