Learn how to turn your organic terrace garden into a business from Kerala’s Rema Devi, who earns up to Rs 60,000 a month from the knowledge of plants, seeds and fertilizers at her home.
In the 90s, Rema Devi started growing organic vegetables around her house in Kottayam, Kerala. Then his only aim was to fulfill his family’s daily requirement of vegetables. But in the last few years, his hobby of gardening has become so big that it has become a source of good income for him.
As a child, Rema used to help her grandmother in gardening. His grandmother was a successful gardener for years and grew a lot of vegetables. Today, Rema also grows almost everything at home – be it pulses or vegetables.
She says, “In our childhood, my younger sister and I used to be grandmother’s helpers and it is because of her influence that I love gardening so much today. It was from him that I got to know about organic methods.
Rema Devi has been growing vegetables and fruit trees by gardening on the terrace of her house for the last 20 years. To take her gardening knowledge to the masses, she started her YouTube channel, through which she helps urban gardeners. Not only this, Rema collects vegetable seeds and distributes them to the people.
56-year-old Rema believes that terrace gardening can be done in very sustainable ways and at low cost, and her channel helps people in this work.
Started organic vegetables to provide chemical free food to children to grow
Rema was always interested in farming and horticulture, which is why she majored in Botany. But even after studying, she was not growing much vegetables at home earlier. Then an incident in life connected him with horticulture.
She says, “Once I was cooking vegetables brought from the market. Suddenly a strong smell of some chemical started coming from that vegetable. Then I felt that I cannot feed such food to my children and then I started growing vegetables at my house.
Earlier they had planted vegetable plants around the house. Later, when he got his own house, he started good gardening on the terrace. However, he believes that some things should be taken care of before making a garden on the roof.
Keep these things in mind while doing terrace gardening
Rema says, “While taking care of a terrace garden, it must be remembered that it is the topmost layer of our house. I painted my entire roof with white cement to ensure its safety and avoid leakage. Instead of placing pots or grow bags directly on the terrace, use stands or coconut shells.”
Rema has also been making her own fertilizer for her garden for 20 years and collects seeds only from the organic vegetables she grows.
Today she is also earning well from her seed bank. She told that she sells these seeds through social media. The cost of these seeds ranges between Rs 25 to Rs 40 per packet, depending on the variety and availability of vegetables. At present, she is earning around Rs.60,000 per month only from the seeds business. He is getting orders for seeds from all over the state.
She just wants to tell people that only one is right, but try to grow organic vegetables at home.
For more details you can contact Rema on 79077 87439.
Editing- Bhavna Srivastava
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