In my earlier post on 21st Dec i had written about the bottle gourd plant that’s growing in my kitchen garden. I had also written about how these kind of creepers just take off and grow very rapidly after a certain stage.
As if to justify what i have already bloged, my bottle gourd has obliged me with it’s first harvest in record time.Here are few pics sequenced by date.
I have been applying panchagavya almost regularly on this plant (once in a week that is). I wonder if it’s mainly because of this.
It weighed little over 0.5 kg and along with few bitter gourd was close to make my family of 2 self sustainable in veggies for a day 🙂
At the moment for every bottle gourd that is growing healthy there are at least 5 or probably 10 which are getting eaten up by the dreaded green caterpillar. The green caterpillar eats up foliage as well as the fruit mostly when it’s tender. Once the fruit crosses a critical growth stage then it’s less prone to attack.
One of the key aspects of organic Gardening is to not fight the pests with chemicals. It’s always advisable to try and pick the pests and dispose them before trying other methods of home made organic solutions (like the garlic paste solution etc…). I am trying my best to live by it. Here is the link to a video i have taken while dealing with one of the caterpillar who annoyed me no end. Enjoy!
But it’s always hard to manage pests like these, even in a kitchen garden and it’s definitely not scalable. Hope to do more search and reading on how to deal with these little fellows by home made organic solution in future. For the time being am just looking forward to more harvest of bottle gourd. Happy Gardening!!