Flower Garden – Part III – Pentas

Here comes my most favorite flowering plant. The PENTAS. No words are enough to describe the beauty of this flower. Just go and get hundreds of them.. Go now… Runn…

So here’s why this one has been my favorite over the years:

Its very strong and sturdy.

Has amazing beautiful small flowers in bunches.

Blooms throughout the year.

Comes in various colors.

It highly resistant to any disease or pest attacks.

Thrives well in partial sunlight and shade.

Humming birds, sun-birds and butterflies love them.

Needs very less manure/compost. If you’re potting your plant as recommended, adding manure once in every 45-60 days is enough.

Happy Gardening 🙂

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New Season – New Series!!

Vacation time has kicked in! All the parents and kids are excited! Its a great time to start Gardening except we are all little confused as to how do we start.. Right?

So here I am.. with a brand new series of how to start Gardening! This time we are discussing every aspect in detail.. from what kind of pot should you use.. to how much should you water the plants.. From Beautiful Flowers to Organic Kitchen Gardening. And Yes, if you have a backyard or a Small Farm, there’s lot coming up for you as well.

Till then keep posting your queries and I would love to answer them!!

Happy Gardening! 🙂

 

No more Pinching!

You know exactly where this is going. Bonsai was just the beginning. Beginning of an entire new series of questionable gardening practices. I said “questionable” and not wrong.

Lets start with pinching. A widely approved and accepted Gardening Practice. Pinching plants is a form of pruning that encourages branching on the plant. This means that when you pinch a plant, you are removing the main stem, forcing the plant to grow two new stems from the leaf nodes below the pinch or cut. (Source – GardeningKnowHow – You can check the entire article on pinching here)

 

punchingAs you would have noticed, I have emphasized the words ‘forcing the plant’. My question is, why would you do that? Now before you say because it branches out and becomes bushy and produces more leaves/buds/flowers/fruits etc. All I want to say is it would have eventually done so. When the main stem has grown enough, the plant will branch out. All the pinching is just done to hasten the process. Why? Why can’t we allow them to grow at their own pace and in their own way? Is it so necessary to mold everything to our convenience?

 

Let us go a step further, with pinching we at least had a reason that it would produce more. What about Topiary? Why do we go about chopping plants/shrubs/trees? Just because it is appealing to the eyes? We chop them right till the time we get the desired shape and then we go on chopping to maintain that desired shape. All I wonder is, does nobody find it brutal?

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Lets assume that I have an authority over you or I am powerful than you. Imagine me telling you exactly how you should look. Your weight, height, skin color, hair.. everything. I decide and I impose it on you. How does it feel? If you have attained the kind of weight I want you to have, I stop feeding you. If you’re underweight I feed you unceasingly. I chop your hair to the length I desire and tan you enough so that I get the desired skin color. How does it feel? Well, you didn’t die and I am feeding you as well, so whatever I am doing is right, right?

 

We have come a long way from autocracy to democracy just to support the fact that every human being is equal. Lets take a step forward to support another fact that every living being is equal.

Being Reema!

When I started this blog, it was only about sharing my Gardening experiences and a few other Gardening tips and tricks that I had picked up! But something didn’t feel right. Or rather it felt right all throughout until past few weeks.

If you need to know how to grow something you have wikihow. You don’t need to look into #reemasgarden. Then what makes this blog different? How do you know its me.. Reema.. and everything on this blog is authentic?

This question has been haunting me for days and I finally feel I have found an answer. Our flaws make us human! That’s what I have realized and that is all that I am going to speak about for next few days. I want to get candid. I want to tell you all about my mistakes, which I now term as Experiences. I want to tell you all the non-physical/emotional/psychological aspects of Gardening that I have experienced.

One thing I now know for sure is that there is a limit to the physical aspects of Gardening but not to the emotional ones! In more ways than one gardening does turn you into philosopher or Spiritual person or probably both!

Strong-headed opinionated woman.. I have always been.. But I never thought I would let you know that. I didn’t want my blog to be an opinionated one. But then I don’t want my blog to be fact sheet/ database either. So here’s me!

I wish You all the very best! Remember, you always have an option to unfollow me! 😉

 

Gardener’s Confession – Chemical Fertilizers are tempting!

Who doesn’t love instant results?

Its very luring and tempting! You should see the results when chemical fertilizers are applied! The plants go lush green, start blooming ceaselessly, grow very fast and what not! When I use photos from my Garden on the Blog, I know how much better they can be if I did use those chemical fertilizers; especially in case of container gardening!

Then why not go for it? Because there will be days when you’re not regular with the supply of fertilizers or for that matter even water. There will be days when the plants have to sustain by themselves. That,my friend, will be time where an organically grown plant would outlive the chemically grown one.

And there are going to be several of those days. Days when there is excess work at your workplace (or exams if you’re a student), days when you or somebody in your family is not keeping well, days when you’re traveling or recovering from your jet-lag, and many more.. You want your garden to survive through all of it.. don’t you? Then, Go Organic!

