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All you want to know about Nutri Kitchen Garden

Nutri kitchen garden is the growing of nutrient rich crops in residential houses or in their vicinity to meet the requirements of the family all year round. 

Benefits:  

  • Increases availability of food and nutrient sources 
  • Source of supplementary income (up to 20%) 
  • Fresh and Safe (chemical free) 
  • In urban areas, Nutri kitchen gardening can be promoted in the form of roof top gardening, terrace gardening, vertical gardening and container gardening. 
  • In rural areas, Nutri kitchen gardens can be promoted in backyard of the houses. 

 

In order to plant a garden you need: 
1-A garden plan 
2-Available land. 
3-Some garden tools. 
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Small vegetable gardens meet 13-18% of protein, 33-42% of Ca, 56-82% of Fe, 82-125% Vit A
and 336-374% Vit. C. 
Principles to design Nutri kitchen garden 
Land preferably in backyard or the rooftop of house 
Quick growing fruit trees in north side to avoid shade effect 
Train climbers/vine vegetables on fences. 
Grow root crops on ridges which separate the beds. 
Use inter- space of slow growing crops with quick growing crops 
Include container gardens for pot-herbs 

In order to plant a garden you need: 

1-A garden plan 

2-Available land. 

3-Some garden tools. 

Small vegetable gardens meet 13-18% of protein, 33-42% of Ca, 56-82% of Fe, 82-125% Vit A and 336-374% Vit. C. 

 

Principles to design Nutri kitchen garden 

Land preferably in backyard or the rooftop of house 

Quick growing fruit trees in north side to avoid shade effect 

Train climbers/vine vegetables on fences. 

Grow root crops on ridges which separate the beds. 

Use inter- space of slow growing crops with quick growing crops 

Include container gardens for pot-herbs 

Select crops based on family choice, nutritive value, harvest frequency, market price, safety hazard scale, crop seasons etc. 

Ensure all three components i.e. leafy, root and tubers and other vegetables. 

Keep space for seedling production. 

Follow clean cultivation and 'minimum use of chemicals'  

Sanitation need to be perfect if required botanicals to manage disease (Trichoderma, lime) & pests (Neem oil @ 4 ml/liter of water or Neem Seed Kernel Extract @ 3 %, Spinosad 3ml/ 10 lt) 

 

Short duration vegetables for Nutri-kitchen gardens- 

Methi, Bathua (Chenopod), Mint, Amaranthus, Coriander, Lettuce spinach , Palak, Turnip, Radish, Vegetable mustard, Peasm Cabbage, Knol Khol, Broccoli 

Sutable fruits for nutri kitchen garden. 

Mango, Papaya, Aonla, Banana, Acid lime guava, pomegranate, bilimbi, karonda. 

 

Pusa varieties for enhanced nutritional benefits 

 

Crop 

Variety 

Distinctive feature 

Carrot 

Pusa Rudhira 

Pusa Asita 

Lycopene 

Anthocyanin 

Palak 

Pusa Jyoti, Pusa Bharti 

Vit A, Vit C., Fe, Ca 

  

Tomato 

Pusa Uphar, Pusa Hybrid-2, Pusa Rohini 

Vit C, Lycopene 

 

Vegetable mustard  

Pusa Sag-1 

Vit C, Carotene 

Amaranths 

Pusa Kiran, Pusa Kirti 

Vit A, Vit C, Ca, Fe 

Bitter gourd 

Pusa Hybrid-1,2 

Vit A, Vit C, Fe, Ca 

Broad bean 

Pusa Sumit 

Protein 

Pumpkin 

Pusa Hybrid-1, Pusa Vikas 

Vit A 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Pusa Vegetable seed kit for nutri kitchen garden

Source: Division of Agriculture Extension, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi- 110012 

 



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