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FOOD SECURITY THROUGH SQUARE FOOT GARDENING (SFG)
Nutrient-rich and pesticide-free vegetables are not available for common people all
over the world. To solve this problem, Mel Bartholomew of the US introduced
square-foot gardening. Only 20 per cent of the area is enough to produce vegetables.
Throughout the world, 75 million people are implementing this method. Manuring,
watering and labour are reduced by nearly 80 per cent.
Two million people living in Cuba’s capital, Havana are producing organic
nutritious vegetables for all.
Fr. Abraham introduced square-foot gardening in Darjeeling area, providing food
security and eradicating malnutrition among tribals in that area. He also set up an
institute to impart training in square-foot gardening. My friend Ch Dutt is
introducing SFG in Vijayawada.
ADVANTAGES OF SQUARE FOOT GARDENING (SFG)
1. Saving of Space, Manure, Labour, and Water.
2. Elimination of in-organic fertilizers/pesticides/ herbicides
3. Healthy, tasty, nutrient-rich vegetables with longer shelf life are produced.
4. Elimination of Soil testing/turning/digging, weeding, fertilizer application, and
use of
fork/shovel/spade.
MATERIAL REQUIRED FOR SQUARE-FOOT GARDENING
1. Standard clay bricks : 48 nos.
2. Polythene sheet : 16 square feet.
3. Matured compost : 8 cubic feet.
4. Coir pith : small quantity
5. Plastic pipe 1/2" dia : 80 feet or any material to create ridges for
16 blocks.
PREPARATION OF BED FOR SQUARE FOOT GARDENING
1, Place the 4' x 4' (16 sft) Polythene sheet on the roof/in the garden.
2. Place the bricks on the Polythene sheet in two layers to attain 6" height.
3. Fill the square within the bricks with fully matured compost up to 6" height.
4. Sprinkle 10 Ltrs. of water on the compost bed.
Hurray, UR SFG is ready to sow 16 varieties of vegetable seeds.
DAILY CARE/MAINTENANCE OF SFG
WATERING : Sprinkle 10 litre of water to create moisture on the 16 SFT compost
bed every day morning. Sixteen varieties of vegetables can be harvested in 6-8
weeks.
No maintenance other than watering is required. Add a small quantity of matured
compost after each harvesting.
A beginner can practise this scientific method on soil or a roof garden.
COMPOST MAKING
Compost preparation is an art. It takes time to master it. Practice till you attain
perfection.
MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR COMPOST PREPARATION
1. Wet - Proteinaceous. Vegetable waste, Green leaves and cow dung (75 - 85 %).
2. Dry - Carbonaceous. Saw dust 15 % or Coconut pith 25 %.
3. Minerals - Rock dust, Wood ash and Egg shell powder 100 gms each.
Step 1 : Place first layer of 6 " height Saw Dust/Coconut Pith.
Step 2 : Spread a small quantity of Rock dust, Wood ash and Egg shell powder
Step 3 : Place a layer of 6" Vegetable waste, Green leaves and cow dung
Step 4 : Spread a small quantity of Rock dust, Wood ash and Egg shell
powder
Repeat Step 1-4 until the heap is of 4' height
Sixty per cent moisture has to be maintained in the compost heap.
Turn the heap as often as possible for better aeration and faster decomposition.
Remember the famous Japanese proverb “Do not invite a friend and
serve him fish for dinner. Instead teach him how to fish”
Please go through the above and see the photo below .In case of any doubts
please call me. I also request you to forward this mail to your friends, so that it
becomes popular.
kindly acknowledge receipt, so that I am sure that I sent the mail to the correct id.
