10 Awesome Minimalist Garden Ideas to begin with!

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One is aplenty

So you say you don’t have a green thumb? Or you think Gardening is too much effort and you don’t really want to get into it? So here’s me telling you to do it with just this one. Start with any of these, one single plant and I am sure, you can still call it a Garden!! 🙂

The best way to make your Balcony/Window/Terrace/Backyard look dense, greener and colorful is by having climbers around. Just a single Climber is going to make it look as dense as 4-5 plants put together (or probably even more). So if you don’t want to have too many plants around but you would love to have that green cover – Climbers are the best way to go!!

5 Must have Climbers:

So here’s my list of 5 must have climbers. But there are many many more. I would love to know your favorite climber!

1.Bougainvillea (Bouganvel)

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2.Rangoon Creeper (Madhu-Malti)

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3.Jasmine (Jasminium auriculatum) – (Juhi)

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4.Passion Flower (Krishna-Kamal)

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5.Garlic Vine (Lasun – Vel/Bel)

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They all grow in pots as well. Don’t worry about training them. Its very easy. You can even let them grow on their own… in random patterns. If you want to train them, here’s a quick video by ehow-Garden.

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Garden Decor – Part II

If there is anything that can increase the beauty of your Garden manifold – Its the Fauna that it attracts 🙂 Especially the Birds, Bees and Butterflies!!

To start with, we can place the Bird- Feeders. Click on the image to know more about bird feeders.

When you have birds visiting regularly, you can place the Bird- Shelters. You may start with one and then go on increasing the number of Bird Shelters. It is not a very common thing for birds to adopt man-made shelters. But you can always try. Do not hang the shelters. Bird Shelters should be steady. Also, do not relocate them frequently. Here are a few shelters. Click on the images to know more.




Now here’s another thing – Gardens have a different look by day and by night. So if you like to spend time in your garden in the evening, beautiful lights are a must. Fairy lights are my all time favorites. Unlike lamps, which are confined to one place, we can create different patterns with fairy lights. I love them also because they can be used both indoors and outdoors. Here are a few different lights with which you can light up your space. Click on the images to know more.




Furniture: When I say furniture it doesn’t mean a whole set of chairs, tables or couch. It can be just that one single swing Chair or an easy chair. Or it can be a floor furnishings like a Yoga Mat or floor chair. The floor furnishings look best in Balconies especially if you like to exercise and/or meditate in your garden.

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Garden Decor – Part I

3It is important to give your Garden that perfect look! After-all its going to be that little corner in/around your home where you would love to dive into your thoughts, adoring the beauty of nature and getting intellectual! Garden Decor gives your Garden a perfect facelift that it needs. We will today have a look at a few common decors that you can have around your Indoor as well as outdoor Gardens. As we proceed we will go on customizing the Decors!! So let’s begin:

Wind-chimes: The tingling sound and their beauty just makes it perfect! There are many DIY videos on YouTube for creating different wind-chimes! Or else you can check out amazon by clicking here.

Stands: Stands are very beautifully designed to give a wholesome look to the garden. Just one stand around the garden and it gives that perfect look! It is best to get a stand customized as per your needs. In the meanwhile, you can have a look at these as well. Click on the image below to know more.


Pebbles: You can use them around your plants/pots or to create pathways around your garden. You can also use them to create a miniature water pool in your garden. Click on the image below to know more.

More on Garden Decor Coming up Tomorrow!

Happy Gardening 🙂

 

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Indoor Garden

Very Frankly, I do not have an Indoor Garden. So everything in this article is based on various online research. Researching for this article made me wonder, why do I not have an Indoor Garden? Especially because all indoor plants are really low maintenance or Zero-maintenance plants. So here we go!

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Designing Indoor Garden is real fun as you can start with placing one plant in each corner or hanging a few plants around, to having a custom made green-wall. Make sure you invest in getting nice attractive planters for your plants!

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On second thoughts, You can also use all those fancy crockery and Glass Bowls that you no longer use in your kitchen, as planters!

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Indoor plants have two main Benefits – They have great aesthetic appeal and are excellent air purifiers.

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So if you’re wondering which plants should you add to your indoor garden, here’s a quick video.

