This Man Grows 35 Organic Veggies by Kitchen & Other Waste on His Terrace; Know Method to Grow & Get Tips from This Number

Sandeep Chavan who claims of growing three vegetables in one square foot. Get tips and all the details about the concept of 3-tier or multi-layer farming.

This Man Grows 35 Organic Veggies by Kitchen & Other Waste on His Terrace; Know Method to Grow & Get Tips from This Number
Sandeep Chavan
This Man Grows 35 Organic Veggies by Kitchen & Other Waste on His Terrace; Know Method to Grow & Get Tips from This Number

We will tell you the success story of a former journalist in Nashik, Sandeep Chavan, who claims of growing three vegetables in one square foot. This article will provide you all the details about the concept of 3-tier or multi-layer farming. 

How to do multi-layer farming at home?

Sandeep Chavan explains the following simple steps:

  • You can take any plant pot and plant seeds of fruit vegetables such as tomatoes in the middle.

  • Now, on its left, sow seeds of any leafy vegetables, and on the right side, plant the seeds of any root veggies.
  • You must add organic fertilisers to keep away pests.
  • Use waste leaves and kitchen waste as soil to enhance its growth cycle.
  • You should water the pot twice in a day.

According to Sandeep, “Besides saving space in your balcony or terrace, this type of farming needs less water. It can save up to 60 per cent of water. In extreme heatwaves, the dry leaves which were used as mulch will prevent moisturisation.”

How to do multi-layer farming on terrace?

Sandeep on his 350 square foot terrace grows 35 varieties of organic veggies round the year. He uses wastewater and waste food from his kitchen. His rooftop has brinjals, papayas, tomatoes, chillies, turmeric, beans, spinach, bottle gourd, cabbage, and cauliflower etc. 

With this type of farming, Sandeep claims to have grown 50 kilos of turmeric in a 6×6 sq feet space last year. The harvest cycle is so much that on any given day, his garden will reap a minimum of four fresh vegetables.

He started farming in the early 2000s, as a hobby which later translated into a full-time practice. It was his son who finds a major difference between naturally grown produce and the ones infused with chemicals.

He recalled one incident, “On that particular day, I had harvested a few tomatoes and kept them in the kitchen. My wife purchased some tomatoes from her vendor on the same day. My son ate both of the types. Children’s taste buds are more sensitive than ours and he thought that the outside tomato was rotten. This incident inspired me to grow more veggies.”

The main problem he came across was the lack of space and time. But, that did not deter him from addressing his concerns about chemically-grown food.

What is the method to grow chemical-free veggies?

  • One must use alternatives such as a drum, a bucket, vegetable crates and mud pots. Rather than going for composting units present in the market.

  • Dry the wet waste in a container and then finely chop all the dried bits.

How to prepare fertilizer at home?

  1. You can easily prepare fertilizer at home by using jeevaamrut (a mixture of cow dung and cow urine). These properties quicken the process and increase bacterial activities.

  2. You can also go for a healthier option of fermenting wastewater from kitchen and adding it to the compost. It will be ready in around 30 days. This can be used to grow vegetables.One can also upcycle discarded items like shoes, purses, and plastic bottles and use them to grow plants, just as Sandeep did.

  3. One of his best ideas was reusing plastic milk pouches, “He took seven pouches and kept them on top of each other. The mountain was the height of a pen and he has grown spinach in it.”

Though, it sounds simple, success did not come to him in the first. It was only after months of experimentation that his garden started giving veggies regularly and in good proportions.

Some years ago, Sandeep increased his practice by starting 5-layer farming or growing five veggies together in minimal space. 

How to do 5-layer farming?

Follow these steps as suggested by Sandeep:

  • Prepare a four-foot bed to accumulate the five types of seeds.

  • Now, lay a plastic sheet on the ground
  • Put three bricks to cover it and add coconut coir
  • Add a layer of dry leaves and cover it further with compost or soil
  • Then, sow five kinds of seeds and your garden will give you a fresh harvest.
  • Sandeep now provides enthusiastic gardeners with gardening kits and consultancy to grow their own food. He finds that people are increasingly becoming environmentally sensitive.

Benefits of growing food with garbage:

  • It fulfills twin purposes- treating waste at source and growing natural and healthy food. 
  • Terrace farming increases biodiversity as it attracts birds. Urban areas in India are slowly catching up on the fad of ‘Grow Your Own Food’ which is the sign of a healthy environment,” said Sandeep.

He added, “What started as a hobby has now turned into a full-fledged servicing firm called ‘Gacchi-varchi baug’ which translates to ‘the terrace garden.”

So, if you are interested to grow your own rooftop veggies, then Get Set GO. Get expert advice from Sandeep on 98505 69644 or click on this link.