Students of Rajagiri Public School (RPS) through a recent project proved that even the people residing in multi-storeyed apartments can grow vegetables on their balcony
The project was carried out as a part of Design for Change scientific research competition organised by the Ministry of Education.
Plants were grown in large empty petroleum cans. A special arrangement of pipes, innovated by the students ensures water recycling. This system ensures ample water supply required for the growth of plants and at the same time prevents the problems caused by the excess drained water.
Condensed water from the air conditioners is also diverted to the plants through pipes. Terrace farming was also done in large, empty water bottles, by using wick irrigation method. Large disposable water bottles were cut into two halves and planting was done in the upper half after fixing old cotton clothes in the neck and then filling it with potting soil. The inverted upper half was then placed over the lower half, which acts as a reservoir. It is enough to water these plants during weekends only as enough water is stored in the lower half of the bottle.
The project was done by Sidhanth Suresh and Abhijith Giri under the supervision of their science teacher V N Ajith Kumar.
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