Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fertigation / Fertigasi; getting a feel.

To fertigate is to fertilise and irrigate at the same time, by adding fertilisers to the water supply. ( FERTilise + irrIGATE ~ a way to put some sense to the word). In commercial agriculture, fertigation is in wide use, and the concept began to spread to residential landscaping and hobby gardening in the early 2000s. 

The sight of plants house with clear plastic sheet at the top is becoming very common in Malaysia. Some cover acres, some are small, household version. We made a trip to  Anuar's MCG Fertigation Gelong Gajah, near Wakaf Bata, 5 minutes from home, to see and get the feel....

 rows of white poly bags filled with coco peat


his children and friends were helping to fill bags with coco peat

 a closer view



 they were taking a break, waiting for new supply of coco peat.

 they were busy again filling up bags with coco peat

   his youngest son, very absorbed with what he was doing. 
I think he was trying to open up the poly bag. 
We sometimes face the same problem 
with plastic bag at home.

We arrived around 10am. His children and friends were busy filling up bags with coco peat. He said, the kids enjoyed doing this over weekends. Then the day will end with a trip to Kota Bharu to eat and shop with their well earned extra pocket money. It is good to get children involved and build up their understanding and commitment on business their parents are involved. Then continuity will come in nicely as parents get older.

We talked about fertigation which has been his bread and butter over 5 years. The wife served tea and slices of rock melon. That was the crop they grew recently, just harvested.  Coco peat may last for a year, then it will be replaced with fresh material. Soil is the growing media traditionally, but with fertigation technique, they use coco peat. He used to get supply of coco peat from Sabak Bernam, now he gets it from Bachok. He took us around his place and showed us how the system works.

Kakdah and myself  had discussed weeks ago about having a similar plant house in a section of the garden enough to house 100 bags for a different gardening adventure. It is going to be fun and who knows, something else will develop later... Anuar paid us a visit in the evening. Within a week, we are going to have a new playing ground with vegetable gardening..... just wait.

Bangchik and Kakdah
meninjau sistem fertigasi di Gelong Gajah
Tanah Merah, Kelantan

16 comments:

  1. Fertigation sounds very interesting...I'll check into whether I can find the materials here in Florida. This would be something I could do on my patio!

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  2. I always learn so much from your postings. And I love this new word (new to me), fertigate! I am looking for an opportunity to use it in conversation. Your son is very handsome! P.

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  3. fertigation - makes sense! I love these photos and especially of the little one engrossed in opening those stubborn bags.

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  4. This is a new word for me too! Am learning quite a lot from reading blogs like yours...

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  5. Project besar Bangchik, can't wait to see how it goes:). Sabut kelapa ke yg tu?

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  6. Theanne.
    Fertigation uses drip system for water mixed with fertiliser. It needs a water tank, a pump, and pipe system connecting to each polybag or cantainer. We look for a system that suits the whole size.

    Pam's English Garden
    Fertigation is for commercial agriculture, controlled system, optimise space and so on. By the way, the boy is Anuar's son... the guy who runs the business. I was just a visitor then.

    Wendy
    Everybody will be engrossed with stubborn bag. It is fun to see the look of their eyes, and mouths while doing so....

    Lrong
    Fertigation is quite a phenomena in Malaysia ever since the government put heavy emphasis on agriculture. It is really a shift from traditional farming especially for vegetables and rock melons.

    Malay-Kadazan girl
    Kelihatan macam projek besar.... kita sama-sama tunggu. Yes, coco peat is sabut kelapa yang sudah dihancurkan.

    ~bangchik and kakdah
    Tanah Merah Kelantan.

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  7. Salam, kat mana nak cari kilang proses sabut kelapa(cocopeat) kat kelantan ni..Terima kasih

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