What an amazing workshop at Mayuresh Shrishti, Bhandup, Mumbai on June 23rd, 2019 Their enthusiasm, curiosity and love for gardening was unparalleled.
Here are few testimonials we received at the end of our workshop:
“Reema was extremely informative & good. We need more detailed sessions to improvise.” – Satyajit
“The knowledge of the organizer is superb/ I myslef, have grown many vegetables in my garden with her suggestions. Thanks! 🙂 Reema! You are a rockstar in this field. Continue your good work.” said Rashmi who had attended my workshop back in November 2017 and then again in June 2019.
“I really appreciate the insight on the compost and soil of the plants. This session cleared many doubts and myths.” said Preksha who had helped us organize this event in Mayuresh Srishti.
“Very informtive and easy to understand & doable.” said Dr. Sandhya Anand.
“Overall awesome session.” – Archana
“Very good information, especially the organic part. ” – Amrit Kaur Seema.
Hi friends, I did guide you about when and where to buy your plants in the previous post. To read, you can click here.
This post is about things you need to know while buying plants:
Take time out to buy plants: I have seen many people who go to the nursery just like they did visit some shop, tell the manager/staff what plant they want, pay for it and get going. Don’t do that. Every single time to visit the nursery explore the plants there. Notice what kind of plants they have and what not. How have they aligned the plants. There are some which are kept out while others inside the poly-house. Just by observing this, you’ll come to know which are shade plants, which require full sunlight and which require partial.
Talk to the manager/staff: The Nursery staff/manager are highly skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to plants. Talk to them. Tell them your requirements. Tell them you’re looking for “indoor plants” or “flowering plants” or “medicinal plants” and acknowledge what they suggest. Ask them how to maintain these plants – how to prune and fertilize- see what they suggest.
Be Flexible: I know you must have planned your garden before visiting the nursery. But be flexible. You’re not always going to find all the plants you require. So keep an optional list ready. Also incorporate the manager/staff’s suggestion on what you should buy. They generally guide very well.
Enjoy the process: Let it be a play and not a work! Do it because you enjoy doing it. Let it not be one of those things on your to-do list. 😉
When you see a plant/tree shedding its leaves in autumn, you can’t help but wonder why didn’t I do this? Why did I not let go of the things that are old, dry and no more of any use? We clutter ourselves with so many material and emotional baggage. We need to let go. We need to understand that after every autumn comes a spring! Every single time we let go of things that are no longer needed, we make room for new and beautiful ones to come into our life. Applies to single facet of our life!
Minimalism is defined in many ways by many people. All I want to say here is let go off the useless stuff. I have been trying to get rid off the stuff I no longer need and with every single thing I pick up, I realize I have attached so many emotions to it. All I wonder is why? Do you as well?
I never spoke about my adventures beyond Gardening. Gardening, especially when your garden is settled, takes very less time. But the influence it has on your lifestyle is tremendous. First and foremost, it humbles you. I don’t know how… but it does. I have never in my life met an arrogant Gardener. I guess that is because it opens up a completely new dimension of thinking.
Secondly, we being humans, we can never really separate ourselves from our surroundings. And if I may dare say, we are obsessed with people around us, irrespective of whether they are good, bad or worst. Hence we never really get over the phenomenon of comparing/judging ourselves with our peers.. colleagues, neighbors, friends, relatives, even acquaintances. This is a subconscious habit as we are social animals. But something magical happens when we start being with plants/pets or nature. Suddenly we are comparing ourselves with them. This time, for good.
When we start comparing in terms of ‘what we take and what we give and how we live’, we realize how petty we human beings have been. This very feeling, I believe, gives birth to lifestyle changes and is one of the main reasons as to why nature humbles us.
Seems celebrations are going to continue for a while! 😀 🙂
My Blog, Reema’s Garden, has completed 2 Years!
What may seem to be very little time… appears like an eternity in blogging. A very big thank you to all my Readers!!
Above all….. My Blogger Family…. Ben… Radhika… Diana… Kitty… Mei… Kurian… Sue….Sifar… Kiran… Megala…Tanvir.. Ruchi… It would not have been possible without you all! When the real world was difficult, I lived & survived in the virtual one…. Thanks to you guys! You gave me a virtual home!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agricultural Problems: On an individual level 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!