Here’s our plan for the New Year!

Its that time around the year when we share our content calendar & Plans!! So here’s how we plan to do it.

We will publishing 2 posts every week. One on Wednesday and the other on Sunday.

The posts on Wednesdays will be focused on Gardening. As always these posts are intended to simplify Gardening concepts aimed to encourage everyone to take up Gardening. I hope these posts will be helpful and help you solve all Gardening related queries. If you feel there are concepts that I haven’t discussed about or that you have doubts or queries related to gardening – please drop a comment. I’ll try my best to answer all your queries.

The posts on Sundays will be an update about us – Reema’s Garden or a personal blog from me – Reema Gopalan. These posts will cover topics like – what we are currently doing, challenges we are facing, our achievements, entrepreneurship and a few personal blog posts from me.

And here’s the best part

If you had those moments wherein you could feel plants having such a strong impact on your life that it changed your life.. momentarily or permanently… share your story with us! We would like to publish your story, experience, article, journey on Gardening, plants and more!!

Share Your Story with Reema's Garden
Share Your Story with us!

Start Small, Go Big

I cannot emphasize the importance of starting small. Its crucial that you start small. I always say it in my Gardening Workshops, start with just one or two plants, maximum three. No more than three.

Flowering plants are the best ones to start with as they require very low maintenance. Also, they give us lot of scope to learn.

The plants need to be watered regularly (daily). Different plants have different water requirements. Excessive watering creates equal stress on a plant as inadequate watering.

Spend at least 2-3 minutes with your plants everyday.

Now, once you have been looking after your plants everyday, now add to your Garden every month. Buy 2-3 plants every month. Slowly build a Garden. Enjoy the process.

Keep it gradual and casual.

Happy Gardening!

5 Ways to Classify Your Plants

Hello folks! So you have all that you need to start your Garden and you have taken a closer look at your Garden space. So now that wondering which plants to opt for, which is at times very overwhelming. I hope this broad classification helps you get a better idea of the plants.

  1. Based on Life Cycle: If you’re one those who thought all plants live in perpetuity or that they have a very very long life, you’ll be surprised to know – not all plants live for long. Plants are majorly classified annual, biennial and perennial. An annual plant is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seeds, within one growing season, and then dies. A biennial plant is a flowering plant that takes two years to complete its biological life-cycle. A perennial plant is a plant that lives more than two years.
  2. Based on requirement of Sunlight: Not all plants need full sunlight. Some require full direct sunlight, while some love the shade(indirect sunlight) whereas there are many plants that live without any sunlight.
  3. Flowering & Non-flowering Plants: Not all plants flower. You might want to look into that while deciding whether to buy a particular plant.
  4. Season: Not all flowering plants flower through out the year. Many flowering plants have a particular season during which they flower.
  5. Indigenous & Non-indigenous Plants: Indigenous are nothing but native plants of the region that you’re staying in. Whereas non-indigenous plants are exotic or non-native plants. Non-indigenous plants require lot more care than the indigenous ones. Indigenous plants are strong & sturdy. It is highly advisable to go for indigenous plants.

Here are a few ways in which you can use the above information:

Illustration 1: You live in a rented apartment with a beautiful balcony with good sunlight but may have relocate next year – In this scenario opt for an annual flowering plant!

Illustration 2: You have a beautiful house and nice backyard. You have been Gardening for quite a few years and now you just want to scale up – In this scenario go for different types of indigenous flowering perennials!

Happy Gardening!

3 things to look for before starting your Garden

Now that you have the 3 things required to start a garden, lets begin by taking a closer look at your space. A lot of times people struggle because they go buy plants and then wonder where are they going to put them or realize that the space is too small or doesn’t receive enough sunlight. Here’s how you can avoid facing those problems. Take a first hand close look at your Garden space and look for the following 3 key factors:

  1. Where is your space located: Are you going to set up your Garden indoors or outdoors or somewhere in between like a balcony or window grille. What this helps us understand is the kind of plants to look for.
  2. Sunlight: Does the space receive direct sunlight? If yes, for how many hours?
  3. How big is the space: This helps us determine the biggest size of pots/containers we can opt for while setting up a Garden. It also helps us understand how many pots (plants) we can have in the given space.

Now how to apply the above information:

Illustration 1: You have a space indoors with no sunlight – You will opt for indoor plants.

Illustration 2: You have a space outside, say your balcony, but the balcony does not receive direct sunlight. Then you should opt for shade/semi-shade plants.

Illustration 3: You have a small space on a window grille, but it receives full sunlight. In this scenario, you can opt for beautiful flowering “annual” plants. Since they complete their life cycle in a year, you can contain them in small pots.

Wondering what are annual plants? what are the other types of plants? Lets go! Click on the next post!

Happy Gardening!

3 things you need to start your Garden

Want to start a garden and wondering how or what you need? Don’t worry, we got you covered. And the fact is, since you “want” to have a garden; you already got what’s needed the most! A will!

  1. Desire: I always start with a desire, because you don’t want to have a garden just for the sake of it. It doesn’t work that way. Its a ongoing process and you should start only when you have an innate desire for it. Rest everything is “figureoutable”!
  2. Time: You should be willing to dedicate at least 3-4 mins everyday. If you can spare more than that, that’s great, but if not at least three minutes a day.
  3. Space: You need a dedicated space for your plants. It can be outdoors, indoors, terrace, balcony, window grille, anything. But you need to have a good look at your space before starting out with your Garden. Because it is your space that will decide what kind of plants you’ll have.

So now that you have all the 3, lets start setting up your Garden!! Click on the next blog post!

Gardening Seminar at Tech Mahindra

We conducted our first ever corporate seminar on 17th July, 2019 at Tech Mahindra, Chandivali, Mumbai. Here’s how awesome our Tech Mahindra Workshop was! Have a look!

Keep it up! You are doing a fantastic task of creating awareness among people. – Deepak Gangwani

Very good seminar, very much informative. Should conduct such sessions more often and should spread more awareness in corporates.- Trupti Patil

I was never into gardening but after this workshop I am definitely interested in having one plant in my gallery. – Mansi Parekh

It was a very informative session. We loved it! – Mrudula Warde

This is a very good initiative to understand the difficulty of farmers and also to familiarise us with nature by giving back something. – Pradeep More

Gardening Workshop at Vikhroli, Mumbai

Another amazing workshop at Raj Legacy, Vikhroli, Mumbai on 14th July, 2019.

Gardening Workshop at Raj Legacy, Vikhroli, Mumbai by Reema Gopalan

Here are few testimonials we received at the end of our workshop:

The presenter was patient with the questions. – Sonal Goyal

The workshop was very good. It helped me and cleared many doubts. – Vinita Yadav

Keep up the good work and initiative! More regular sessions will help. – Tina Rawka

Gardening Workshop at Bhandup, Mumbai

What an amazing workshop at Mayuresh Shrishti, Bhandup, Mumbai on June 23rd, 2019 Their enthusiasm, curiosity and love for gardening was unparalleled.

Gardening Workshop at Mayuresh Srishti, Bhandup, Mumbai by Reema Gopalan

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.