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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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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Pot Your Own Plant!

One mistake you can never afford is letting someone else (Probably the maali or Gardner) pot your plant. The biggest secret of a long lasting healthy garden is potting your own plant. 

But before I tell you how to pot your plant, let me tell you, why you need to pot your plant. All the plants in the nursery are fed with tons of chemical fertilizers so that they keep blooming constantly, thereby attracting the customers and soaring the sales. Now when the gardener pots your plant he has already made his sale and is least bothered as to what he is putting in the pot. He just adds some stones and gravels in the bottom, places the plant and covers the remaining area with any type soil that is available with him. No wonder, after a few days, your plant first stops blooming, then falls sick and eventually dies.

Potting your Plant will help you ensure your plant receives optimum nutrition and stays healthy.

I’ll be talking about how to Pot your Plant in the upcoming 11 day series of Lets Design Your Garden starting 21st July 2017!

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Happy Gardening! 🙂

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MULCHING

Mulching is nothing but covering the soil around the plants with dried leaves/grass or coco peat. Such a covering stops water from getting evaporated and helps to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching is very beneficial in the winter and summer season.

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After sometime the leaves start decaying and get converted into compost. This improves the fertility and health of soil.

Mulching also reduces the weed growth around the plants thereby saving all the nutrients in the soil just for the plant.

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Mulching is ideal for slightly bigger plants. You can also mulch the soil around bigger plants by planting smaller plants around them. This may not add to the fertility of soil but it definitely help to retain the moisture in the soil and reduce the weed growth.

Composting – 3

Some Dos and Don’ts :

  1. Maintain the Air and Moisture level in the compost bin : Adding more of green waste increases the moisture and thereby a possibility of stink and insects. However a correct level of moisture ensures that there is no stink. The microbes (bacteria) need air (oxygen) in the process of decomposing. Unavailability of air (oxygen) slows down the process. Hence it is advisable to stir the entire contents twice a week once the compost bin is 50% full.
  2. If you are covering the compost bin please ensure that the cover has holes in it for ventilation. You can also tie a cloth for covering the bin.
  3. If there is a lack of dry leaves and surplus of kitchen waste; you can dry the kitchen waste in sunlight for a day or two and then add it to the compost bin.IMG-20160825-WA0023
  4. All the materials added to the compost should be finely chopped/crushed.
  5. Put uncooked waste only (at least in the initial stage till you get familiar with composting).
  6. Egg shells are fine but do not add any meat.
  7. Avoid putting any kind of seeds in the compost.
  8. Do not add any citric fruits like lemon to the compost. (I’ll write about other ways in which you can use these citric fruits)
  9. It is advisable to add some ready organic compost to the compost bin as this ready compost contains bacteria culture. This will ensure the speedy conversion of the waste into compost.

Composting – 2

The most awaited article of the season : How to make compost ?

Kindly note that following is a procedure for making compost on a small scale. If you have a farm or if you need to start composting on a large scale please contact me here.

Take a huge container (something like an old bucket or a tub or a big cardboard box)

Let’s start layering the container.

Start filling the first 25% of the container with dried leaves or any other carbon rich organic matter.

Fill the next 10% with kitchen waste. As discussed earlier the kitchen waste is a good source of Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorous, magnesium and Calcium.

Again fill the next 25% with dry waste/dry leaves/sawdust

Fill the next 10% with kitchen waste.

And fill the last layer with dry waste/dry leaves.

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Now if you have analyzed you will notice that 80% of the container contains dry waste (carbon) and only 20% contains wet waste. The reason behind this is :

  1. The elements are required in these proportions.
  2. More of wet waste might stink during the decaying process. It may also attract some small insects and mosquitoes. In order to avoid that we add more of carbon especially on the top most layer.
  3. The dry leaves are very fluffy and bulge up but once you add kitchen waste on top of it, it will go on compressing.

What is wrong with my plant?

IMG_20160428_101316I have been asked by many of my readers as to what is wrong with their plant because the

  • The plant does not have flowers or the flowers wither before blooming
  • The plant got infected or there are white spots visible on the plant
  • The plant looks unhealthy and is drying up very quickly

To solve the above problems we will have to first identify their causes:

Whenever you buy plants from any plant nursery/ seller, please understand that those plants have been supplemented with lots of chemical fertilizers. It is because of these chemical fertilizers that you see those wonderful flowers blooming and many a buds on the plant. The effect of these chemical fertilizers stays for about 1-3 months. Now what happens once you have bought these plants:

  1. The chemical fertilizers have killed all the microbes present in the soil. The soil is now devoid of any nutrients.
  2. To this plant you have not added any fertilizer/compost.
  3. With no nutrients available, the plant first stops flowering. Then slowly it develops a weak immunity to resist pests and other diseases.
  4. The plant either gets infected or it just dries up.

SOLUTION:

Once you have bought the plant, immediately while potting it, add Organic Compost to it. For initial 6 months keep adding compost, every month, to the soil. Once you have added organic compost for 6 months the soil has abundant supply of nutrients. You will see the plant flowering as well as being healthy. It will now have a very strong immune system and it will fight any pest on its own. You will not need any pesticide or insecticide. After 6 months you can add compost once in 2 months and then gradually after a year, once in 3 months. I sincerely request you, please do not use any chemical fertilizers for your plant!

I hope this answers your questions. If not, please do contact me here.

UNDERSTANDING STRESS

cropped-dsc00532.jpgLike any being on this planet, plants too have three major requirements:

  1. Air
  2. Water
  3. Nutrients

All of the above should be available to the plant in the soil. I repeat, the SOIL should contain adequate amount of air, water and nutrients for the roots to absorb and grow.

Inadequacy of any of these leads to STRESS thereby resulting in a not-so-healthy plant. Hence it is a gardener’s prime duty to ensure that the plants receive all of these. This can be ensured only when one understands and studies the types of soil thoroughly.

Don’t worry!! I had assured you that I’ll not be using any technical terms nor will I get too deep into the technicalities! The following is a simplified version of soil study!

Soil is majorly classified into three categories:

  1. Clay soil
  2. Sandy soil
  3. Loam soil

This is a simplified classification. The rest of the soil types are nothing but different proportions of clay, sand and silt!!

Going 100% Organic

By Organic, I mean 0% use of any chemicals. Making our garden chemical-free. Chemicals are mainly used in fertilizers and pesticides.

I believe in going 100% natural i.e. organic. I will be explaining in detail about organic compost and composting techniques in my upcoming articles.

We will now understand what happens when we use chemical fertilizers:

Chemical fertilizers once mixed with the soil do give the desired output. However they destroy the microbial ecosystem (microbes and other organic life like insects and fungi) that live within the soil. With destruction of the organic life, the soil slowly turns impotent and becomes dependent on these chemical fertilizers forever.

From the plants’ perspective, growing in such chemically treated soil, the plants develop a very weak immune system and are not in a position to resist pests! They get affected immediately by the pests and diseases!! To protect such weak plants from pests they are further sprayed with hazardous chemical pesticides and insecticides. These pesticides along with killing the pests also kill the honeybees and other useful insects that help in pollination.

Going 100% organic is the first step towards sustainable living. With growing awareness, there are lot of organic manure and pesticide available in the market. We can easily use these instead of the chemical ones. In my upcoming articles, I’ll be discussing in detail about composting and fighting pests in an organic way!!