Rooftop gardening does come in with an array of noble ideas. It started off as an incubator entrepreneurial activity handled by an enterprising group from a to z. Once they have gone through the whole cycle, they should be able to duplicate it somewhere else with confidence. It fits the concept of dare to dream. Then comes the environmental, economical and social issues they will probe further.; about saving energy with temperature drop in buildings, about improving air quality with more green lungs in cities, about idle rooftop generating decent income, about rooftop turning into a field for social/recreational outlet.
It comes a long way to at last see seedlings growing in white polybags. The idea of rooftop gardening came out early in the year, followed by training and courses on techniques of modern gardening / farming. Then the whole rooftop gardening concept was drafted during the first week of April 2011. By 19th of April, 1000 chili centil seeds were germinated, a definite landmark on the commitment to see the whole project through. Then components of irrigation system, polybags and growing media were purchased and assembled by the group. By the 18th of May 780 seedlings were transplanted and another 20 the next day. The whole program was officially launched by Datuk M on the 19th of May 2011.
Phase 1: Working on the irrigation system and growing media in bags
|pic 1: crane used to take everything up.|
|pic 2: Bags of growing media being unloaded at rooftop.|
|pic 3: Irrigation system being assembled.|
|pic 4: Irrigation system being assembled, one in one out!|
|pic 5: Cocopeat and burnt paddy husk as growing media, mixed.|
|pic 6: mixing of growing media|
pic: at the back of their Tshirts "rooftop gardening"
|pic 9: prayer - everything would be alright hopefully|
Phase 2: Transplanting of 800 chili centil
|pic 10: everybody get involved in transplanting.|
|pic 11: even the ladies joined in|
|pic 12: He fixed the drip system|
19th of May 2011, The launching of rooftop gardening ~ 800 chili centil
|pic12: The young entrepreneurs dressed up for the launching|
|pic13: Datuk M, firmed the growing media at the base.|
|pic14: another two dignitaries joining media blitz|
The first 10 days.The irrigation system is working well, pushing through the seedlings into healthy looking chili plants
|pic:15 Age of plant ~ 7 days|
|Pic16 : Age of plant ~ 10 days|
The age of plants is normally counted after the day of transplanting. Now they are 10 days old. The chili centil plants are getting stronger, stems progressively getting out of the green baby look, becoming slightly darker, and side shoots are appearing at lower nodes. They are going to keep the side shoots.., it seems that will add to the general stability of the plant against wind. A serious farmer had mentioned to them about keeping the side shoots which will later develop into side branches with the promise of bigger harvest. Farmers do have a lot of secrets under their sleeves and gardening hats.....
bangchik and kakdah, tanah merah
thanks Aziem for the photos.