 

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Vertical Gardens

Vertical Gardens are nothing but Gardens set up in a Vertical Space. The lack of space in Urban areas has pushed for the need of Vertical Gardens. Vertical Gardens can be seen as an effective tool to optimize the usage of available space. Vertical Gardens are meant for both Indoor and Outdoor Gardens. In this post, we will discuss about different ways in which you can set up a vertical garden at your place, plants that can be grown in vertical garden and a few pros & cons of vertical garden. We will be discussing in detail about Vertical Wall/Green Wall in another article.

There are many ways to make use of the vertical Space. A few examples are as follows:

You can attach it to the wall like these

You can place a vertical stand for the pots like these

I specially love the second idea of having a custom-made stand for your pots as it would give you a little more room for flexibility and movement along with a perfect look for your garden.

Coming to the plants, vertical gardens are meant for smaller plants. That does not mean we have to limit our options. There are innumerable flowering and non-flowering plants available (which are either small or dwarfed for) such type of gardens. Not to forget the Herb & Leafy Vegetables that you can have out here! Be careful with the placement of plants. If the lower racks are receiving less sunlight as compared to the upper racks, place your plants accordingly. Choose a mix of both shade-loving and Sunlight-loving plants.

You can get your stand designed from a carpenter or a Fabricator. Be careful about using wood for your stand. The stand may get wet/moist with the excess water that drains out of pots or because of rains, if you’re planning to place the stand outdoors.

Alternatively, you may also want to check out the wall hanging frames. Click on the link below to know more.

Planters Vertical Garden Panels Green ( 3 frames + 9 pots )

 

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How to pot your plant?

If you’re wondering why do YOU need to pot the plant when the Maali (Gardener) can do it for you, click here.

So here’s how I pot my plant.

Disclaimer: There is no right or wrong way to do it. I am expounding a few methods which have worked extremely well for me.

Scenario #1: Planting in Big Pots For Flowering & Fruiting Plants

Pots of Size 6″ and above. By 6″ I mean that the height of the pot is 6″ or more.

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Adding both the compost ensures adequate supply of nutrients to combat the ill effects of chemical fertilizers added by the plant sellers.

Scenario #2: Planting in Big Pots For Non Flowering Plants

If you’re planting non-flowering plants like Palm or money plant, you can fill your pot using any soil and dry cow-dung manure/vermi-compost in a ratio of 1:1.

Scenario #3: Planting in Small Pots For Flowering Plants

If you’re potting small plants that require containers smaller than 6″ I would suggest using only organic compost to pot the plant. No Soil at all. (The plant that you purchase will have enough of soil in it. So utilize the remaining space in the pot for adding compost)

Scenario #4: Planting in Small Pots For Non Flowering Plants

Here, you can use vermi-compost and soil in the ratio 1:1 to pot the plant.

Scenario #5: Sowing Seeds in Big Pots

This scenario refers to your vegetable garden. Here you have to prepare your vegetable bed/planters/Containers in the same way as mentioned in Scenario #1. The only difference is, when you’re filling your top 25%, use vermi-compost and soil in the ratio 1:1.

Scenario #6: Sowing Seeds in small Pots

If it is a flowering plant, fill the pot with organic compost and soil in the ratio 1:1

If it is non-flowering plant, like your herbs and leafy vegetables, fill the pot/container with vermi-compost and soil in the ratio 1:1

Where to get the Compost

As far as cow-dung manure is concerned, I would suggest you source it from your local Dairy farm (Tabela). It is one of the cheapest and best manure for plants. To know more about Cow-dung manure click here.

You can prepare your Organic compost at home. Click here to know how to prepare your compost at home.

Alternatively, You might also want to check out the ready to use potting mix available! Click on the images to know more!


 

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When and Where to Buy Your Plants from?

With so many Online and Offline options available, one often ponders where to buy the plants from. I would recommend buying plants from a local Plant Nursery! Wondering why am I saying so?

5 reasons to buy plants from a local plant Nursery!

  1.  Local Nurseries keep only the plants that thrive well in the local weather/climate conditions. So in short, their maximum chunk of plants are sturdy ones.
  2. Since the plants are sourced from local farms, they suffer less damage in transit.
  3. They are cheaper.
  4. You can actually see, feel and touch the plant before buying. You can choose to buy a specific plant which you like. A lot of times there are several options available in a single category. To give an example, have a look at the following images.

    All of them may be categorized as pink hibiscus. But you can notice the difference, not only in the shades but also in species. So it is best that you see the flowers so that you know what you’re buying rather than just having a vague idea.
  5. It helps create/foster employment in local area and by employment I mean all those who are engaged in this activity right from farm to the nursery.

