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Basics of
growing food in
pots
Presented by
Miguel Braganza & Green Essentials
But I don’t
have a green
thumb 
I’ve killed so
many plants
already
We just don’t
have enough
space
There’s no
sunlight at...
If Karan can
do it, then
anyone can
REALLY
CONVENIENT
MUCH
FRESHER
JUST NOT
AVAILABLE
IT’S
CHEAPER
FUN
Why bother?
MYTH 1
It’s more difficult than
growing in the garden.
Actually, its probably
easier to grow in pots
MYTH 2
Pots are too small to
grow a full sized plant.
If you pick your pots
carefully, not really
MYTH 3
I can’t produce enough
in a few pots?
Looks are deceptive, each
plant produces a fair bit
MYTH 4
My balcony is too tiny
for even 10 pots?
If you can’t go sideways,
look to go upwards
MYTH 5
I get no sunlight, so
nothing grows well
There are plants that love
shade. Learn to love them
Actually, growing in pots is
not very different from
growing in the ground.
BUT, the differences
are important
Germinate
Transplant
Grow
Harvest
Key stages of your season
Pretty much
the same for
most things
you will grow
The RIGHT kind of Pots?
Round
YES
Square
NO
Check holes
are clear
Check
level of
drainage
holes
Thumb
rule,
1/3rd of
plant...
Which pot should I choose?
Cement, Clay or Plastic. Round or V-Shaped.
a) Porous and therefore allow
evaporation of water
...
Soil
50%
Compost
25%
Coarse
Sand
25% Can also be
substituted with
coco soil
Important for
improving
drainage
Organic matte...
Planning growing size/space
10-inch
diameter
pots
Usually
10-inch
height
LARGER PLANTS
Brinjal, Tomato, Chilly,
Gourds, Cl...
You’ve got
more space
than you
think. Just
look closer.
ON
FLOOR
RAILING
WALL
CEILING
PARAPET
Pots are the best for nurseries
SAPLING
IN POT
A CLOCHE to protect young
saplings
CUT THE
BOTTOM PART
OFF A USED
PET BOTTLE
PIERCE
BREATHING
HOLES ON
SIDE...
How do you prepare a terrace for growing
vegetables? VIA ARJUNTREE
Plant matter or lawn
Soil Layer
Geo-textile layer
Root ...
Terrace Garden in Margao
Food Type Full Shade Mostly Shade Some Shade
No Direct
Sunlight
Around 2 hours
sunlight
3-4 hours of
sunlight
Vegetables P...
Basic Techniques to Help you Grow Food in Containers
Basic Techniques to Help you Grow Food in Containers
Basic Techniques to Help you Grow Food in Containers
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Basic Techniques to Help you Grow Food in Containers

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Describes some of the basic things that you need to keep in mind when you are growing organically in containers for a home or terrace garden.

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Basic Techniques to Help you Grow Food in Containers

  1. 1. Basics of growing food in pots Presented by Miguel Braganza & Green Essentials
  2. 2. But I don’t have a green thumb  I’ve killed so many plants already We just don’t have enough space There’s no sunlight at home
  3. 3. If Karan can do it, then anyone can
  4. 4. REALLY CONVENIENT MUCH FRESHER JUST NOT AVAILABLE IT’S CHEAPER FUN Why bother?
  5. 5. MYTH 1 It’s more difficult than growing in the garden. Actually, its probably easier to grow in pots
  6. 6. MYTH 2 Pots are too small to grow a full sized plant. If you pick your pots carefully, not really
  7. 7. MYTH 3 I can’t produce enough in a few pots? Looks are deceptive, each plant produces a fair bit
  8. 8. MYTH 4 My balcony is too tiny for even 10 pots? If you can’t go sideways, look to go upwards
  9. 9. MYTH 5 I get no sunlight, so nothing grows well There are plants that love shade. Learn to love them
  10. 10. Actually, growing in pots is not very different from growing in the ground. BUT, the differences are important
  11. 11. Germinate Transplant Grow Harvest Key stages of your season Pretty much the same for most things you will grow
  12. 12. The RIGHT kind of Pots? Round YES Square NO Check holes are clear Check level of drainage holes Thumb rule, 1/3rd of plants height
  13. 13. Which pot should I choose? Cement, Clay or Plastic. Round or V-Shaped. a) Porous and therefore allow evaporation of water b) They can also easily chip and break, if they are held at the top a) Lightweight and ideal for balconies and rooftops b) Lower quality plastics may crack due to sun exposure after just a few years a) Concrete or cement containers can be very durable (if well made) b) They are reasonably porous c) Extremely heavy, a good choice to put plants you won’t be moving Clay Plastic Cement Ceramic a) They are a more expensive but last for years and look great b) They often require a secondary plastic pot on the inside POROSITY WEIGHT WATERING BREAKAGE COST Clay Very High Medium High Frequent Low Plastic None Light Medium Rare Medium Cement High Heavy High Moderate High Ceramic High Medium High Frequent High
  14. 14. Soil 50% Compost 25% Coarse Sand 25% Can also be substituted with coco soil Important for improving drainage Organic matter that is food for your plants The RIGHT kind of Soil
  15. 15. Planning growing size/space 10-inch diameter pots Usually 10-inch height LARGER PLANTS Brinjal, Tomato, Chilly, Gourds, Climbing Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage 6-inch 6-inch SMALLER PLANTS Herbs, Amaranthus, Spinach, Methi etc.
  16. 16. You’ve got more space than you think. Just look closer. ON FLOOR RAILING WALL CEILING PARAPET
  17. 17. Pots are the best for nurseries
  18. 18. SAPLING IN POT A CLOCHE to protect young saplings CUT THE BOTTOM PART OFF A USED PET BOTTLE PIERCE BREATHING HOLES ON SIDES YOUR CLOCHE NEEDS TO BE LARGE ENOUGH TO LET SAPLING GROW OPEN BOTTLE CAP TO WATER
  19. 19. How do you prepare a terrace for growing vegetables? VIA ARJUNTREE Plant matter or lawn Soil Layer Geo-textile layer Root barrier Roof slab Drainage cells
  20. 20. Terrace Garden in Margao
  21. 21. Food Type Full Shade Mostly Shade Some Shade No Direct Sunlight Around 2 hours sunlight 3-4 hours of sunlight Vegetables Pak Choi Beans Radish Spinach Beetroot Methi Lettuces Mustard Greens Asparagus Herbs Arugula Basil Parsley Celery Turmeric Mint *Under trees, in balconies or the shadow of your house, BUT NOT INDOORS BUT, I get very little sunlight

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