If you are just starting your Garden or you have been Gardening for quite sometime now, there are few truths about Gardening that I want you all to know about:
Plants die: Yes, Plants die. Sometimes its your fault and sometimes, its not. I always try to explain in my Gardening Workshops – the reasons that could have caused a plant’s death. The fact is sometimes there is no reason. Plants are living beings and they die after sometime.
You won’t always get expected/desired results: This is true especially with kitchen Gardening. There are so many things that can go wrong. Sometimes the seeds don’t germinate. Sometimes the plants lack nutrition, sometimes its the sunlight and other times the pollination and above all wrong season or unexpected rainfall…. Things happen! So long as we enjoy process and are not focused only on the results, we are good to go!
Your Garden won’t always look like an Instagram/Pinterest Pic: Yes, you read it right. There are days when your Garden looks no less than a heaven.. the perfect beauty … But then there are days where there are no flowers.. No fruits… The leaves are yellow…
You’ll make mistakes: No matter how long you have been Gardening.. You will make mistakes.
Nothing called “NO MAINTENANCE”: While I can agree on the term “low maintenance”, there is nothing called “no maintenance”. If its your plant, you got to take care of it.
Hello friends, this is one of those posts where we have tough conversations, debates and discussions! So lets dive into it!
The internet is flooded with articles like 10 reasons you should start your Garden.. Gardening wave is here.. Its the “IN” thing… I get it… Heck, even I am here promoting and talking about Gardening….
But if you’re someone who’s not into Gardening and wants to start…. Just pause for a moment and ask yourself why… If your reasons are…. I want to give it a try…I want to start a new hobby… that’s great!! I would encourage you to go ahead and give it a shot!
BUT, if you’re motivation has come from some random Instagram or Pinterest image … Its time to rethink! First thing you want to think about is … is it only the looks/appearance of that particular plant that’s attracted your attention.
Do you want a garden purely for an aesthetic appeal and for no other reason? Because if that’s your sole reason, I am pretty sure, you’ll be disappointed sooner or later. Plants are living beings. They are not ornamental showpiece. They wont look the same all the time. They’ll not flower 24×7.. The leaves dry, turn yellow and then brown.. There are pest attacks and sometimes they grow in a way you wouldn’t want them to… for example, they may grow vertically instead of branching out .. or the climber grows in a different direction than what you expected to.
While it is human nature to classify the above behavior as problems and seek solutions; all I would like to suggest is acceptance.
While everyone has painted a very “ROSE-Y” picture of Gardening, I don’t want to paint a “THORN-Y” picture.. But I do want to say that the rose and the thorns together make a plant!!
Now this is a journey that I would like to document every part of! After I had put Krushi (My Agro Project) to halt which was around September 2019, I had decided, for next one year, I want to give it all.
My expertise being in doing what I do, I decided to start my own Gardening Hub in Dhayari Pune.
I opened my Gardening Hub in October 2019. Click here to have a look at our Studio.
October 2019 wasn’t easy. I was ecstatic and elated that I had found a perfect space for my office and Workshop. However, here’s the thing. Now I had to build it, as in I had to set up my office and my business. So initial few days were about cleaning and getting the place in order. The next few days were about setting up the right kind of furniture. Along came all the business compliance and other documentation and licencing that needed to be in place. Next was hiring. I had hired one office admin. She wasn’t good. So I had to fire her and hire another employee. That wasn’t easy. I have never before fired anyone. Then came one of the biggest challenge.. putting out the word saying “we are here” … You guessed it right… Marketing. I had a good experience of gardening but Marketing… I was a big zero in marketing. I am still grasping. It gets very challenging and overwhelming at times.. But its inevitable..
On 3rd November 2019, I conducted my first workshop in my Gardening Hub! Here’s the thing… We had just 2 participants! I remember very clearly and distinctly how scared I was about having just 2 participants. If you would have seen my previous posts of my workshops.. I had got used to having at least 15-20 participants… But then this is what fresh start looks like…. All sorts of thoughts like “what will they think?” …. “Will they be comfortable?”…. “What if they don’t like the workshop because there weren’t many people?”… and on and on went the thoughts… There came a point and I said to myself, “Lets see what happens!!” … And here’s what happened…
What I love the most is… I had just 2 participants – Neha & Vinita and I could achieve so much. Here’s the feedback that Neha left for me..
That was my humble beginning. Here’s me telling you.. If I can do it.. so can you… Don’t be scared to start small…