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Ketaki Godbole Randiwe

Here is what I think:

1. I had in fact considered the ideal loamy soil (which has equal proportions of silt, sand and clay) when I said 'good garden soil'. This is what is readily available in most local nurseries in India. Of course, addition of perlite is useful not only in improving soil drainage but also conserving moisture. Coco-peat is a good alternative to perlite simple because it is a multi-purpose growing medium, providing protection against bacteria and fungus, improving soil texture and extending the life of the organic compost.

2. Since here I am talking about gardening using chemical-free fertilizers and pesticides and relying solely on natural processes to growing and tending to your garden, the source of the plant is secondary. Heirloom varieties and untouched native varieties of plants are important no-doubt, but not the crux of this particular story.

3. Excellent point. Plant vigour is one of the many joys of seeing your gardning efforts bear fruit, literally and figuratively!

Thanks again for your inputs and looking forward to your guidance.

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Vijay Gurung
highly educative and motivational article for a beginner who is looking forward to starting a kitchen garden, thanks
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Ketaki Godbole Randiwe

Thank you Vinay Gurung! Would love to see your gardening journey.. post some photos once you get started.

   

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