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Post  rajmahendra on 8/1/2016, 5:48 am

@sanderson wrote:Raj,  Isn't the weather warm year around?
We have almost proper season.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad_district,_India#Climate
December to March - Winter
April to June - Summer
Monsoon/Rainy - July to September
Autumn - October to November
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 8/1/2016, 8:58 am

Very similar to what we have in the SE US!
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Post  sanderson on 8/1/2016, 1:38 pm

Looks like most rain July to September.

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Post  Kelejan on 8/1/2016, 2:36 pm

glad you\'re here Raj happy hi 
from Kelejan :canada: in British Columbia.
We have a shorter growing season than most of the United States and we get cold weather and snow as I expect you know that anyway.

Just a thought about your SFG beds on your roof.  A 4ft  x 4ft  complete with soil and watered, is very heavy, so make sure your roof is strong enough to support the number you want there.  I wonder if anyone has any idea how much that would weigh?

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Post  rajmahendra on 8/17/2016, 7:51 am

@Kelejan wrote:glad you\'re here Raj happy hi 
from Kelejan :canada: in British Columbia.
We have a shorter growing season than most of the United States and we get cold weather and snow as I expect you know that anyway.

Just a thought about your SFG beds on your roof.  A 4ft  x 4ft  complete with soil and watered, is very heavy, so make sure your roof is strong enough to support the number you want there.  I wonder if anyone has any idea how much that would weigh?

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
That is my main worry... its too heavy to move or lift!  i have to see some other way to do this... 
I am thinking of using bricks its less and easy to remove.. but worried how it will be in terrace !
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Post  Kelejan on 8/17/2016, 7:39 pm

Try making a 2 x 2, fill with soil, water, then weigh.  If a 4 x 4 is too heavy, then find the load bearing walls below the roof and spread out smaller boxes.

I do not know how solidly you house is built:  e.g. my house is completely made of wood and is old, I would not dare put anything on the roof.
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Re: Namasthe! from Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Post  plantoid on 8/19/2016, 5:23 pm

@rajmahendra wrote:
@Scorpio Rising wrote:Hi, Raj, and Welcome from Ohio, USA!  You look like you are off to a good start!  The wood you used might not hold up as well as plain lumber, but to get you started it will be just fine.  

Just do the best you can with the Mel's Mix; it can be hard to find the ingredients.  The best thing you can do is start your own compost pile, that will be most helpful in the garden.  

Again,  glad you\'re here
Yes Smile  I am talking with my carpenter to find a good wood and good quote for around 10 beds in future. (My whole terrace filled Smile )

The current mix is having some animal manure + cocopeat + compost.  I have added Neem Cake + Bone meal. 

I have Panchagavya , Neam oil and BioFungi in hand just in case.

Welcome ,
I'm guessing that you will have a fantastic journey with the , "  All new square foot gardening " experience .

I live in South Wales Great Britain , my brick built 900 mm high deep beds are filled with the above materials I've marked in red .

 Re:- the animal manures.
Get as many different types of animal species manures as you can including bird poop . I think the initial construct of my version of Mel's mix included a third of the volume manures & beddings , using nine different animal or bird dungs including their used beddings. My results are shown in the gallery pictures .

  If you can get hold of fish skins or fish meal a hand full every now & then in your compost heap will add all manner of useful micro nutrients.

 One thing ....... don't go to heavy in using bullock dung or bedding soaked with their urine as it can be a tad too acidic & this will if used too much in each compost heap  will usually affect the pH balance of the compost .

 Chicken muck in your compost heap with straw bedding & feathers is fantastic once the heap has composted
( See ,  " The Berkley 18 day hot composting method "  on the internet for a way of making great compost easily & quickly .   Just don't let it dry out as it needs a reasonable moisture level for the beneficial composting bacterial action to work .

 Over the time of  six or so years the coir material will break down quite a lot , so perhaps adding some extra new stuff into your composting heaps as you build them up will help replace the lost volumes of bed contents when you add new material to a vacant square in your beds .

 I know you've only just started the journey but planning well & thinking ahead ... If you stay in one home for over seven years you might find it useful to empty & recharge each bed one at a time when you have time with all new home made Mel's mix made to whatever materials you have to hand as the light handling quality starts to degrade as the matter becomes broken down further & gets a bit heavier to work .
 The removed material could be fantastic for putting in deep holes for growing fruit trees etc . if you have the sace .
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