An experimental Soil less Garden ..

Dr KS Bhat in his terrace garden
@kiran8 (15399)
Mangalore, India
November 12, 2017 2:59am CST
The most essential requirement for any garden would be to have fertile soil since one cannot imagine growing plants without a medium which is generally the soil. But in Mangalore Doctor K Sundar Bhat , a popular and well known Physician/ Professor , also a garden enthusiast grows plants without soil , using coco peat ( wood, leaves and other degradable material) . I have visited Mr Bhat's house and garden since his wife Vasanti is a friend of mine. It is well cared for and lovingly maintained by the entire family .. I have given the link to an article published online which gives more details and pictures. They are a very committed couple and are very particular about preserving nature .
Gardener Dr KS Bhat grows Plants using NO SOIL? Strange but unique soil-less garden! Gardener Dr K Sundara Bhat grows plants using soil-less substrate called ‘Coco Peat’ Mangaluru: Dr K Sundara Bhat, popularly known as a Senior Professor of Medicine and wi
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@MALUSE (43657)
• Uzbekistan
12 Nov
I saw a soilless garden many years ago in Disneyland, Florida (of all places!).
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@LadyDuck (176975)
• Switzerland
12 Nov
@MALUSE I imagine you are referring to the one in Epcot "Listen to the Land", very interesting.
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@MALUSE (43657)
• Uzbekistan
12 Nov
@LadyDuck Yes, it was in Epcot.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 Nov
@MALUSE It is interesting to know that they are able to grow Jackfruit,dates and other tropical fruits there..
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@LadyDuck (176975)
• Switzerland
12 Nov
We have soil less greenhouses here, plants grow using only water, no soil.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 Nov
@LadyDuck Yes it is easy to grow certain plants in water, in fact I have been keeping plants in water around the house and some of them are several years old.
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@LadyDuck (176975)
• Switzerland
12 Nov
@kiran8 The tomatoes grow very well in water, same for the eggplants.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 Nov
@LadyDuck Wow, Have you tried ? I must try that ..
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@nomus24g (24952)
• India
12 Nov
that's innovative n impressive....
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 Nov
@nomus24g Yes it is impressive given the fact that they dont have much space around the house ..
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@nomus24g (24952)
• India
12 Nov
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@ptrikha_2 (10328)
• India
17 Nov
@kiran8 @nomus24g that also shows that Indians can excel in Research and innovative solutions for common and special problems- key is willingness and support for such ideas.
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@prashu228 (25504)
• India
13 Nov
That's really nice. I have small terrace garden . I will study more about this type of gardening
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
13 Nov
The link gives you some idea ..
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@cahaya1983 (10038)
• Malaysia
13 Nov
Interesting! Nice alternative for growing plants and a good use for degradable material too.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
13 Nov
@cahaya True , in a country like India where there is scarcity of water due to inequal distribution , Bhats have installed rainwater harvesting within their compound. So they are trying out everything possible to make the best use of what nature gives us.
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@ilocosboy (37452)
• Philippines
12 Nov
wow, I'm interested because my hobby is also gardening of vegetables and garden plants. Right now I grow pechay, tomatoes and eggplant in the backyard. Gonna check your link.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 Nov
@ilocosboy Thats great , i too love gardening and like to read about new experiments
@ilocosboy (37452)
• Philippines
13 Nov
We're in the same hobby
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
27 Nov
@ilocosboy Gardening is the best hobby there is , a real stress buster
@silvermist (20116)
• India
12 Nov
I had read about ''hydroponics''.(grow plants in a watery solution of mineral nutrients instead of soil).But this is some thing new.I see that the doctor and his family are very dedicated horticulturists.Very commendable.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
12 Nov
@silvermist They are very dedicated. They are now growing mushrooms in a dark room using wood chips ,bark and peat..
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
19 Nov
@kiran8 So they keep experimenting new things.Really hard working couple.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
27 Nov
@silvermist Indeed they are , they have also grown strawberries here which is not easy because of the warm weather
@ptrikha_2 (10328)
• India
17 Nov
That is quite an interesting research and I hope that this will help in growing plants in not so conducive environment. I hope that this finding is supported by State/Central Governments fully as it can have many uses ahead.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
27 Nov
I don't think that he gets any funding because it is after all his private garden, however , he is a visiting professor at the various agricultural universities and teaches the students there about his own innovative methods.
@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
12 Nov
I have never heard of a soil-less garden before. Dr. Bhat does do a great job of preserving nature due to using degradable materials.
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@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
13 Nov
@Corbin5 Absolutely , that is what is most impressive..
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• Jaipur, India
12 Nov
Great work.
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