The terrace vegetable nutrition garden model developed by experts from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will make it easier for flat-owners to get garden-fresh vegetables. The model uses soilless media (cocopeat) for cultivation of vegetables and herbs. It is particularly suitable for urban areas where space is a constraint.
According to Dr. KG Singh and Dr. Angrej Singh from the Department of Soil and Water Engineering, PAU, a rooftop vegetable garden ensures a regular and handy supply of fresh vegetables and even herbs which are basic to nutrition.
Explaining the advantages, Dr. KG Singh says, “This technology produces more crop yield in much lesser space as compared to conventional soil-based cultivation. It saves water. Instead of plain irrigation, a nutrient solution is used. Even if you are not at home for a week, the nutrient solution, set on a timer, can take care of the plant nutrition. Also, there is very low possibility of insect/pest infestation.”
Source: The Tribune (Minna Zutshi)