What better way to increase awareness about farming and agriculture than to teach people grow food in their own home?
Gardening is all where it began….
Besides the hobby part of it, what gardening does is, it brings people closer to nature. The more they observe plants, the more they understand.
When people start growing food at home, may it be herbs or veges, they become aware of what a farmer is putting in. What goes into farming and how little are the farmers paid for their blood and sweat.
Its one thing for me to go out there and say “you should pay more for food produce” and its altogether different when people realize for themselves, how underpaid farmers are!
With these ideologies in place, we are here to make our contribution in field of agriculture and on agricultural fields!! 😉 😉
I know it sounds and looks weird…. but we do need a reminder every now and then…
Especially after a beautiful flower series… This is a mandatory post.
Don’t buy plants only for their aesthetic appeal.. Don’t force them to look a particular way. They have their individuality like you have yours. They don’t have to look the way you have imagined it to be. One single flower is as beautiful as a bunch of 15-20 flowers. A plant serves more purpose than just producing flowers. Don’t force the plant to produce excessively by adding excessive chemical fertilizers. Treat a plant like your child!
Today, we are going to discuss about two plants, which have very fragrant flowers and bloom only during night.
The first one, Cestrum nocturnum, common names include night-blooming jasmine, night-blooming cestrum, and raatrani.
The second one, Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, the night-flowering jasmine or parijat.
The above image of Parijat flower does not belong to reemasgarden.com
So, 3 reasons why you should have these in your garden…
For the late nights strolls that you take in your Garden.
For the fragrance. The enchanting fragrance spreads throughout your garden and your home.
They come in bunches. They have multiple blooms.
Isn’t it exciting? Few things to take care. Pot them in the biggest pot you have. Add sufficient compost while potting them. Add compost every month for initial 4 months and then once every 45-60 days.
Often called as CHAMPA or CHAPHA, Plumeria is one of the most easiest growing plants. That is one of the primary reasons why landscape designers/horticulturist use them anywhere and everywhere. You find these plants along the roads, highways, in backyard, residential housing compounds, around commercial buildings, parks, gardens, everywhere.
3 reasons why you should have plumeria:
They are strong and sturdy.
The flower stays afresh for 10-20 days. The flowers have a very long shelf life. Hence even if the plant blooms just once every month, it looks as if the plant is laden with flowers always.
Flowers in all seasons and has a mild beautiful fragrance to it. It blooms in bunches making it look spectacular.
Plumeria has more than 300 varieties. Choose the one that is indigenous to your location. Use a big pot to plant them. They need regular supply of nutrients. Add lots of compost while potting them. Later on add compost every 45-60 days for initial 6-8 months and then once in every 75-90 days.
Combretum indicum, also known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, are beautiful flowering vines with Red color flowers found very commonly in Asia. The beauty of these flowers is they start as white colored flowers.. slowly turning pink and then maroon.
Since they are climbers you can place them in any part of your garden and then place support in the shape and direction as you want them to grow.
They need bright sunlight.
Keep adding compost every month for initial 4 months and then once every 45-60 days.
They are very low maintenance plants. They have a very high aesthetic appeal and are strong and sturdy.
Canna often comes in these bright yellow, orange, red colors which makes them very attractive. The unique petal (stamen) structure mimicking lilies adds to its beauty.
Canna is very easy to grow and loves bright sunlight.
Use a wide pot when potting these plants. Click here to know more.
This one is again one of those low maintenance plants. Add sufficient compost while potting them so that you don’t have to add compost later on. Adding compost later on by digging the soil around plants may at times harm the upcoming new shoot.
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!! 🙂 😉 🙂
Surprising as it may seem you can manage your Garden very efficiently with the existing quantity of water usage. Garden by no means is demanding, especially when it comes to water! So whether you’re facing a water crunch or you believe in water conservation, these tricks will definitely help you save water.
#1 Always Mulch the Soil: Mulching helps to prevent water evaporation from the soil thereby requiring less water. To know more about Mulching click here.
#2 Use Fresh Cow-dung: Cow dung is excellent to prevent water evaporation and keep the soil well hydrated. Mix 1kg of cow-dung in 5 liters of water and use it to water the plants. This acts as excellent compost, mulch and water retention technique. You can also try making amrutjal. Click here to know more about amrutjal. (Disclaimer : Please do not use fresh cow dung in monsoon/rainy season. The moisture in the soil combined with humidity in the atmosphere will lead to fungal growth.)
#3 Water from Mopping the Floor: It is a great idea to Mop the floor with plain water (without any chemical floor cleaners) and then use it for watering the plants.
#4 Water from washing clothes: You may not be aware but there are many 100% eco-friendly detergents available in the market. So you can use the water that drains out after washing/rinsing the clothes and use it for watering the plants. In fact its a great idea to connect your washing Machine’s drainage pipe to another smaller pipe that leads directly to your garden or pots.
#5 Water from Washing Your Fruits & Vegetables: It is a great idea to wash your fruits, vegetables and other food items like cereals and pulses in a container and use the same for watering the plants.
These are my top 5 water saving techniques. Please add your ideas in the comment section below!