Urban Leaves India: A full fledged City Farmer

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A full fledged City Farmer

"Vipul Sanghavi" vips982@gmail.com

Who says one needs land to grow vegetables?

And who feels that Organic farming practices do not give sufficient yields?
A visit to our enthusiastic member Vipul Sanghvi’s terrace will put to rest any such doubts.

After dedicatedly making Amrut Mitti for a year

the roof top garden in a span of six months resembles a food forest.
Renamed as the ‘Kasturi Vaatika’, this space of about 1000 sft. has been consistently yielding vegetables – enough to sustain 3 or 4 families’ daily requirements at peak production.
So deep is Vipul’s love for the plants

that  he often refuses to undertake trimming of his plants. This creates such dense & shaded patches, it almost resembles a forest.

And the terrace is utilised not just for growing Fruits & Vegetables……

……………., but also for flowering plants.

These flowers attract bees and other insects which effectively pollinate the plants, thereby providing such bounty of fruits.

And of course there are some star attractions as well - the fiery tabasco peppers, the corn and the young pomegranate.
All in all, he has managed to recreate a paradise in the concrete city.

A star student, a dedicated sincere volunteer Vipul has set an example. 
Are you motivated to follow?

A few blow up of the photographs, as suggested by our readers

Happy and gardening 
Team Urban Leaves


  1. Close ups are nice but a full photo of the terrace would have added charm to it.
    But this doesn't take away the hard work that went in to make this lovely enviable "forest". :)

    Nisha - Le Monde-A Poetic Travail

  2. Can you give his contact Number? I am in Chennai and want to know about the roof garden. My e-mail ID - thangavelg@gmail.com

  3. Excellent achievement of getting vegetables specially for 3 to 4 family members from your terrace.

    In addition, great flowers !!! Surely, he has managed to recreate a paradise in the concrete city.

    Vipul --- You deserve Congratulations !!!

    I shall plan to visit your

  4. Amazing Wish i could have a roof tooooooo...!!!

  5. congrats vipul,
    Going by your pics a person can get lost :) in this garden paradise
    Can you give a rough idea on the cost of putting up the metal framework?

  6. Thnx Chitra.
    The cost was around 75K.
    However it can be lower as i had used material of higher specification.

  7. Terrific garden! A real labour of love ( and passion)!

    I also hope to have similar lush terrace garden, but I have serious problem with rodents which destroy many of my plants. I'm desperate for a solution. Any suggestions?.

    I have featured in my blog a lovely terrace garden in my locality at B'lore.

    Here is the link:


  8. Amazing. Do you have a training program for amateurs? I am from Vadodara and would like to join u guys to spread this activity. Pls. Let me hv email / tel no of Vipul. Nitinsingh Raulji, nraulji@gmail.com