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22 May 2019, Edition - 1408, Wednesday

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Coimbatore

Propagator of terrace gardens has 400 followers

R.Vaishali

The atmosphere is choked with indiscriminate felling of trees. The Government has come forward with several Green India programmes to support planting of trees and making the country greener.

Sundar, a resident from Thudiyalur, has come up with an idea of planting vegetables on his terrace. He has been providing ideas for people which has now caught up with nearly 400 people over two years. Besides giving them the idea of what saplings and seeds to get and from where, he also advises them on the fertilisers to be used.

On his terrace are carrots, radish, snake gourd, chilies, onion, potatoes and tomatoes. “I use only organic fertilisers for the plants which also help them withstand pest attacks,” he told The Covai Post. It is basically vermicompost and vegetable waste.

He has undertaken this mission on his own and with no financial support though the government has been backing this initiative.

Keep the terrace open and grow tall plants, he says. The owner should create raised beds to plant the seeds and saplings. They should use all the vertical steps.

Terrace gardening is not just for vegetables and fruits. It is also a stress-relieving exercise he says, especially for retired persons and women at home, he adds.

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