"Square Yard Gardening"

with Nalin K. Nirula


Square Yard Gardening

This summer get into Square Yard Gardening—grow your own high quality organic veggies on your rooftops & balconies with a minimum effort and save money throughout the year on your favorite exotic vegetables!

  • Provide fresh vegetables for your family of 3 or 4 throughout the year at a minimal ongoing cost--cost of seeds and occasional green fertilizer or make your own compost from kitchen waste vegetables. (Instructions included)
  • Participate in the first Square Yard Gardening 1 hour Seminar on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
  • Venue: A-14 Anand Niketan. Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

See details below.


Call the Center on weekdays between 11 am and 6 pm to book your seat.

(011) 24114694, (011) 24113990, (011) 24115990


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

Click on the settings icon and select options to increase video quality if needed.


Square Yard Gardening Seminar Details

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. (Rs. 50/- value)
  3. Free Bonus 2 - 1 small container of mint seedlings. (Rs. 30/- value)
  4. Free Bonus 3 - 6 seeds of New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia) (Rs. 15/- value)

Module 1 Fee: Rs.900/- plus free Bonuses of Rs. 95/- value.

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)


Additional Items Pricing

  • Ready to plant containers complete with soil:
  1. Price for those taking module 1 only: Rs. 2,500/- per container; 3 containers for Rs. 5,000/- (a saving of Rs.2,500/- for 3 containers).  
  2. Price for those taking module 2, @ 50% off  the single container price= Rs. 1,250/- per container, 3 for Rs. 3,750/-.

  • Seed Packets
  1. All local seed varieties, per packet of 20 seeds: Rs. 25/- to Rs. 35/-
  2. New Zealand Spinach – per packet of 20 seeds: Rs. 55/- (imported)
  3. Radish ‘Rat-tail Radish', or 'Serpent Radish' (Raphanus sativus var. caudatus) - per packet of 20 seeds: Rs. 55/- (imported)

NOTE: Prices subject to change from time to time and without prior notice. Check with the Center for current prices.

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. (Rs. 50/- value)
  2. Free Bonus 2—1 gardening tool - special purpose-made khurpi – (Rs. 25/- value)
  3. Free Bonus 3—10 re-usable, imported UV resistant new PVC multicolored plant label stakes (Rs. 125/- value)
  4. Free Bonus 4—1 set of Summer Mix Seeds sufficient for each container (Rs. 100/- value).

Module 2 Fee: Rs. 8,400/- LESS Lecture fee of Rs. 900/- (Special discount)

= Rs. 7,500/- net,

plus free Bonuses of Rs. 300/- value as listed above...

+ Super Bonus 5 Free Membership to Nalin K Nirula's  'Urban Garden Club' for the 1st year - includes: Special offers and discounts on all future purchases of containers, accessories, gardening supplies, seeds.

+ Super Bonus 6: Free admission to the UGC Garden Tea parties with Nalin K. Nirula (for 1 year).

And...

50% OFF on each additional Complete Planting Container--a Rs. 1,250/- saving per 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.