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..Β 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! πŸ™‚

 

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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.

okra

  • 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!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› 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.

french beans

  • 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!!

Indian-Bean-Harvested

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!! πŸ™‚

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

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.

mulching

#2 Use Fresh Cow-dung:Β 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.

mopping

#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.

washing clothes

#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.

veges

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

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

 

 

 

“PLAN”t Your Garden!!

Before creating a Garden, it is very essential that we ask ourselves, what type of Garden do we want? A lot of time things go wrong only because we do not have a definite idea as to which type of Garden we are about to set up.

To decide which type of Garden you want to set up, you’ll have to take into consideration the following aspects:

  • Your likes and preferences
  • Area available for Gardening
  • Climate and Season
  • Availability of Sunlight
  • Amount of time you are willing to dedicate for Maintenance

A type of Garden is important because it tells us:

  • Which type of plants we will be planting
  • Which type of containers will we require to grow these plants

A few examples of different types of Garden are:

  • Aesthetic Garden
  • Kitchen/Vegetable Garden
  • Medicinal Garden
  • Perennial flowering Garden
  • Seasonal flowering Garden
  • Indoor Garden
  • Nocturnal Garden

Every type has further sub-types to it. For example, you decide to set up a vegetable garden. The next question is which type of vegetable garden?

  • Is it going to be leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek, Dill, etc or
  • Are you going to set up stem and root veges like potato, onion, radish, carrot, etc Β or
  • Will you be having Climbers and Creepers like gourds and peas or
  • All of them.

So the point I am trying to make is, You should have a definite idea as to which Garden are you setting up!

Once you have decided on this, we can go our next segment, i.e Garden Arena!

If you need any help on deciding the type of Your Garden, contact me here.