Happy Gardening 🙂

Flowers, flowers and More Flowers!

Now that we know flowers help attract bees, butterflies and birds; let’s get a bit more specific about what kind of flowers. We also discussed about single petaled flowers being better than the double petaled ones.

  • The next thing is to incorporate as many colors as possible. Its true that colorful flowers attract bees and butterflies more than the usual white flowers.

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  • Also add as many different variety of flowers as possible. Fruit vegetables are a great option too.

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  • Prefer both Bunch flowers like Ixora and Pentas as well as individual flowers like hibiscus.
  • Have flowers for all the seasons.
  • Go 100% organic.

 

Single Vs. Double

We know flowers help attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

We also know that the flowers have to be native/indigenous!

What next?

It is said that the bees and butterflies prefer single petaled flowers more than double.

Confused? Look the following pictures. The images to left indicate single petaled flowers and the images to the right are double petaled ones.

Opt for single petaled flowers the next time.

Happy Gardening 🙂

Disclaimer: The images in the post are used for illustrative purposes and do not belong to reemasgarden.wordpress.com

Go Indigenous!!

The first time I heard the word Indigenous (with reference to plants) I knew for sure they were referring to the genus of plants originating in India!! Well, I did realize that I should refer a dictionary and not come up with my own interpretations!!

So what is Indigenous? Indigenous means originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native. (To me, who stay’s in India, the misinterpretation and correct interpretation didn’t really make a difference though 😉 )

So, Why should we go for Indigenous plants?

Because only and only indigenous plants help you attract the fauna!! By fauna, I mean, the birds, bees and other insects!

So how do we identify these native plants?

The simplest and most useful trick I use here in India – I check if there is a name for the plant in local language. If the local language has a name for the plant it definitely is a local/native/indigenous plant.

If I know only the English and/or Botanical name of the plant, I know its not indigenous to India or my State!

Gardener’s Confession: Yes, I do have a few plants that are not indigenous, but a majority of them are Indigenous!! 🙂 😉 🙂

A Garden is more than just plants!

While we start with plants, a Garden is never just about plants!

A Garden starts with plants..

goes a step further with flowers..

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one step further with Bees..

Another step further with Birds..

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This image does not belong to my Garden. But I have seen hummingbird hovering around my Pentas and feeding on its nectar many a times!

Further with Butterflies..

Still further with all the pests, insects, worms and weeds..

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I have got 4 caterpillars in my Garden!

And a final one with predatory birds and insects!

All my upcoming Posts are about completing the Garden and how to go about it!

Hope you Like it!!

Happy Gardening!! 🙂

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Disclaimer: The images used in the post do not belong to reemasgarden.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Is Relocation the reason?

Is Relocation the reason you aren’t Gardening?

Is it your Work that makes you relocate often? Or may be it is your studies? Or may be it is just you! We all relocate for many a reasons. But all I want to tell you is don’t let the relocation ruin your Garden plans! It is feasible to move your garden to your new home but you may not want to do so for many reasons like:

  • You don’t know if the new home has enough space for all your plants
  • You’re not sure if you can dedicate the time and effort that the garden requires since a new place comes with its new set of demands
  • You’re not sure about the climatic conditions of the new place
  • You believe that – It is best to have local(indigenous/native) plants.

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To put it briefly, you’re expecting to move to a new place in another 3 to 12 months. Hence you’re not willing to start a Garden at your current place. Here are a few things you can definitely try: 

Option #1: Rent a plant 

There are many plant libraries, which function just like book libraries. You can rent a plant (or few plants) for a week to a month depending on your subscription and preference.

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Option #2: Go for Annuals

An annual plant is a plant that completes its life cycle, from germination to the production of seed, within one year, and then dies. Summer annuals sprout, flower, produce seed, and die, during the warmer months of the year. Winter annuals germinate in autumn or winter, live through the winter, then bloom in winter or spring. ( Source – Wikipedia)

In short, go for short-lived plants. These plants live only for 4-12 months. Hence are desirable as they would fade out naturally by the time you have to relocate.

Option #3 Go for Grow Bags

Grow bags cost less than half the cost of pots/planters/containers. They are very light weight which makes them easy to carry. On relocation, you can easily fold your grow bags, put them in carry bag and take them along. So they are Cheap, light-weight and flexible. Since they are cheap, you also have an option to dispose them off!! Click on the image to know more.

Option #4: Grow Your Own Food

Almost all the vegetables are annuals. And by vegetables, I also mean all those fruit plants which are commonly considered as vegetables. So whether it is gourds, beans, peppers, peas or lettuce; they are all annuals. And the list is never ending. It is also a great idea to have an herb garden since herbs mostly fall into annual category.

If you’ve any queries you can put them in comment section below or contact me here.

Let nothing stand in the way of You and Your Garden!

Happy Gardening 🙂 🙂 🙂