Reminder: Plants are living beings!

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!

Happy Gardening 🙂

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Which Veges to grow?

I am often asked, what are the best vegetables to grow at home/balcony/terrace? Well, all!!

So how do you go about deciding which vegetables do you want to grow?

Firstly, always factor in your interest and preference!

Secondly, the season. There are many veges that grow throughout the year but there are also equal number of them who prefer a particular season!

Thirdly, consider the available space in your balcony/terrace.

Now comes the biggest challenge – You’ve a list of 10-15 veges which grow well in a particular season, you’ve enough space for them and you like them as well. So now how do you choose?

CucumbersAlways remember, if it is your first time, things may not workout exactly the way you want them to. So always go the conservative way. Imagine you can harvest a very little quantity everyday. So what would you do with it? I’ll illustrate.

  • What if you harvest just one cucumber? Nothing wrong with it as you can eat it right away or you can use it in a salad with few other veges.

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  • Now, what if you harvest only 5-6 okra in a day and next ones would be ready for harvest only after a week. What would you do? All my south Indian readers are going – we will use in Sambar or in morkutaan!! 😉 😛 Well so if you can use a very little quantity of okra efficiently, go for it or else just reject it!

 

  • Similarly with beans – What if you harvested just 5-6 pods of french beans? You can probably use it in fried rice/vegetable pulav/Biryani.

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  • But what if you harvest just 5-6 pods of broad beans or cluster beans? How would you use them? Well I don’t have an idea so I would reject such veges. But if you know how to use them, go for it!!

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Now, before you decide to plant any particular vegetable, ask yourself, What would you do with an small harvest? Save yourself the pain of growing the veges and then not able to use them properly!! 🙂

Happy Gardening 🙂

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 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Your Garden does not need additional water!

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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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These are my top 5 water saving techniques. Please add your ideas in the comment section below!

Happy Gardening 🙂

 

 

 

No more Dripping!

It has been a huge concern for all the people staying in apartments/ flats/buildings – The water dripping from the pots! For those that are not worried about dripping .. it is about their Balcony and Terrace floor getting wet. I understand. But before I tell you some quick fix solutions, I want you to understand that the water that drains out, is excess water, which means you have been watering the plants in excess and you have to reduce the quantity of water.

Option 1: Use Trays – Very obvious I know but still many don’t use it.

Option 2: Use self-watering Pots – With Self watering Pots, you just need to water the plants once in a week. (Between 4-10 days). Excess water is stored and does not leak/drip.

Option 3: Use Bottles – I know I have spoken about it in my previous post but you can use this trick here as well. This one here is slightly different than yesterdays.

Option 4: Water them in intervals – Assume your plant needs 200 ml of water daily. So instead of watering it with 200 ml all at once, you can water 100 ml twice in a day or 70 ml thrice in a day. If this sounds very tedious, you can make use of drip irrigation as well.

Understanding the Water Requirements: Water requirements of plants depends on its size and the season. More water is required in Summer and very less in Monsoon. Also more the flowers and fruits, more the water requirement. Water holding capacity of the soil also makes a difference. Loam can hold more water than sandy soil. So all I want to tell you is observe the plants and soil while watering them. In a week or ten days, you’ll get a hang of it.

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Let’s Talk it Out!!

We discussed about creating and designing your Garden.. Now let’s examine all your apprehensions, concerns and issues related to Gardening!
Are you worried that the plants would dry up when you’re out on a business tour or vacation?
Are you worried about your relocation which is expected very soon?
Are you worried about water dripping through the pots?
Are you bothered that the plants might attract insects/pests?
Or is it about the water crunch that happens every summer?
Or is it about one of your not-so-good past experience?
What is it? Please leave your concerns in the comment section below. Together We will definitely find a solution!!