Organic Kitchen Gardening and my personal musings

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Kitchen Gardening – Training from Dept of Horticulture March 20, 2010


Today morning I made a visit to DoH (Department of Horticulture, Hulimavu) for buying some compost for my kitchen garden. What caught my attention was a group of people gathered near one of the shade houses, it was obvious they were listening keenly to someone. I went near them and stood behind the crowd, one person was was describing the finer points of vegetative propagation like grafting etc… I said, Wow!! that’s exactly what i was looking for. But unfortunately the talk was already coming to an end and the crowd was moving into the office of DoH.

I found out that DoH conducts such classes on a regular basis, but alas! so many of us wanting to learn more about gardening don’t even know about it. So, typical of govt organizations ways of advertising things. Anyways lets keep the cribbing part for some other time.

I requested the course instructor to allow me to join them from then on and he readily agreed to my request.

It was a 2 day course from 19th-20th March and the topic was kitchen gardening ( I attended the 2nd half day 2) but apparently they were conducting a very in-depth course giving plenty of useful details. Take a look at the course agenda:

Day – 1
10:30 to 2:00 – Establishment of Kitchen & Ornamental gardening – an overview.
2:3- to 5:00 – Seed saving, potting, re-potting of kitchen & ornamental plants and practicals

Day – 2
10:30 to 2:00 – Propagation of plants
2:30 to 3:30 – Synchronization of medicinal plants in kitchen gardening.
3:30 to 4:00 – Organic input production – Biofertilizer, vermi compost, bio digester etc..
4:00 to 4:30 – Kitchen garden and organic farming
4:30 to 5:00 – Interaction and valedictory (yes, you got it right, they were giving certificates too !!)

And guess what, all this was for a course fee of just Rs. 100/- and they were treating their guests (students) royally with a very nice vegetarian lunch and 2 teas in between sessions. Full ‘Paisa Vasool’ !!

The sessions I attended were very well organized and made lot of sense. I can say this is the first training in Bangalore that I found worth of the money and time. Apparently there were 32 people attending the sessions and every one seemed happy about the course content and the way it was organized.

Now the crib part. Surely the organizer are not able to do the kind of job they would like to do about advertising this course. In fact a gentleman among the course participants raised this very question. Trying to get this kind of thing advertised in a daily newspaper from a govt org. takes lot of effort as it costs money which is paid by another dept..so on and so forth… the story goes on. So, yours truly is trying to do his bit about spreading the word about such things.

DoH conducts lot of such courses and apparently spends money from it’s own budget in conducting them. BUT they only contact the past participants for spreading out such info. Pity, absolute pity!!

So, i’ll try to do my bit in spreading a word about such courses in future. I hope more people can attend such kind of workshops and get into organic kitchen gardening.

And lastly, I got my certificate too 🙂 One, after a long time…

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34 Responses to “Kitchen Gardening – Training from Dept of Horticulture”

  1. indrani Says:

    Hello,

    Congratulation on getting your certificate. Hope u learnt something useful in those few hours.

    Regards,
    Indrani

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Indrani,

      Thanks!!

      The talks were nice and there was lot to learn specially for new kitchen gardeners like me.

      I enjoyed the certificate too, although it’s li’l fake from my context as it says I attended a full 2 day course 😉

      Regards
      Raj

  2. Binita Says:

    Hi Raja,

    Need help. My rose plants are infected with very tiny light green color insects (on the back side of the leaves). and I see tiny white color spots on front leaves also.. Please suggest me some remedy …

    also, am looking for panchgavya. can you please share details for that..

    Regards,
    Binita

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Binita,

      Honestly i have never grown roses myself. Maybe it’s time i get started on that, but i don’t like the small sized ones which we get in lalbagh.

      Anyways coming to your question, from the description it seems like they are aphids but am not very sure. Can you send me a pic to my mail.

      May be Chandramuli can help here.

      Regards
      Raj

    • Asha Says:

      I usually see these insects around the tender leaves or buds. It helps to simply keep cleaning the leaves by spraying water on it and wiping out the insects on a regular basis. You could also try tobacco leaves concoction to spray.

  3. First of all, congratulations on the certificate, Raja! It’s a good thing you’re doing. Wish they do programs in Chennai too. Or may be I’ll try to make it up there once. As I’ve always wanted to buy some seeds from there.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Chandramouli,

      Unfortunately they are not selling much seeds these days. Like yesterday they didn’t have even a single variety of seed available with them.
      Also may be you should find out more about such courses from DoH Chennai too. I feel these organizations have the mandate to conduct such courses and who knows even in chennai they might be conducting them.

      Regards
      Raj

  4. Revathi Says:

    Hi Raj

    This training programme is a good find for you and all gardeners in Bangalore. Congratulations to you!!!

    I have always felt jealous of Bangaloreans for many reasons
    1. the perfect weather you have which makes it possible to grow anything anytime of the year.
    2. Access to DOH Hulimavu for the wonderful varieties of seeds you get at a very reasonable cost and now ofcourse
    3 for the excellent training programme at DOH.

    Enjoy all the benefits – but don’t forget to show us your results 🙂

    Revathi

    • rajapanda Says:

      Sure Revathi,

      I completely agree with you about the point 1 & 3.
      point 2 is little debatable though 🙂 ,they have almost stopped selling seeds these days…

      Hopefully will continue to share my experiences over the coming years.

