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mani nair

Jun 5, 2011, 9:11:37 AM6/5/11
Dear friends,

Sending photos of musk melon growing in our balcony garden. 



Ushadi micromini

Jun 5, 2011, 9:25:05 AM6/5/11
to mani nair, efloraofindia
Wow, Mani ji, congratulations, how did you do it?
how big a pot did you have to plant the seed, how many seeds did you
have to start, and support, feeding etc...
well done...
Usha di

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Balkar Arya

Jun 5, 2011, 9:57:20 AM6/5/11
to Ushadi micromini, mani nair, efloraofindia
Great Mani ji
Balcony me Kharbooja!!!

Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat

tanay bose

Jun 5, 2011, 10:13:50 AM6/5/11
to Balkar Arya, Ushadi micromini, mani nair, efloraofindia
Congrats Mani Ji
Tanay Bose
Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant.
Department of Botany.
University of British Columbia .
3529-6270 University Blvd.
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4 (Canada)
Phone: 778-323-4036 (Mobile)
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Na Bha

Jun 5, 2011, 10:42:00 AM6/5/11
to mani nair,
Great, astonishing, Mani ji.

If I remember what all I have seen "from your balcony", I feel your
balcony must be 10 times bigger than my garden. How do you do it? Just
tell me the secret. Send us please a foto of your green fingers too!


Gurcharan Singh

Jun 5, 2011, 11:04:43 AM6/5/11
to Na Bha, mani nair,
Not necessarily Nabha ji
We have a balcony just 6' x 6' and my mother who was very fond of vegetables would grow cucumber in one pot and melon in another, and soon the whole balcony would be full of these two climbers, and we would have good number of fruits to eat. The plants need your love and care to grow. She was so well versed with vegetables that she could tell different types of Brassica just when plant had only one or two small leaves or even just from cotyledonary leaves. We have tried several times after her but never got that success with production of fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089 

ajinkya gadave

Jun 5, 2011, 11:09:14 AM6/5/11
to Gurcharan Singh, Na Bha, mani nair,
Congrats Mani sir

Na Bha

Jun 5, 2011, 11:34:09 AM6/5/11
to Gurcharan Singh, mani nair,
I agree with you, Prof. Singh ji.
Indeed, the plants need your love and care to grow. But as you say, you havn't that much success, after your mother. And I am sure, you care for the plants with equal love.
I am trying to grow pumpkin and carrots and Mangold (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris var. vulgaris). This year is exceptionally dry and so we have lots and lots of ants taking care of aphids. I am fighting against them, but I don't want to use poison so it is difficult. Aphids I have seen this year for the first time even on digitalis purpurea and poppies. The second enemy is snails. Because this year is dry I give water to the plants, and I feel the snails smell somehow, which plants I just watered. A few hours later I see snails enjoying the meals.
My mother used to say, let everyone have their share.
I shall send fotos of pumpkin and carrots in the next days. Pumpkin has the first flower, I saw it today.

mani nair

Jun 7, 2011, 3:46:56 AM6/7/11
to Na Bha, Gurcharan Singh,
Thanks Nalini ji, Gurcharan ji, Tanay ji, Ajinkya ji and Usha ji for the appreciation.
Usha ji, I just threw the seeds after eating the musk melon.  around 20 seeds. All germinated.  After ten 15 days I selected 4 seedlings rest all I removed and composted.
The pot is only 12".  I do not care much regarding fertilizer.  Just put water in the morning and put some Cow dung around the plants every three four months.   Nalini ji, my balcony is not very big.  I have two balconies  15'  long. I grew all the plants in small pots especially plastic one as they are light weight and require less water.   I also talk to my plants in the morning especially to those which are not flowering/fruiting.  My Aerides orchids was not flowering.  One morning I just asked it why you are not flowering, do you want to go back to the forest back?   Then within two weeks I found the flowering buds.  I think they pick our thoughts.



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