A purple Tata Nano has been zipping round Bengaluru with a inexperienced patch on the rooftop, giving new which means to the time period, ‘Garden City’. Although it seems to be as whether it is ferrying flower pots from a distance, a more in-depth look leaves one amazed. For, there may be an precise backyard rising on the rooftop in crimson soil. “It is nearly 18 months and my car garden is still healthy. Look at the leaves, they are so fresh,” says Okay Suresh, an advocate at Excessive Courtroom of Karnataka and Metropolis Civil Courtroom.
Why would anybody consider having a miniature backyard on high of a automobile? “I started by growing plants around my house in 3rd Main, Chamarajpet, about five years ago. I love floral scents and my interest in greenery has gradually grown from my childhood days. When I came up with the idea of a garden on my car, initially, people laughed it off, but I still went ahead. Today, my 16-sq ft patch, perched on a carrier above, is a role model,” says Suresh.
Suresh was born in Malnad area, close to Agumbe, and remained there until 1971 when he accomplished PUC. “I came to Bengaluru for my degree and later studied law at BMS College. “My passion for plants goes back to my childhood as my hometown is covered with a carpet of green.”
He needs that BMTC buses and vehicles might add a patch of inexperienced to assist Bengaluru with extra oxygen. “Even if five lakh vehicles here have 15 sq ft each of greenery, the city would be richer with 75 lakh sq ft of garden space. Isn’t that awesome?” says Suresh.
The cell backyard attracts many onlookers when the automobile is parked. “People often ask me how I choose my plants, what medium I use and how much I spend on maintenance,” says Suresh, though he’s but to see anybody observe his concept. Rising a inexperienced patch on high of a automobile isn’t unattainable, however to get the correct mix of crops was troublesome, says Suresh, as solely skilled horticulturists know in regards to the species that don’t wither in daylight or rain.
Though Suresh was in contact with horticulturists in Lalbagh and Cubbon Park, it was lastly an skilled gardener who put him heading in the right direction.
“A retired pruner in Lalbagh, Lingappa, came to my rescue when I met him at the Lalbagh flower show in January last year,” says Suresh.
Though the gardener modifications the crops grown above the automobile in response to the season, for the final six months, Lingappa has been rising asparagus and tulsi. “Asparagus is a tall plant with feathery foliage. It has bulb-like roots that hold on to the soil-and-cocopeat medium very well. Tulsi spreads medicinal properties into the atmosphere. Maintenance is easy as I do not change the plants for at least four months. I use organic plant boosters that take care of their nutrients. It’s only natural sunlight and water that keeps them going in all seasons,” says Suresh, who has the medium unfold out on a plastic sheet and tied to the provider body.
“I often take my car to Mysuru too and return with my plants still fresh,” beams Suresh.