The need to institutionalize Agriculture!

Agriculture, in India, is still majorly carried out by individual farmers and their families. In the absence or lack of farming (for the reasons mentioned below), a farmer only suffers a financial setback whereas, we as a nation, suffer from a deficit in food production. We need to understand this.

There is an urgent & crucial need to institutionalize agriculture for the following reasons:

  1. Personal Problems: Individuals are prone to many personal problems like sickness, death, family problems or family functions. In such events a farmer ceases to farm for a particular season.
  2. Income: Farming is majorly carried out for income. So, if there are farmers who have sufficient income from other sources, they cease to carry out agriculture or just farm in one cycle instead of two or three.
  3. Migration: The next generation farmers are well educated and are moving to cities for better employment opportunities. In such cases, the farms are often neglected or are not used to their optimum capacity.
  4. Farming of non-food crops: If certain non-food crops fetch better prices, the farmers carry out farming for those non-food crops rather than food crops.
  5. Agricultural Problems: On an individual basis it is difficult to fight natural problems like shortage of rainfall, lack of labor, etc. On the other hand, institutions, being well financed, can easily tackle these problems by implementing solutions like rain water harvesting, mechanization, etc.

For all the above mentioned reasons and more, we suffer from lack of production. While many believe that institutionalizing agriculture may be detrimental for farmers, I believe it will be very beneficial for them as they can earn – rent for their land, salary for their work and a share in production.

I believe we can turn any situation into a win-win one!

Happy Farming! 🙂

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World Environment Day!

Social/Environmental Cause is a big term. Often associated with a false pride of us doing something for environment/others/society. I don’t think it really works that way. In the beginning, even I believed that I am doing something which is good for the planet. Bringing a change to the world or making the planet a greener place, are good things to talk about. But let’s be frank here. If you’re planning to start gardening, do it for yourself. Do it because it is one of the best things to be done!

Earth provides us with everything we need. Right from our food to our shelter, everything. So the next time you plant a tree, don’t say ‘for a better Earth’, say ‘for a better me’. Let your acts be that of a gratitude. If there is anything that you can change for better, it’s yourself. Earth can take care of herself.

Happy Gardening 🙂

Pink Rose at Reema's Garden

Why I started Gardening…

Like everyone I started gardening for small joys that it brings.. to see a flower bloom… to see a plant grow… to see a life grow!

During this incredible journey I didn’t just learn about plants and ways to grow them but also about living life in a different way!

The way they say, every journey is a spiritual one! After completing a 100 technical posts on gardening, I did like to share a few articles on how gardening changed my perspective, what I learnt, what I believe and where I am headed.

Hope you like the upcoming series!

Happy Gardening 🙂

Thankful Thursday: Blogger’s edition #8: Ladies of the Garden!

La Petit Muse

Hahaha! Sounds like the title of a Shakespeare play, doesn’t it? *Shrugging* Eh, I’m no fan of Shakespeare, but maybe these ladies are? 🤔Anyway…

Pop in for a visit at plantsandbeyond

I love Luda’s blog and today, I am utmost grateful for it.

My friend Luda is extremely passionate about cooking, healing, volunteering, reading, and gardening among many other wonderful things. If you’re interested in creating your very own healing organic garden, she’s your gal. You can stop by her wonderful ‘About’ page and learn more about the woman behind the blog.

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Don’t be scared to experiment!

Plants are living beings and you ought to care for them! Having said that, it should not deter you from experimenting. Making mistakes is one of the ways to learn. Don’t be scared to experiment… Here are few things you should always keep trying..

  1. Potting plants in different ways
  2. using different kinds of pots
  3. adding different types of compost
  4. making your compost in many different ways
  5. moving your pots (plants) around.. from full sunlight to partial sunlight to shade.. and vice versa.
  6. watering in different quantities to know the optimum quantity of water required..
  7. watering in different ways like drip watering, watering once in a day or watering twice in a day
  8. pruning at different stages
  9. Buying different kind of plants… trying all kinds of plants for your garden
  10. trying to grow different plants/veges/herbs at home.

Don’t be scared… This is how we all learn… its OK if your plant dies… Don’t be hard on yourself… The only thing that matters is you being involved with your plants.

Happy Gardening 🙂

Reminder: Plants are living beings!

I know it sounds and looks weird…. but we do need a reminder every now and then…

Especially after a beautiful flower series… This is a mandatory post.

Don’t buy plants only for their aesthetic appeal.. Don’t force them to look a particular way. They have their individuality like you have yours. They don’t have to look the way you have imagined it to be. One single flower is as beautiful as a bunch of 15-20 flowers. A plant serves more purpose than just producing flowers. Don’t force the plant to produce excessively by adding excessive chemical fertilizers. Treat a plant like your child!

Happy Gardening 🙂

Flowers I didn’t write about

There are many flowers that either I haven’t tried growing or haven’t been successful at growing or I have grown them but I don’t have enough knowledge to guide you about them. Here’s a list of few other lovely flowers you can try growing at your place. If you are already growing few of these at your place, Tag me in your post! I would love to reblog your articles! The images used in these pics don’t belong to reemasgarden.com

 

  1. Hydrangea
    hydrangea
  2. Geranium
    Geranium
  3. Impatiens
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  4. Tuberose or Nishigandha or Rajanigandha
  5. Dahlia
    dahlia
  6. Sunflower
    Sunflower
  7. Denolix Regia or Gulmohar
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  8. Daisy or Gulbahar
    Daisy
  9. Murraya paniculata or Kaaminee
    Kaaminee
  10. Daffodil or Narcissus or Nargis
    daffodil
  11. Tulip
    tulip
  12. Viola or pansy
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  13. Lotus
    lotus
  14. Water Lily
    water lily
  15. Kunda or Jasminum multiflorum
    kunda

I love Kunda. I’ll share my pics later. I wanted to share information about kunda along with the jasmine trio.. but then I thought it would be too much! Hope you like the post!

16. Gerbera

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17. Gazania

gazania

18. Aster

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19. Dianthus

dianthus

I love Dianthus. Very easy to grow. Low to no Maintenance. Multiple blooms.

20. Morning Glory

morning_glory

I have morning glory at my place. Again one of those easy to grow plants. However in my limited experience.. I have seen them being prone to a lot of pests! Found it difficult to make them climb in a specific shape as well. I hope I didn’t sound negative. Just sharing my experience. One of the reasons why I didn’t share it in the main list.

21. Allamanda

allamanda

Its been more than 8 months since i first bought allamanda. Since I haven’t crossed the desired one year period.. didn’t include this in the main list. Very nice plant. I have a climber.. climbs really fast and in the desired way as well.

22.Salvia

salvia

I had a very good experience with Salvia. I kinda like them.

23. Thunbergia

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24. Begonia

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Happy Gardening 🙂

Flower Garden – Part XX – Firecracker Flower

Heyy friends.. this is the last one in the series… Its called the Firecracker Flower or Crossandra infundibuliformis.

It is native to southern India but I believe it can be grown in several different regions as this plant has received Award of Garden Merit from Royal Horticultural Society in 2017.

3 main reasons to have this plant:

The flowers are very beautiful… But the Buds are even more beautiful 🙂 🙂 🙂

Crossandra is perfect to add that light orange color to your Garden! They have multiple blooms at any given point of time.

These are very easy to maintain these plants.

Plant them in Big Pots. Add sufficient compost while potting them and then once in every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening 🙂