Petunias are here! 😀
The lovely, colorful, bright, cheerful Petunias are here! Once you have petunias in your garden, you can’t help but fall in love with them.
3 quick reasons why you should have petunias:
They come in various colors. They are perfect for adding different colors to your Garden!
They have multiple blooms at a time. Gives your garden the grandeur you have been searching for.
These plants have a tendency to fall or grow downwards, making them apt for hanging baskets.
They say petunias are both annuals and perennials, but I have seen only the annual ones. That means… new colors every year 😀 😀 😀
As I have said earlier, with annuals you can add sufficient compost while potting and just once throughout the life of the plant (or more if you feel necessary). Petunias will make digging around them difficult. So be sure to add compost while potting them.
Petunias love bright sun and don’t fare very well in the monsoons! So be sure to buy them after the monsoons!
Happy Gardening 🙂 🙂 🙂
Disclaimer: The images in this post don't belong to reemasgarden.com. I lost my Petunia pics.. sob..sob.. ;( ;( :(
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.
Happy Gardening 🙂
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.
Happy Gardening 🙂
Isn’t it bright and beautiful?
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.
Happy Gardening 🙂
Chrysanthemum also known as Guldaudi in Hindi or Shevanti in Marathi are beautiful flowers. They are known across the world for its cultural significance.
We here in India use them for worshiping. I remember my childhood days when chrysanthemums were synonymous with yellow flowers. Well… No more…. They are now available in more color combinations than you can imagine.
If you ever thought I don’t struggle with plants… LO… here you are… I am about to reveal one of my many secrets.. I am not very good with Chrysanthemums. Somehow I don’t get right. My plants don’t survive long or if they do survive, they don’t bloom. Sometimes it makes me wonder, has all that hybridization made chemical fertilizer an essential for them?? But this is just what I wonder… Prove me wrong! Grow these amazing flowers and send me pics and help me grow them 🙂 🙂 🙂
I can tell you what i know about chrysanthemums.. They love sunlight.. bright direct sunlight and that they need regular pruning. Pruning is really very very important for these little plants.
Happy Gardening 🙂
Kaner, known as Nerium oleander, is one of the toughest and drought resistant plants. The beautiful and fragrant yellow, pink, white flowers in bunches are what your garden needs the most 😉
We in India consider this plant very holy and flowers are offered to Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti. Religious points aside, few reasons why you should have Kaner in your Garden are:
They are very sturdy, strong and drought resistant.
Don’t need much care in respect of pruning.
Flowers are very beautiful and fragrant.
Available in many colors.
Available in single and double petal varieties.
Use big pots for planting these as they tend to grow quite tall. Add compost at regular intervals, say once in a month for initial 4 months and later on once every 45-60 days.
Caution: The flowers, fruits and roots of this plant are poisonous. Please do not consume any part of this plant.
Many people ask me what type of Pot/container should they use for gardening. What should be the size of pots? Should it be a plastic or clay(mud) pot?
So before we decide what should be the size of the pot, we should know what we are planting. In case you haven’t decided, there is only one way of deciding the best pot – THE BIGGER THE BETTER.
Second, it always beneficial to use one wider & bigger pot than two smaller pots! It better to get one rectangular pot as indicated in the image below (Right) and have multiple plants than have multiple single pots!!
Next big question – what material should it be comprised of? I do prefer the plastic ones. They have many advantages over the clay, mud or ceramic ones! They are light in weight, hence easy to carry and move. They are flexible, hence less chance of breakage. For the ones who would like to use recycled stuff for Pots and Containers, click here.
You can use smaller pots or recycled plastic bottles for growing herbs and leafy veges!!
Coriander at reemasgarden in a plastic water bottle.
Happy Gardening! 🙂
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! 🙂
When I realized that Mulching is the most undervalued Gardening practice, my quest for best mulching options began. I realized that there is nothing at par with dry leaves when it comes to mulching. During my search for dry leaves, I came across BROWN LEAF – a forum founded by Aditi Deodhar dedicated to stop the burning of dry leaves! What a beautiful concept I thought!
Dry leaves are often considered as waste or litter and are burnt away. This not only pollutes the atmosphere but is also a substantial loss for the environment as what comes from the soil should go back to the soil. Aditi was deeply moved by this method of dealing with Dry Leaves. She shares that when she started to advice the city sweepers against burning of these leaves, they started piling the leaves; to a point that they didn’t know what to do with the heaps of leaves. It was to address this issue that BROWN LEAF was born.
BROWN LEAF was founded by Aditi Deodhar in Feb 2016 in the city of Pune. BROWN LEAF adopts 3 way solution for dealing with Dry Leaves – Mulch, Compost & Donate. It now co-ordinates demand and supply of Dry leaves.
Brown Leaf on WGR
BROWN LEAF has a dedicated app wherein you can inform about the availability of excess Dry leaves in your area/locality/Streets which will be then coordinated to somebody who is in need of these leaves.
To know more about the organization you can visit their website, www.brownleaf.org
Aditi says, she wishes to replicate this model all over India where the dry leaves are burnt off! If you wish to take BROWN LEAF to your city or if you wish to know more you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Keep Mulching & Composting 🙂
Let’s discuss different types of crops here. How do you start studying about crops?
I found out the best and the easiest way – Have a look at your food plate!
Lets say for example you’re having a rice bowl (Pulav/Biryani/Fried Rice)
So now you know the main ingredient is rice. Then we make a list of all other ingredients that may have been used.
So each day we study one of the above ingredient. Let us first start with Rice. While a generalistic search on google or YouTube asking “how is paddy/rice grown” helps, its always better to know certain parameters within which such activities take place. The following is a suggestive list of questions that will help you study the crop.
- What category does the crop belong to – Cereals (Grains) or Pulses (Legumes) or Vegetables or Fruits or Herbs?
- In which season does the crop best grow?
- How much Rainfall or Irrigation is required by the crop?
- What is the best suitable region for growing this crop?
- What is the kind of soil required for growing this crop?
- What is the most suitable climate for growing this crop? (PS: Climate and Season are two different things; hence two different questions.)
- What kind of nutrients are required for growing this crop?
- What is best way to provide these nutrients to the crops?
- Does the crop require pollination?
- Is the crop prone to any disease or pest attack? If yes, what are the ways to fight them?
- How long is the crop cycle (period from sowing the seed to harvesting)?
- How is the crop harvested?
- What is the post-harvest processing technique?
- Lastly, how is it delivered to your place/super-market?
Its a great idea to google up the images or have a look at the video showing how the farming of actual crops is done. Perhaps it is also a great idea to visit a farm in the particular season if it is feasible.
The more crops you study on these lines, the more you realize that all the grains are, more or less, grown in a similar way. Also, you’ll know that all the legumes exhibit similar properties and growing methods. So is the case with Vegetables, fruits and herbs.
I hope the post helps!