Effort to encourage public to set up kitchen gardens at home
In an effort to encourage the public to set up rooftop kitchen gardens at home, the Department of Horticulture has established a vegetable garden on the terrace of District Central Library near St.Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai.
The vegetable garden has a range of greens and vegetables, including beans, tomato, green chilly, brinjal, and ridge gourd, and a few flower varieties. The plants are watered by drip irrigation.
Open to public
The public can visit this terrace garden and get suggestions from officials on establishing similar ones at their houses.
Inaugurating the demo vegetable garden on Monday evening, District Collector C.Samayamoorthy said by adopting this model the people could get fresh vegetables from their own gardens every day when vegetable prices were soaring.
As the farmers used chemical fertilizers and pesticides to increase the production, it could adversely impact the health of the consumers, he also noted.
One time investment
The roof gardens that required an one-time investment of Rs.2,000 to Rs.4,000 could provide nutritious and fresh vegetables for long.
“Above all, the pleasure you draw from maintaining a garden and harvesting the vegetables from it would be just immeasurable,” said Mr.Samayamoorthy.
Mayor Vijila Sathyananth and officials from the Department of Horticulture participated.