Wednesday, 23 October 2013

My Green House

You all know that Chennai's climate is too harsh to grow cool climate plants like carrot, cabbage, cauliflower etc.  Therefore, I made green shade at my terrace to try out cool climate plants.

I covered 850 sq.ft. of my terrace space with green shade net.  To cover all the sides, I needed 1400 sq.ft. of net (appx. 75% sunlight reduction net.  There were 50% & 90% shade nets also available).  One bundle of standard size (3 mt. X 50 mt.) net costed me Rs.2.16 per sq.ft.

To support the shade net, I erected bamboo structure first.  The cost of one medium size bamboo pole(around 16 feet long) was Rs.65. There were various sizes bamboo poles available ranging Rs.65-130.

It costed me around Rs.8000/- for covering 850 sq.ft. terrace space. The requried material were bamboo poles, shade net, ropes, stay wire, clamps, nails etc. Since I did the labour work myself, there was no labour cost added.

Hope I can now able to grow my dream vegetables.  Wait and see for my next update. Bye.

27 comments:

  1. Dear Sir,

    May i know the shop contact details where you got the shade net. What is the price?

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  2. I have forgotten the shop name, but it opp. to Kandaswamy Koil lane, Geroge Town, Chennai. You will find many vendors there.

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  3. I am also trying to cover the terrace, but am confused about what shade net to use 50% or 75%, your advise would be appreciated, BTW im also from Madras

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    1. I used 75% shade net for 85% of my terrace. After 6 months of my TG experience, I felt, to grow most of vegetables being used in South India we need sufficient sun light especially for all gourds, brinjal, tomato, lady's finger etc. Using 75% shade net resulted the plants are affected by pests and powdery mildew decease frequently & fast due to lack of sun light, that's too during Sep-Mar. Therefore I suggest you to go for 50% shade net and put it only for small area where you can shift plants during peak April to June summer period only. Rest of the months keep it outside shade area and all plants like it very much.

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  4. my house (3rd floor) very hot during this May'14 - i trying to cover terrous 95% only for sunlight prevention - is it good
    can i know life span for this shade net
    if guide me based on ur experience

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    1. Though this reply is late but will benefit for others. last for three years. I feel not to go for 95% shade. Take green house experts' advise before purchase.

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    1. Pl see photos of vegetables I have grown in my garden. The same are available in this blog itself.

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  6. You are a great inspiration to beginners like me to terrace gardening!
    Keep up your good work!

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  7. where do get shade net in chennai?

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  12. How the bamboos supported? Is it through sack of sand or sack of cement or any other means? Please explain

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  15. Also let me know how the bamboos are supported against the wall? Is it through the clamps?

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  16. Also let me know how the bamboos are supported against the wall? Is it through the clamps?

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  17. Dear Murali Sir, Thanks for sharing your experience. Would you please let me know how the bamboo sticks are supported?. i cannot fix them permanently on my rooftop as i am on a rental house. but i need to bring down the heat and 50% shade is enough for me. i also plan to use do vegetation as today most of my plants are in direct sun.
    request your help regarding the below
    1. where did you get bamboo sticks
    2. how were you able to make bamboo sticks stand strong and not fall during strong winds
    3. how long did it take for you install them. i am also looking for some 850 sq ft of 50% share

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  18. Horticultural netting markers for HORTOMALLAS vegetables should rancher as it decreases the transmission of infection and lengthen Los facility.

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  19. Shade Nets can also be of great help to protect crops and plants from harsh climate.

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  20. Hi,

    Please let me know from where can I buy that green curtain for balcony garden. And approximate cost for that curtain. My balcony is of dimension 10 foot in width.

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  23. I would like to have a 200 sq.ft covered area for growing some vegetables. Can anyone take this offer of setting a vegetable garden?

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