Vegetable Gardening for Indian Conditions
Indian climate is quite unique in many ways. As such, the vegetable gardening patterns in India are also different from many parts of the world. In this article we will point out a few things that need to be considered for growing vegetables in your garden, which can be very fruitful.
- Space constraints: There is not much gardening space available in most of the urban areas of India. One of the things that can be done to beat the space constraint is growing vegetables in containers instead of ground. There are a lot of vegetables like tomatoes, peas, cauliflower, cabbage and cucumber that can be grown in containers. The soil in the containers can be enriched by manure and fertilizers just like on ground, although in much lesser quantities.
- Lighting: Whatever the garden size, it should get proper sunlight. Most types of vegetables should get at least six hours of sunlight per day. Huge building or other constructions obstruct sunlight. Avoid having a garden in such areas.
- Soil Drainage: You should know what kind to soil is good for the type of vegetables you are growing. Different soils have different capacity to absorb water. Sandy soils allow water to drain away quickly, whereas clay soils hold water too much. In such circumstances, ensuring that the soil drainage is moderated using organic compost, is of utmost importance for vegetable gardening.
- Slope: Even the slope of the garden needs to be adjusted to the climatic conditions. A slight slope to north for Indian summer conditions, while a south slope is ideal for cooler seasons.
- Vegetable Variety: Planting a variety of vegetables, suitable to the changing climatic conditions will ensure that there is a regular supply of vegetables throughout the year.
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