      Regards
      Raj

  5. Asha Says:

    Its great that you could attend the course. I too really wish there was a way we could know of these programs in advance. Now I’m hoping that you are a ‘contact’ that they will pass on info to – and in turn we get to know 🙂 Do share what you learnt too.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Asha,

      Would love to share my learnings over a period of time as I get the oppurtunity to try and interalize them. Of course am also looking forward to attend the full 2 day course next time.

      One of the key moment for me was:
      A demo – Just putting half a pinch of salt on an earthworm and seeing it lose all it’s body water and die in few seconds. The point, they were trying to drive home was all the chemical fertilizer which people are using are a kind of salt and they are resulting in death of really benificial organisms from our soil. Loss of soil feritlity over a period of time is inevitable in such scenario.

      Also I got a few freebies like, a handful earthworms (I have put them in the compost bin) and few azolla plants which are excellent bio-fertilizers. Hope to multiply them soon.

      Also got an oppotunity to buy few kgs of sapota/chiku just harvested from tress and not ripened using chemicals. All in all it was a fantastic day for me 🙂

      Regards
      Raj

      • Asha Says:

        Thanks for sharing those points Raj! Interesting thing about earthworms and the salt pinch. I will look out for the azolla plants when I go there next time. Doh is really a place with so much potential!

  6. saikiran Says:

    Great!!!
    I am sure you would have enjoyed every bit of the lec-dem.
    Keep us posted on the next training session. Count me also in the day you plan to attend.
    Ta
    Saikiran

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  8. Thanks Raj for posting this – let me see if I can make it.

  9. Aruna Says:

    Hi Raj,

    I happened to see your blog. It is very interesting.

    I am interested in contacting the DoH to know about future workshops that they may conduct. At this point of time I am very keen on workshop about medicinal plants. If you can give in the contact details along with the address of the DoH where it is conducted it will be of great help. I can personally visit the place and find out the rest of the details if they are not available over the phone.

    I was also interested in the workshop conducted as part of Nammura sante. I heard it has been discontinued.

    Thanks in advance,

    Aruna

    • Anitha Mohan Says:

      Hey,
      Googled & got the land line number. On enquiry they said, they are awaiting people to call up & register to start the batch in Jan ’17 tentatively.
      Please call on the below no. & leave your name & contact no. to be called for the course.
      DoH (Department of Horticulture)
      080-26584904
      080-26582775
      080-26582784

  10. Naidu DDJ Says:

    when is the next training batch?

  11. Milind Says:

    Hi Raj,

    Can you inform me about the next training about Kitchen gardening, balcony gardening also give me the detail address of the DOH.

    Milind

  12. Ramakrishna Says:

    Are these certificate courses still continuing? Could you please provide me the address of the Department of Horticulture, Hulimavu. Thanks in Advance

  13. Padma Says:

    Even I would like to know whether these classes being conducted even now. I am very much interested pls respond

    • Anitha Mohan Says:

      Hey,
      Googled & got the land line number. On enquiry they said, they are awaiting people to call up & register to start the batch in Jan ’17 tentatively.
      Please call on the below no. & leave your name & contact no. to be called for the course.
      DoH (Department of Horticulture)
      080-26584904
      080-26582775
      080-26582784

  14. Rupali Says:

    Hi, I am very interested in this course. Please let me know when these classes are conducted.

    • Anitha Mohan Says:

      Hey,
      Googled & got the land line number. On enquiry they said, they are awaiting people to call up & register to start the batch in Jan ’17 tentatively.
      Please call on the below no. & leave your name & contact no. to be called for the course.
      DoH (Department of Horticulture)
      080-26584904
      080-26582775
      080-26582784

  15. Vinod Says:

    Hello Raja
    Thanks for such a wonderful blog. would be very thank full if you can share the next Training from Dept of Horticulture – Hulimavu
    Or any contact details to know if they are conducting such elaborate 2 days training.

    • Anitha Mohan Says:

      Hey,
      Googled & got the land line number. On enquiry they said, they are awaiting people to call up & register to start the batch in Jan ’17 tentatively.
      Please call on the below no. & leave your name & contact no. to be called for the course.
      DoH (Department of Horticulture)
      080-26584904
      080-26582775
      080-26582784

  16. Subhransu Prusty Says:

    Hey.. i like to attend such training.. can u plz send me the address and how do i get more details on when the courses are offerred. Plz reply. Thanks for the info.. Subhransu

    • Anitha Mohan Says:

      Hey,
      Googled & got the land line number. On enquiry they said, they are awaiting people to call up & register to start the batch in Jan ’17 tentatively.
      Please call on the below no. & leave your name & contact no. to be called for the course.
      DoH (Department of Horticulture)
      080-26584904
      080-26582775
      080-26582784

  17. Anitha Mohan Says:

    Hey Indrani, thanks for the above info! Though this was posted in 2010, came across yesterday. Googled & got the land line number. On enquiry they said, they are awaiting people to call up & register to start the batch in Jan ’17 tentatively.

    For those who are interested, please call on the below no. & leave your name & contact no. to be contacted for the course.
    DoH (Department of Horticulture)
    080-26584904
    080-26582775
    080-26582784


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