 

When to buy Plants:

It is always a great idea to buy new plants. The only thing you have to be careful about is buying plants during change of season. In India this would typically mean the months of June, October and March. Two main reasons for not buying plants in these months:

  1. Like humans, plants also suffer from lower immunity during change of season especially if they are young. They either get infected with some disease or are vulnerable to pest attacks. I am not saying this to discourage you from buying plants. I just want you to be prepared for it. You ought to know that even if your plants are attacked or infected, it is temporary, like we catching a flu!
  2. If you’re buying plants for the first time, you should know what to expect out of it. For example, you bought a plant in the month of March when it had blossomed and had abundant flowers. You bought the plant expecting it to continue flowering just to know, that it has stopped flowering within a week’s time; only because its flowering season was December-March.

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Happy Gardening! 🙂

Balcony & Terrace Gardening

Now that you have decided which type of Garden you’ll be creating, let’s proceed to create one! In case you missed the article on different types of Garden that you can create, click here!

Where to Begin:

  • Factor in the space available in your Balcony/Terrace
  • Also check the hours of sunlight available
  • Decide on the type of Garden that you want to create/Design
  • Decide on the number of plants you’ll like to have
  • Decide exactly where and how you’ll place them. Positioning is the key! While deciding the position of each plant see to it that you’re placing plants that require sunlight in a spot that receives maximum sunlight and the shade loving plants on the other end.
  • Buy suitable pots and Containers for the plants
  • Buy the plants/seeds
  • Pot the Plants as mentioned here
  • You’re all set!!

Designing:

  • Pots are the first ones to grab the attention of the onlookers! And probably Yours too!
  • As I said, positioning is the key! Place the plants in proper hierarchy or Patterns.
  • Climbers/creepers, especially flowering ones, add a lot of beauty. Do give it a shot. I realized it too late! Now working on them. If you have climbers, you can have simple pots as the climbers end up covering the entire pot! So climbers are the best way to conceal anything. Just place them in front of the wall you want to conceal along with a trellis and there you are! They are magical. You just need to put in little efforts to train them.
  • Garden decor – click here to know how to decorate your garden.

5 Best Picks For Your Balcony/Terrace:

You can always go for simple terracotta pots. But here are my 5 best picks that will help you give your Balcony/Terrace a perfect facelift! You can click on the images for more details.

This stand fits in both as a corner piece or against a wall. You can even think of keeping it indoors!

If you want to add a touch of exquisiteness to your Garden, these planters would just say it all!

If you have a space crunch you can definitely think about going for this one! I have a complete article dedicated to vertical garden. Click here to know more about vertical Gardens.

If you would like it colorful, go for these ones

Lastly, my favorite, simple and sweet one! When placed in a row, they tend to give a nice classified look!

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Window Grille

Windows – the most under-utilized space in any home! Windows have always been my favorite as they are among the first things we approach in the morning! Pushing those curtains aside, glimpsing through the view, the rising Sun, the birds hopping and chirping on the nearby tree, the fresh air! Windows give us a sense of liveliness. I believe we owe a lot to the windows!

So here’s how we can Create and Design our window Gardens!

If it is a Kitchen Window – The best option is to go for a Herb Garden! Herbs need very little space to grow. Cooking with freshly pruned herbs always gives a sense of well-being and the aroma…… that’s called a paradise!

If it is a Bedroom Window – You have many options like small flowering plants, climbers and many more! Anything that you did like to see around when you wake up!

The same goes for a Living room window – You may want to factor in the aesthetic appeal of plants in the living room window!

Steps to Create Your Window Garden:

  1. Purchase and Place the Pots and Planters
  2. Get the right kind of Plants or Seeds for Your Garden
  3. Pot the Plants or seeds as mentioned here.

5 Best picks for designing your Windows:

You can always go for simple terracotta pots. But here are my 5 best picks that will help you give your window a perfect facelift! You can click on the images for more details.

If you have a Box Grille, You can always use these for designing the base of your window!

These can be easily hanged to your Grille, and they are my all time Favorite!

If you have a Wire mesh / Pigeon Net installed on your Window Grille, You should try these vertical garden hanging pots! They’ll fit in perfectly!

If you have a horizontal beam running across your window, or some hooks, you might want to try these pretty little hanging pots!

Lastly, If you are on a budget makeover you can always try these beautiful Grow bags!

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