Does the word Salsa ring any bells? Be it the cha-cha-cha dance form or the bright, fresh and smooth melange of tomato, onion, jalapeno, with cilantro and lime juice – it is cherishable. What if you could create a salsa theme garden? Imagine walking into salty, savory, and fresh flavors every day and having the…

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Did you know that nature highlights different nutrients in plants with different colors? By consuming fruits and vegetables of various colors, you can provide your body with all the required vitamins and minerals. Thus, by consuming an edible rainbow, you could become healthy. To prepare your “Rainbow diet plate,” it is important to know what…

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In our flamboyant Indian Culture, the Gods have their favorite days, flowers and colors. Without these scared flowers, any ritual is considered incomplete. As we are about to step in the festive season, let’s first understand – Hindu Gods & their Favorite Flowers: 1. Goddess Lakshmi: Goddess Lakshmi is known to bring abundance and good…

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Since 70’s, Guerrilla Gardeners have been using Seed Bombs. They use to toss them into vacant cities and convert it into lush green landscapes. What are Seed Bombs? Simply put, Seed Bombs are a blend of soil and seeds that makes it incredibly easy to distribute seeds and bring flowers to unexpected and wasted areas….

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All garden plants are prone to infestation by pests and diseases. The key is early detection and immediate action. Infestation can be controlled by using harmful insecticides and pesticides. However, spraying chemicals should be avoided as much as possible, and preventive measures should be used to get rid of pests and diseases. Prevention is better…

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A garden loaded with vegetables and fruits is every gardener’s dream come true. Post growing, harvesting and storing the juicy and crispy crop is a significant deal. Thus, it is said that harvesting is an art and every gardener must master it. If you follow the right harvesting techniques, you will not only savor what…

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The homegrown salad is a dream of every fitness freak. Imagine plucking and savoring juicy tomatoes; sun kissed carrots, nutrient dense broccoli, peas, and beans from your backyard or the windowsill. For this you do not need an extensive yard; all you require is the green thumb and few containers, seeds, veggie mix and a…

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From pruning to sowing, there is some activity or the other that you need to be conducted in the garden. Hence, we have divided these tips keeping in mind different types of yards and gardens. From vegetable garden to an extensive greenhouse we have covered everything here. Also, we have mentioned vegetables, flowers and fruits…

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What are bulbs? Botanically, Bulb is a specialized plant organ, which is a modification of stem with scaly leaves. In bulbs, the stem is reduced to a disc around which fleshy leaf scales remain attached. The word ‘Bulb’; in commercial horticulture and gardening means much more than the strict botanical interpretation. Besides bulbs, this includes…

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It is often said that life is a collection of random occurrences and events. And within these random events, there are many chances that we may actually get injured or hurt. So, it’s always prudent to have some helpful medication on hand. The best kind of wound care is done with natural remedies. If you…

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Amidst all the Dhol, Tasha, Modaks and carousel, have you ever thought what Ganesha seeks from His devotees? The Lord of Obstacle Remover does love the festive fervor, the demonstration of faith and unshakable devotion; but he certainly does not appreciate all the noise and water pollution that follows. Do you want to be a…

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In Ganesh festival, there is a ritual of offering 21 Patri (leaves) to Lord Ganesh during Ganesh puja. This is a time of the year in India when there is greenery everywhere. Most of the plants used in Ganesh ‘patris’ are common household names, and some of them are rare. Earlier all the women in…

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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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