Most of the edible things around our homes have an expiration or a use-by date. It’s how we know which ingredients are fresh and viable and which are not.  Just like that, so many other things have an expiration date as well. But have you ever thought about whether your seeds are one of those?…

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Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty. As we celebrate the 70th Independence day, let’s explore India’s real beauty that is depicted through these top 8 botanical gardens; that have stood the test of time and are still beautiful in every aspect. Botanical gardens are meant for research as well as recreation. In botanical…

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A respiratory disease that severely affects the lungs’ ability to function properly, asthma can be very difficult to handle. Most situations are complicated by medicines that are either widely not available or just a concoction of chemicals that may end up doing more harm than good. But did you know that there’s a way to…

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An Introduction to Bottle gourd: Scientifically Bottle gourd is known as Lagenaria siceraria and belongs to Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family). It is also known as Calabash, and in India, it is popularly known as Lauki. It is a well known and widely cultivated fruiting vegetable in Indian subcontinent & around the world. Bottle gourd plant is…

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Gardening is a hobby, art, a passion and the best way to express gratitude to Mother Nature. It teaches you patience, love and compassion. The best part of gardening is that you can start it irrespective of time and age. If your sibling loves gardening, then this blog Best Gifting Ideas for Gardeners this Rakshabandhan…

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The terrace garden is an urban feature. In modern times, homes with compounds, lawns and yards are extinguishing. In cities and towns, skyscrapers are replacing such homes. As a result, the private home gardens are vanishing, and the only places left for gardening are roofs, terraces and balconies. With provisions of adequate water supply and…

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Marigolds are one of the most popular garden annuals in India, for garden display as well as for commercial cultivation. Botanically Marigolds belong to genus Tagetes of Family Asteraceae (the Aster family). They have easy adaptability to different soil and climatic conditions. Marigold plants, with their attractive yellow-orange flowers, bloom for a considerably extended period,…

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Layering is the method of inducing roots on the stem while it is still attached to a plant; & then cutting it once the roots are formed for further transplantation. The objective of layering is same as that of stem cuttings i.e. for clonal propagation of plants. The only difference is that root induction in…

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Plant propagation is an important practice in gardening. Surprisingly, the most popular method of raising new plants is not seed sowing; but stem cutting. Stem cutting is a vegetative way of plant propagation. This quickest and simplest way of cloning a plant is the cheapest and the most convenient method. In stem cutting method new…

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Plants prepare their food by the process of photosynthesis. In this process, plants use sunlight, carbon dioxide & water. Therefore, photosynthesis covers 95% of the plant’s food requirement. Plants require oxygen for respiration, just like we do. However, to stay healthy plants need basic nutrients, supplementary nutrients & micronutrients. Basic nutrients: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P),…

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“Love is an orchid which thrives principally on hot air.” – By an American author, Myrtle Reed Orchids are among the most beautiful flowers. Bringing them home could be like adding a gem to your miniature garden. Growing them is addictive as well as very tricky. If you are alien to the concept, we have…

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Undoubtedly, visiting a garden is one of the most refreshing and healing things that you can do. The bright colours, fragrances and flourishing life have the ability to heal our soul and make us feel joys that we have seldom felt. This is the reason so many of us choose to have a home garden…

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In India, even if you aren’t a gardener or haven’t had much experience with plants, you still would have heard about the money plant. Every neighbor, relative, friend and acquaintance with even a slightly green thumb will attest to the fact that this is often the first plant they bring home. Another popular name for…

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Monsoon season marks the renewal of dynamic growth in perennial garden plants. As the plants begin to awaken from their dormant period, it is a good time to repot old established plants. When plant roots run around the inside of the pot, the plant gets pot bound; then it is time to pot on the…

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Bitter Gourd information: The Scientific name of Bitter Gourd is Momordica charantia, and it belongs to Family Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family). It is sometimes referred as Bitter Melon. Popularly known as Karela in India. Bitter gourd is a slender creeper trained on a trellis with dark green or greenish white oval fruits with blunt tubercles tapering…

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A unhealthy, weak and sick looking plant is not always result of diseases and infections. The symptoms of nutrient deficiency can be similar to the symptoms of viral or bacterial diseases. Let’s have a look at importance of basic nutrients(NPK), supplementary nutrients and micronutrients (trace elements) and their deficiency symptoms. Nitrogen deficiency: The deficiency of…

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What is peat moss? The peat moss belongs to the genus Sphagnum with hundreds of known species. This Sphagnum moss is a temperate non flowering plant found in countries of northern and southern hemisphere. The dry sphagnum moss or peat moss has mass of light fibers which is extremely useful in horticulture and gardening for…

