"Square Yard Gardening"

with Nalin K. Nirula


Square Yard Gardening



Here is a neat way to use your old plastic soda or mineral water bottles to make a handy watering can.

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At the time of booking your seat please give details of which module you want to join, and any extras such as containers, seeds etc. CPK Containers will take 2- 3 days to prepare after your confirmed order. Containers may be picked up at the Center.

Module 1

  • Lecture with video presentation followed by light refreshment.
  • You get the following:
  1. DIY Instructions and diagrams/ photos- including information on (a) Making a home compost pile from kitchen/garden waste. (b) How to make a simple watering can
  2. Free Bonus 1 - 1 Blue Porterweed 'Butterfly Bush' seedling plant (Verbena Azul) also known as Cayenne Snakeweed, (Stachytarpheta cayennensis). in 10 inch pot.
  3. Free Bonus 2 - 1 small container of mint seedlings. 
  4. Free Bonus 3 - 6 seeds of New Zealand Spinach 

Blue Tiger butterfly on Blue Porterweed - this butterfly magnet flourishes well in the New Delhi climate. After flowering season is over, cut back the bush to encourage fresh growth.

(Image courtesy Indian Foundation for Butterflies)

Module 2

  • Lecture with video presentation followed by light refreshment, and Complete Planting Kit (CPK) that can grow fresh vegetables for a family of three or four throughout the year.
  • You get the following:
  1. DIY Instructions and diagrams/ photos- including (a) Making a home compost pile from kitchen/garden waste. (b) How to make a simple watering can
  2. 6 sturdy light-weight plastic containers with polythene lining, layered with terracotta potshards, charcoal, sphagnum moss, fine farmland topsoil. (Total weight per container: about 28 kg.)
  3. 2 x Trellis systems for containers for supporting climbing vegetables
  4. 3 stakes for staking plants, 12 x 5 cm. long plastic-coated wire ties for stakes

AND---

  1. Free Bonus 1 - 1 'Butterfly Bush' seedling plant (Buddleia) in 10 inch pot.
  2. Free Bonus 2—1 gardening tool - special purpose-made khurpi
  3. Free Bonus 3—10 re-usable, imported UV resistant new PVC multicolored plant label stakes 
  4. Free Bonus 4—1 set of Summer Mix Seeds sufficient for each container

Go to Mel Bartholomew''s website (founder of the square foot gardening system - 1988) from Square Yard Gardening.


Go to the Seminar Schedule page from The Eating Cure

Click here to go my Gardening Videos page. (Password access only to participants who attend the Square Yard seminars).

Here you will find videos on container gardening as in the Square Yard Gardening system, as well as other gardening videos and information.

Happy gardening & enjoy!

Nalin K. Nirula

The Urban Gardening Club will be meeting soon. Look for the dates on the Schedule page and the Blog.

Summer 2015 Seed Packets for Module 2 Participants

Note: seed mixes may be changed according to seed availability

Seeds- Choice of Summer Mix 1 or Summer Mix 2

Summer Mix 1:
i.    Container 1 - Choice of any 1: Karela / Lobia/ Kakdi [Climbers] - 3 plants (12 seeds)
ii.    Container 2 - Choice of any 1: Karela / Lobia/ Kakdi [Climbers]  - 3 plants (12 seeds)
iii.    Container 3 - Okra, bhindi. ( 3 plants – 12 seeds)
iv.    Container 4 – Summer leafy greens: Cholai or 'karmi' - (amaranth) (6 plants – 24 seeds)
v.    Container 5 – Radish - Raphanus sativus var. caudatus, (‘Serpent’ or ‘Rats Tails’ Radish) (5 plants – 20 seeds-imported)
vi.    Container 6 – Mint & Parsley (15 seeds each) OR-- 20 seeds of any local produce (bhindi, cholai, lobia, kakdi, karela)

Summer Mix 2: 
i.    Container 1 – Choice of 1 of 3: Karela / Lobia/ Kakdi [Climbers]
ii.    Container 2 – Okra, bhindi
iii.    Container 3 – Radish - Raphanus sativus var. caudatus, (‘Serpent’ or ‘Rats Tails’ Radish)
iv.    Container 4 – Summer leafy green - Cholai (amaranth)
v.    Container 5 – Summer leafy green - New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia)
vi.    Container 6 – Mint & Parsley (15 seeds each) OR-- 20 seeds of any local produce (bhindi, cholai, lobia, kakdi, karela)


Radish-'Serpent/Rats Tails'

This pods of this radish are a succulent mildly spicy treat. The greens are also used in stir-frys. Popular in Asian cooking.


New Zealand Spinach

Tetragonea or New Zealand spinach is not a true spinach but has oxalates like spinach which prevent absorption of other nutrients by the body.

It has excellent vitamins and bio-available calcium. It should be blanched in hot water for a minute or so, the water discarded (to remove oxalates) and then eaten. The taste is similar to that of spinach, but does not get bitter in summer heat (while spinach does).


Plant label stakes

6 cm x 10 cm multicolored PVC plant label stakes for labelling with permanent marker.