With best wishes and kind regards,
Krishna Rao
Wing Commander Y V Krishna Rao (Retd)
Managing Trustee, S I M P L E,
(Society for IMprovement of Public Life and Environment)
NIMMAKURU, Krishna District, A P, INDIA, Pin : 521 158
http://www.hindu.com/2005/10/05/stories/2005100503150200.htm
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SQUARE FOOT GARDENING

  • 1. Dear friends! FOOD SECURITY THROUGH SQUARE FOOT GARDENING (SFG) Nutrient-rich and pesticide-free vegetables are not available for common people all over the world. To solve this problem, Mel Bartholomew of the US introduced square-foot gardening. Only 20 per cent of the area is enough to produce vegetables. Throughout the world, 75 million people are implementing this method. Manuring, watering and labour are reduced by nearly 80 per cent. Two million people living in Cuba’s capital, Havana are producing organic nutritious vegetables for all. Fr. Abraham introduced square-foot gardening in Darjeeling area, providing food security and eradicating malnutrition among tribals in that area. He also set up an institute to impart training in square-foot gardening. My friend Ch Dutt is introducing SFG in Vijayawada. ADVANTAGES OF SQUARE FOOT GARDENING (SFG) 1. Saving of Space, Manure, Labour, and Water. 2. Elimination of in-organic fertilizers/pesticides/ herbicides 3. Healthy, tasty, nutrient-rich vegetables with longer shelf life are produced.
  • 2. 4. Elimination of Soil testing/turning/digging, weeding, fertilizer application, and use of fork/shovel/spade. MATERIAL REQUIRED FOR SQUARE-FOOT GARDENING 1. Standard clay bricks : 48 nos. 2. Polythene sheet : 16 square feet. 3. Matured compost : 8 cubic feet. 4. Coir pith : small quantity 5. Plastic pipe 1/2" dia : 80 feet or any material to create ridges for 16 blocks. PREPARATION OF BED FOR SQUARE FOOT GARDENING 1, Place the 4' x 4' (16 sft) Polythene sheet on the roof/in the garden. 2. Place the bricks on the Polythene sheet in two layers to attain 6" height. 3. Fill the square within the bricks with fully matured compost up to 6" height. 4. Sprinkle 10 Ltrs. of water on the compost bed. Hurray, UR SFG is ready to sow 16 varieties of vegetable seeds. DAILY CARE/MAINTENANCE OF SFG WATERING : Sprinkle 10 litre of water to create moisture on the 16 SFT compost bed every day morning. Sixteen varieties of vegetables can be harvested in 6-8 weeks. No maintenance other than watering is required. Add a small quantity of matured compost after each harvesting. A beginner can practise this scientific method on soil or a roof garden. COMPOST MAKING Compost preparation is an art. It takes time to master it. Practice till you attain perfection.
  • 3. MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR COMPOST PREPARATION 1. Wet - Proteinaceous. Vegetable waste, Green leaves and cow dung (75 - 85 %). 2. Dry - Carbonaceous. Saw dust 15 % or Coconut pith 25 %. 3. Minerals - Rock dust, Wood ash and Egg shell powder 100 gms each. Step 1 : Place first layer of 6 " height Saw Dust/Coconut Pith. Step 2 : Spread a small quantity of Rock dust, Wood ash and Egg shell powder Step 3 : Place a layer of 6" Vegetable waste, Green leaves and cow dung Step 4 : Spread a small quantity of Rock dust, Wood ash and Egg shell powder Repeat Step 1-4 until the heap is of 4' height Sixty per cent moisture has to be maintained in the compost heap. Turn the heap as often as possible for better aeration and faster decomposition. Remember the famous Japanese proverb “Do not invite a friend and serve him fish for dinner. Instead teach him how to fish” Please go through the above and see the photo below .In case of any doubts please call me. I also request you to forward this mail to your friends, so that it becomes popular. kindly acknowledge receipt, so that I am sure that I sent the mail to the correct id. With best wishes and kind regards, Krishna Rao Wing Commander Y V Krishna Rao (Retd) Managing Trustee, S I M P L E, (Society for IMprovement of Public Life and Environment) NIMMAKURU, Krishna District, A P, INDIA, Pin : 521 158 http://www.hindu.com/2005/10/05/stories/2005100503150200.htm Cells : + 91 98480 44111, + 91 93910 31031, +91 94903 33422 Phones : +91 8674 237 268, +91 8674 237 222 Telefax : +91 8674 237 222 Phones : +91 40 2779 1183, +91 40 2779 1185, + 1 505-715-6746 E mail: leokrish@aol.com, leokrish@yahoo.com, leokrish@rediff.com
  • 4. http://biotechseed.com/organicfarmingsimple.html http://www.hotfrog.in/Companies/Society-For-Improvement-Of-Life-And-Envoirnment_660611 Unless India stands upto the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength." Dr APJ Abdul Kalamn http://www.abdulkalam.com/less India stands upto the world, no