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It’s a well-known fact that our planet is incredibly beautiful and diverse.  There are large spans of landscapes that differ from region to region and offer something unique to our adventurous senses. You’ve also heard about all the wonders of the world, how they were built, their stories and why they are important even today. But…

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In sprawling cities, struggling for space, a flat dweller hardly gets any place for the conventional type of gardening. For such urban gardeners, the alternatives are hanging baskets, bottle gardening, tray landscaping and miniature gardening. Miniature gardens are attraction points these days in various plant exhibitions and flower shows. What is Miniature Gardening? Miniature gardening…

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India is rich in plant diversity. During summer, some of the best tropical fruits are available in India. Most of these fruits are formed on a naturally growing wild, native Indian trees in cities, villages, and forest. Many of these fruits are cultivated in farms, orchards and home gardens.  Let’s have a look at top…

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5th June is World Environment Day, the United Nations principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since four decades, World Environment Day has been celebrated to raise awareness and drive change. The theme for 2017 World Environment Day is ‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city, on…

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Are you ready to move from being a beginner or a home garden enthusiast to a passionate gardener who knows exactly what’s going on in their garden? Of course, it starts with picking a good variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers that will ensure that there’s enough diversity. Then there’s knowing what tool you need…

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Every plant loves the sun. It’s what nourishes them, helps them grow and bloom and blossom into what they are meant to be. But too much of sunlight is hazardous. That’s because, just like people, plants can experience sunburn too. And, also just like it is for people, this is a pretty unpleasant experience for…

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Syngonium is quick growing, ornamental foliage plant with trailing habit, suitable for small pots and trellises. Syngonium is commonly called ‘Arrowhead’ plant because its leaves are sagittate (like an arrowhead) or three cut and mostly variegated. Belonging to family Araceae, Syngonium podophyllum is the most popular species of arrowhead plant, widely used in gardening. There…

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What is digging? Digging in gardening is equivalent to ploughing in agriculture. Soil digging is the most essential and primary activity of land preparation for gardening. Good digging makes the soil porous, improves the drainage, and removes obstacles from the plant’s roots. All hard objects such as boulders, stones, roots of trees, etc. weeds, as…

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Spider plants, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum, are one of the most common and well-known houseplants in the world. Why? Because they are very easy to grow and maintain and even develop tiny white flower blossoms on their arching stems as they mature. Their olivine clusters of thin, spindly leaves are unique and beloved by…

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Agriculture land covers about 40 % of the world’s area. The excessive use of poisonous chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides have taken a toll on mother earth by creating environmental imbalance and health hazards on humans and animals. If you are into farming, you have an important role to play in the conservation of natural resources….

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Naturally developed medicines are fast becoming the way of modern healing. They have barely any side effects, can be grown and harvested from the comfort of your home, aren’t very expensive and are proving to be very effective. A recent focus of this naturally developed medicine has been towards improving the heart’s health by lowering…

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Selection of right ornamental plants is essential in landscape gardening. Gardeners often focus on selecting plants with colorful flowers, size, shape and pattern of foliage but tend to overlook the ‘Texture’ of a plant or any other garden feature. The texture in landscape designing: The texture – surface character of the garden unit is important…

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What is Leaf Mould? Leaf mould is an organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is a well-decayed mixture of leaves, grass softwood, lawn mowing and any other plant material. Unlike regular compost which is a product of bacterial decomposition, Leaf mould is produced primarily by the fungal breakdown of leaves. It contains humus which promotes…

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The lawn is a primary feature for home ground development and an essential feature for any other type of garden, like a green carpet for a landscape. In a home garden, a good lawn improves the appearance of the house, enhances its beauty, increases conveniences, and usefulness thus adding the monetary value to the property….

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Summer is also a good season for vegetable gardening. Veggies that like to grow under full sunshine, enjoy long days & warm climate, thrive well in harsh Indian summer. The good thing about summer vegetables is that the same ones can be continued in monsoon season as well. Check if your garden is ready for summer. Let’s…

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Sunflower is an annual plant, that grows with big, daisylike flower. It is tall and course, has creeping or tuberous roots and large, bristly leaves. Some sunflower varieties grow to over 16 feet in height while the dwarf varieties thrive well in small spaces and containers. Most sunflowers are heat and drought tolerant. They also…

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Mango season is here. It is a joyful time for all mango lovers, as they will be getting to taste the king of fruits. However, if you are mango grower, you must know it takes a lot of effort, planning, timing and technique in harvesting these mangoes from the tree. Whether you have a single…

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Creating a layout of vegetable garden & planning your veggies according to the season is an important task for any gardener. Summer is the best time to start fresh. All ornamental plants, vegetable crops, herbs and fruiting trees can be planned in this season. You will have to make a garden layout according to the…

