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Growing Rice (Paddy) in a Container – Terrace Garden


Hi friends welcome back, today I am going to speak about one of the rarest thing ever tried in any terrace garden. Wich is growing paddy. So let me tell you how I got this idea, a while back when I was in my farmland I saw some of the sprouted Paddy Grains, I thought to myself why not try it in my terrace garden. This thought really excited me I just picked some of the paddy grains came back home all excited to start a new experiment. So let’s rewind the clock and see how this beautiful grains came to be. Here i have some sprouted paddy seeds you can get paddy seeds from your former friends or the local Horticulture Department and the way to get these plotted is you have to soak the grains for a day and then remove the water and wrap the wet grains in a cloth, for a day or two after two days you get this sprouts like this. Once you see these greens sprouts from the grain you can sow them in the soil. So to sow these i have taken this medium sized clay pot and one more plastic container both of which are about a feet deep another important thing to notice that i have sealed off water drain in this pot since paddy requires standing water to grow i sealed it using a sealant called MSeal, so that water does not flow out. In a similar way the plastic container that i have also does not have any water outlet holes. When it comes to soil mixture I am going to use fully mature cowdung manure and red soil both in equal proportion and also make sure that your fertilizer is completely formed else that will start to rot in these wet conditions. Here I have my two pots ready to sow the paddy since they don’t require water drainage it’s a straightforward task of filling the mixture also I have kept soil quite loose for the plant to grow its roots easily Now I am done with sowing the paddy, I have just pick at the healthiest sprouts and place them gently about a centimeter below the soil that should be enough to keep them standing and grow. And I did the same thing in this pot as well After that all that you have to do is very gently pour the water in your pot. Make sure you don’t displace the saplings and also pour the water until it fills up the whole pot and raises till the level of the soil. Note: If you pour too much of water, the sapling will start to float so be very careful about that Welcome back it’s been 10 days since we planted these and my Paddy plants are growing very well it has gained good amount of height and all of them looks vibrantly green and healthy. And in the other pot as well my paddy plants are showing very good growth you You need to maintain standing water in your pot always this is very much required for the paddy plants to grow also once in a while we need to drain the old water by tilting the pot and pour fresh water. In this way we can make sure that water won’t stagnate. Friends my three long months of wait is over the paddy plants which I had planted before has given out some panicles lets have a look at them You can see here the panicles are inside the leaf sheath this is the initial stage after a day you will see the leaf sheath is slightly open just like this Here panicles are trying to come out of the leaf sheath. Next you can see panicles are coming out And finally it will come out fully you can see it here slowly these panicles will change its colour from this to this to this initially it will be light green and later it will become dark. But still the rice is not formed it you can see it is empty When the rice is formed inside the particles they bend down You can see this turning down wards. If it is straight it is not formed yet but when the rice is formed it will bend down Hi Friends it’s been four months now the plant also started to dry up and the grains changed their color to brown I think it’s time to harvest Here you can see the panicles harvested I feel really good to have grown this in my garden Now I need to clean this and remove the paddy husk to get the rice grains Now let’s separate paddy from hay to do that that you need to beat it against the floor so that paddy falls off This is the paddy that I got after harvest I got a plate full of paddy grains after separating the hay and cleaning it. I have also dried these paddy grains so that it is easy to remove the husk. Commercial de-husking paddy is done in rice mills but given the quantity of paddy that I have got i will have to do it in home. The next step is to remove the husk from this paddy, for this I am going to use the stone mortar and pestle which is used for mashing the spices in the kitchen I will slowly add this little by little and just keep this and rotate it I am NOT going to put any pressure on this as rice grains may break. By rotating like this due to the friction the rice grains will be separated from the husk Here you can see rice grains after removing husk So Rice is nothing but Paddy without husk you can see both of them in my pam here. This is the Peddy husk and these are rice grains raw unpolished rice will usually be in red color and based on the level of polishing you can either turn them into a Red, Brown or White Rice. Here it is the rice grown on my terrace garden it looks so raw and natural, Wonderfull !!! I am really happy with the results of my pilot project I have to be frank it was really tedious to mill the paddy in home, it was the most difficult part of this whole process I wish there was a better way to do it This is red rice and if you polish this and remove the outer layers it will become brown or white rice as we all know it And there is also one more variety of rice called black rice which is very popular in China. Given the small quantity of rice that I have I have found a unique way of using it, which is to mix this red rice with the white rice this gives the rice that we cook a unique colour and bit of crunch. Holding this rice in my hand I have a strange feeling of finally connecting with something that has been integral part of my life.

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