Saturday, 1 February 2020

Experience on supplying farm grown vegetables to local farmer market.

From the past 1 month, we have been supplying Bottle gourd. Don't know where to start from...! Would like to share our experience in supplying vegetables to local farmer market.

We planted bottle gourd seeds on the end of October 2019. It started yeilding from January 2020. Here, we used organic (poultry manure) as well as chemical fertilizers (N:P:K). Thus, it is semi organic.

The bottle gourd is harvested for every two days once. That is only one day intervel between the harvests. The price of bottle gourd were down. The farm gate price of 20 to 24 bottle gourd in a bag was RS. 100 to RS. 130.

If we sell directly in the Local vegetable markets, we have a choice to atleast raise the price to 150 to 170 RS per bag(depends on the quality of the bottle gourd). But here too, there are few vendors who asks for negotiation.

This are the beginning days, we supply in low quantity from 2 bags to 4 bags on each harvest. Day by day, the vendor contacts are increasing.

Presently, we are supplying to Bagalur Retail vegetable market on (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday). We will be near Bagalur Govt. Hospital (place where buyers and sellers meet)  @5:30 am with vegetable bags to sell.

On Saturday,  chikka Thirupathi @5:30 am- on every Saturday "santhe" takes place. popular known place to  buy/sell chickens, sheep, goat, etc.. and also vegetables. We were here on only one day. Saw many Livestock varieties.

On Sunday, K N Doddy @5:30 am - on every Sunday "santhe" takes place. Didn't went to this santhe. But trying to visit... :)

Do's when selling:

• Be polite
• Good Packing of the vegetable
• Quality and Quantity of vegetables should be good.

Don't when selling

• Say the exact price, don't ask for high price.
• Don't speak too much regarding the price.
• don't pack vegetables which are rotten.

If any suggestions or would like to ask anything message us through Facebook window which you will find on the right top of the window.

#abcdfarming #localvegetablemarket #bottlegourd #supplyingvegetables

Monday, 27 January 2020

Must know Airlayering, a way for Afforestation

Airlayering is a procedure to grow the roots on a stem or branch of a particular plant or tree.

Tried Airlayering on henna plant.
The pictures are listed below.

•  Firstly, removed the outer bark of the henna plant using knife.
•  Before removing, make sure the knife is clean.
•  After that scratch untill you find the dark and centre of the branch.
•  Then clean it with water.
•  Make a dough ball, using cowdung and topsoil.
•  stick the dough ball to the branch.
•  And cover the dough with the plastic cover.
•  Make sure to tightly tie the plastic cover to avoid inlet of insects.
•  wait for 30 days to 45 days. until you see roots growing in it.
•  Here in henna plant, I watched roots growing on 26th day. However I separated the branch on 30th day.
•  on evening I separated it. Kept the branch in water.
•  The next day morning I planted it in the soil. But it has dried.
•  Asked suggestions with other Airlayering experts. They advised to not wait for planting after separating the #airlayered branch from plant.

Failed in first attempt.

On December 31st airlayered gauva tree branch.

On January 1st airlayered Neem tree Branch.

Still not able to see roots on both the tree branches. Will wait and update to you soon.

#airlayering #abcdfarming

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Sweet potato grown from root slices

Finally succeeded in growing sprouts from the sweet potato cuttings.
Failed in few attempts.

Method we followed to grow sweet potato sprouts:

* Purchased sweet potato from the local farmer market nearby.
* Made sweet potato into few pieces with nodes using knife.
* Folded the sweet potato peices with wet gunny bag.
* Left it until we saw little green sprout on the nodes.
* After that planted in the soil. (Loosen the soil before planting)
* The below image showing 20 days sprout after transplanting.
* This was the big peice of sweet potato, thus many nodes with sprouts.

Methods which have failed

* Purchased sweet potato in market and made into peices by hand. After that
directly covered root with top soil. watered the roots. But didnt grown. They
have wilted and decomposed. Dont know might be due to rain or tight soil or due
to slugs.

Solutions for slugs to avoid consuming sprouts

Solution for slugs

Sown different types of native variety seeds in a single row. Sprouted well. But the slugs consumed the sprouts. 

Searched solutions to eliminate the slugs from farm.  Tried sprinkling salt around the plants but in vain. Nearby neighbour was using snail kill, a chemical product to get rid of slugs. 

Using a chemical product was not my aim. I tried every possible organic solution to get rid of slugs but in vain. I purchased the product and crushed them into small pieces. Sprinkled them and the next day the slugs were dead. 

There were more than hundred slugs dead. 

Note: If anyone would like to contribute an organic solution to get rid of these slugs. You are welcome...!

Like previous year, this time planting sown pumpkin 
and bottle gourd in the same row. This time too no till
farm. just cleared the weeds. when clearing the weeds and dried pumpkin shoots and bottle gourds, saw the weeds were decomposed without receiveing the sunlight as pumpkin and  bottle gourd took over them. Pumpkin seems to be one

the crop in suppressing the weeds. 

Previos year i would not able to post all the details from
sowing, manuring, pests, pruning, marketing from 25 bottle
gourd and 15 pumpkin plants. But, this time would like to
share each and every thing from sowing to harvest.