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Malabar Spinach is scientifically known as Basella alba and belongs to the Basellaceae family. It is available in – Green and Red varieties. The stem of the Basella alba is green and the stem of the cultivar Basella alba ‘Rubra’ is reddish-purple; the leaves of both the species are green. Malabar Spinach is very healthy…

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What are hedges? Hedges can be defined as the line of closely planted trees and shrubs that are grown in a way to form barriers in order to demarcate boundaries between two properties. For example hedges separate roads from fields, or one field from another. Hedges with larger trees are known as hedge grows. A…

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If there is any organic product for plants which has all the goodness of nature, that is Vermicompost. It is the most widely used organic fertilizer by seasoned gardeners. Along with curiosity, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding properties and uses of vermicompost among hobby gardeners. Let’s address the top 10 frequently asked questions regarding the application…

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Chives are perennial members of the onion family and are loaded with Vitamins A and C. Like various herbs they are plush with therapeutic properties. A powerful antioxidant, this herb protects your body from free radical damage. It is also an age-old anti-cold and flu remedy that can be included in everyday meals. Grow Chives in…

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Which is an all time fruiting tree that requires minimum effort to grow in very little space in super quick time? That would be Papaya.  Papaya is a tropical fruiting plant with ornamental foliage. Botanically known as Carica papaya belonging to family caricaceae. A plant laden with dark green fruit, pale green and leafless trunk,…

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Today, we all are leading a fast paced life. With the timer running on all our activities, how can one dedicate himself to creating a beautiful garden? Even people with an unending love for gardening end up saying that they do not have time to take care of plants and hence cannot garden. For all…

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For a beautiful garden, only planting flowering and foliage plants is not enough. In a garden, several ornaments, and necessities should be provided to make it look more ornamental and useful. The beautiful hardscaping features, when used along with garden plants, make a garden complete. Let’s have a look at some of the most classic…

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Inquisitive gardeners have created inventive gardening methods and products that are not only good for us bust also beneficial for our plants. With these “7 Advantages of Self-watering Containers Every Gardener Must Know” you will explore and understand how you can save water, keep your plants moist and healthy and have a flourishing green garden…

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Bonsai making is the art of aesthetic dwarfing of woody and semi-woody trees and shrubs in a shallow pan or container. The word bonsai comes from the Japanese language, “bon – tray” or shallow bowl and “sai – a plant”, so literally, it means planting in the tray. By planting the trees in shallow containers,…

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Trees are considered as ‘Lungs of Earth’. They are the biological entities with a perennial, tall, and conspicuous trunk. Evergreen, large trees serve as natural air conditioners especially in hot and dry climate, by lowering down temperatures of surroundings through transpiration. A careful planting of trees enhances the beauty of surroundings and brings the change…

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Extreme summer is here with average temperatures reaching nearly 40 degrees Celsius. When the mercury rises so high, your prime focus should be on protecting the already existing garden plants from the scorching heat & making your garden ready for the upcoming monsoon season. Following are some important gardening activities to do in summer: Soil…

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Holi is the day to express love with colors, and we want to keep it that way. Artificial Holi colors available in the market are made from chemicals. These chemicals can have dangerous effects on our skin, right from allergic reactions to rashes & skin irritation. There are some horror stories about how artificial colors…

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You’ve probably come across a neighbour’s garden with an excellent twisting grape plant and wondered if you could ever do that yourself. Well, the easy answer is that of course, you can! Grapes are relatively easy to grow in most climates and come in a variety of types that suit different regions. The grapes can…

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Summer may not be such a pleasant time for us, but there are so many plants that bloom wonderfully in scorching heat & direct sunlight of Indian summer. These are seasonal flowering plants that are herbaceous in nature. Summer annuals are known for their bright coloured spectacular flowers, excellent for pot gardens & flower beds….

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If you think about it, there’s more than one way to get a colorful garden. Sure, you could just grow amazingly bright flowers and fruits, but there’s one other thing you can do to add some real vibrancy to your garden. You can attract a myriad of pollinators! They will not only light up your…

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Amaranths are a popular group of plants, botanically known as genus ‘Amaranthus’ of Family ‘Amaranthaceae’. Amaranths are mostly erect annual herbs or short-lived perennials. Approximately 60 species are recognised, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple, through red and green to gold. Amaranth can be grown throughout the year in India. It grows well in…

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A garden path beside being functional provides a suitable surface for walking; it can be a piece of beauty & an architectural feature in itself.  Garden paths should be used as few as possible and should run from one point to another direct in a few bold, graceful & gentle sloping curves. Trails in straight…

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