I’ve been a weekend farmer for over three years now and still consider myself a newbie. There is so much to learn and know. I still get stumped when I encounter problems. Last July I had found that the leaves of my coconut palms were yellowing. I did not know whom to approach until I cajoled a horticulturist to visit my farm and by the time he left I was poorer by Rs 1000. It was the priciest advice I had asked for. He was at my farm for just 10 mins. My coconut palms look healthy.
In November I came across my fig plants dropping its fruits. Recently I found my lemon trees, now three years old, yielding no fruits. I have posted my query on a farming portal without any success.
Trees are fine. They grow on their own; take their own time to fruit. Four to five years mostly.
With so much vacant space around the trees I try growing vegetables with little success. I still do not know when and which vegetables to plant. When to give fertiliser. How to handle the pests etc.
If there could be a portal from bodies like Indian Institute of Horticulture Research or the many agriculture college who could give service as offered by gardengate.com of Australia. Gardenate makes it easier to keep your kitchen garden growing and producing. Each month the home page lists what you can plant now in your climate zone and what to prepare for next month. You can put your favourite planting guide in your pocket with the Gardenate app. The portal has planting calendar for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and USA and climate zones. It has a facebook account too.
Can’t we have something similar for Indian horticulturists?