Bihar woman grows 5kg of produce a week in PVC pipes

Insufficient space is one reason why people hesitate to garden at home. But Sunita Prasad, a resident of Chhapra, Bihar, and a passionate gardener, found a way by installing PVC pipes as well as bamboo to create a vertical garden. Here she grows around 5 kg of vegetables every week.

Therefore, she got the idea of gardening in pipes out of the blue. She says, “One day, while selling goods to a scrap dealer, I took note of a pipe in his bicycle and bought it instantly in the hopes of creating something innovative out of it. But eventually, it was laid on the roof with some soil, and many weeks later, I noticed leaves sprouting from it.”

This was when she got the idea to grow vegetables in pipes. Today, she grows almost every seasonal vegetable in the form of a vertical garden made of PVC pipes and bamboos. It was after her first phase of successful gardening in pipes that she turned to bamboo. It gave the same results. “People have a misconception that vertical gardening is expensive, but this can be solved by opting for bamboo,” she says.

“The size of the pipe can be decided according to the area you have. All vegetables, from leafy to tubers, can be planted this way. I use the vermicomposting method for nourishing my veggies. Thus, the whole produce is organic,” shares the 45-year-old gardener.

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