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Engineering Prof Grows Veggies for his Kitchen in Recycled Fridges on Terrace


Neyveli-resident and engineering professor Thayumanavan Kunapalan’s Fb cowl picture is a portray of a farmer ploughing the land with two bullocks. His social media bio reads, “passionate city gardener”. And he’s rightly so.

Thayumanavan grew up in Karaikal, Pondicherry. His father Kunapalan maintained a ravishing backyard with flowering vegetation, greens and medicinal herbs. As a toddler, Thayumanavan assisted him in these actions and slowly developed an curiosity within the area.

He grew as much as turn into {an electrical} engineering professor presently educating on the College Faculty of Engineering, Panruti. Until 2015, he was not capable of pursue his ardour for gardening attributable to area constraints within the rented house. However after shifting to his personal home in Neyveli, Thayumanavan is rising every thing below the solar.

“I’ve a 1300 sq. toes terrace and 5.5 cents of land behind my home, each of that are fully utilised for farming. Nearly all greens besides onion and garlic are cultivated right here, organically,” says 39-year-old Thayumanavan.

terrace garden of Thayumanavan the urban farmer from Tamil Nadu
Thayumanavan’s terrace backyard.

With the assistance of his household, the city gardener grows brinjal, okra, tomatoes, chillies, cucumber, beetroot, radish, candy potato, drumstick, banana, and all kinds of creepers and gourds. All these are cultivated in 150-200 develop luggage and pots unfold over the terrace. He additionally collects previous fridges for small quantities from scrap sellers and grows crops inside them. “At current, there are 20-25 fridges upon my terrace crammed with soil and vegetation,” says the inventive farmer.

tomato brinjal and ash gourd from the terrace garden of Thayumanavan
Some objects from the wealthy terrace backyard.

In his early days of farming, Thayumanavan used to purchase vermicompost from the market to get good yields. Now, from soil mixes to pesticides, every thing is ready by him. “I used to spend some huge cash on fertilisers. As soon as YouTube grew to become common, I started following some city backyard specialists. The movies gave me the boldness to assemble do-it-yourself agricultural merchandise,” he says.

Farming concoctions like jeevamritha are made by himself to counterpoint the vegetation. Pure pesticides like neem oil and mirchi/ ginger-garlic paste are additionally ready. He provides, “I can accumulate round 20-25 develop luggage filled with cow dung from proper outdoors my home.”

the entrance of Thayumanavan's house filled with plants
All so inexperienced!

Thayumanavan named his farmland ‘Nilavanam’. “Nila is my daughter’s title and vanam means forest,” he says.

Distinctive soil combine

In contrast to in standard gardening, Thayumanavan doesn’t add cocopeat to his backyard soil combine. He collects sugarcane waste (bagasse) from native distributors that are processed as soon as once more in a shredding machine he owns. This compost is combined with soil and cow dung in equal proportion to which the seeds are sown, after 90 days.

Preparing unique soil mix using sugarcane bagasse and dry leaves
The preparation of soil combine.

“There isn’t any have to waste cash by buying coco peat, which isn’t a sustainable choice. Its impact doesn’t final lengthy not like my combine which can be utilized for as much as three years. Moreover, I’ve ready a kitchen waste compost which can be added sometimes to the soil combine,” explains the gardener.

Thayumanavan says that the soil combine ready this manner is much like forest soil, wealthy in natural matter. Using these concepts, he can develop a surplus of greens

He provides, “Initially the produce had been utilized by my four-member household alone. However now, I promote the surplus objects and make as much as Rs 2,000 per 30 days. Although my intention is to not earn cash however rising non-poisonous meals for extra folks. It’s not potential to offer the objects for everybody however I give seeds in addition to tricks to anybody ,” says the farmer.

He additionally provides you will need to recycle soil identical to different merchandise and utilizing sugarcane bagasse is one methodology of doing so. “If you’re utilizing a brand new soil combine for every sowing interval, then what’s the usage of natural farming?” he asks.

Thayumanavan is a part of a WhatsApp group of 250 members wherein he sells and buys natural produce in addition to seeds. 

“Malabar spinach, each crimson and inexperienced, is the star merchandise of my backyard and grows abundantly. Many individuals, particularly my colleagues, ask for radish too which is a reasonably uncommon merchandise available in the market,” he gushes.

He began poultry farming with hen and geese, as step one towards built-in farming and in addition plans to arrange a biogas plant quickly. His spouse and two daughters are in full help of all his farming endeavours. 

Thayumanavan with his daughter in the terrace of his house in Tamil Nadu
Thayumanavan together with his daughter within the terrace backyard.

“Subsequent time whenever you discover an excuse to get away from organising a small terrace backyard, do not forget that it prices your well being. In any case, my biggest motivation for all these actions is my household’s well being,” he says.

Edited by Yoshita Rao



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