The concept of Astral Garden or Nakshatra Udyan is well known and it is practiced in various public gardens and nature parks of India. It is a perfect combination of Astrology, Ayurveda, Botany & Landscaping. According to Indian Mythology, each and every individual has some astral tree of their own. The astral tree is decided…

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Rosemary plant is an evergreen perennial shrub with aromatic needle-like leaves. Its Scientific name is Rosmarinus officinalis, and it belongs to the same botanical family of Mint & Basil i.e. Lamiaceae. In Hindi Rosemary is called as ‘Gulmehendi’ (गुलमेहेंदी). It is available in multiple varieties all over the world. Rosemary Sunlight Requirement: This hardy plant…

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Indian winter is the best season to grow a variety of vegetables in your kitchen garden. This growing season is also known as the Rabi season. In fact, some vegetables in India are only grown as Rabi crops. Let’s peek at some of the best vegetables that can be grown during the winter in India:…

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Green is the color of nature, green is a way of living, in this new wave of green movement; can our good old garden manure be green?  The answer is yes; that too quite literally! Organic farming is the need of the hour & green manure is a perfect organic counterpart of nitrogen rich fertilizers….

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Post holidays and festivities here we are back with our ‘Let’s grow’ series. Today we are going to explore the procedure of growing our very favorite Dill plant. Dill is classified as an annual that features feathery leaves and clusters of tiny yellow-green flowers. It grows up to a tentative height of 4 ft (1.2…

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Whether you’re cooking an elaborate dinner or a simple meal for one, leaving behind a messy kitchen will always be in the back of your mind. This is especially problematic if you have to peel garlic. Yes, it adds tremendous amounts of flavor, but it often takes a lot of effort to peel garlic and…

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Fenugreek is a very popular Indian herb. Its leaves are used as vegetable & seeds as a spice. It has a strong aroma & unique bitter flavor. Locally known as Methi, its botanical name is Trigonella foenum-graecum. It belongs to the Fabaceae family (Leguminous plants). Famous Indian spice ‘Kasoori Methi’ is dry leaves of another…

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A garden brimming with colorful flowers like Chrysanthemum is every gardener’s delight. A winter garden would be incomplete without these perennials often called ‘mums.’ Is your garden Winter ready? Chrysanthemum is also known as ‘Glory of the east’. It is one of the most widely cultivated garden flowers & ranks probably next to Rose in…

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Indian culture has many traditions that go back further than most people know. To this very day, they are a part of our everyday lives, and they continue to affect our lifestyles. It’s often the case of living with one foot in the past and one foot in the present. However, it is so important…

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Tulsi or Tulasi is scientifically known as Ocimum tenuiflorum belonging to botanical family Lamiaceae (Mint family). Also known as ‘Holy basil’, this ancient aromatic-medicinal plant has dozens of other common names in local Indian languages. Tulsi is a perennial erect shrub; its leaves & every other plant parts are loaded with aromatic essential oils. Tulsi…

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Flowerbed is arguably the most beautiful part of a garden. Herbaceous Seasonal flowering annuals are planted in flower beds. Annuals provide a spectacular display of color in the garden; as they thrive best in the open ground & look natural. To develop & maintain good looking flowerbeds one needs to follow & practice certain cultural…

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Asters are easy to grow daisy-like perennials that offer beauty to a garden. Perennial Asters are also known as ‘Michaelmas Daisy’. These star-shaped flowers are rewarding in every sense. They are available in more than 600 varieties. Some are less than a foot tall while others are two feet tall and look stunning as cut…

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Diwali is the festival of lights and colors that brings happiness and prosperity to many. People come out of their homes and burst crackers as a symbol of joy. Unfortunately, lack of precautions lead to mishappenings causing accidents, burns, and bruises. The minor burns can be cured by home remedies and heal on their own….

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‘A plant with strong roots laughs at storms.’ We all know that the basic function of roots is anchoring in the ground and absorbing water & nutrients from the soil. However, many of our popular vegetables are modified roots that have adopted the function of food storage & propagation as well. No kitchen garden is…

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Diwali is the festival of light. It is the darkest and deepest night of the year. It is on this night that India glitters.  All Indian festivals are historically in line with seasonal agricultural activities. By this time of the year, Indian farmers would have sold their last season’s agricultural produce in the market. And…

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Historically many exotic vegetables eventually became an integral part of local cuisines & got popularized more than the local varieties. In India, currently, vegetables that are referred as exotic have been introduced in the last few decades. Some of these vegetables are not yet household names, while some of them are slowly gaining popularity. Still,…

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The flowers: Colorful & fragrant, exude the joy of life. The most popular type of home gardens in India is annuals i.e. those which are raised from seeds, grow, bloom, seed & exhaust themselves during a season. These seasonal flowering plants have the advantage of a tremendous variety of color, size & form. They occupy…

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There’s just something simple and elegant about being able to grab a herb of your choice, whether that’s thyme, basil, oregano, chives, etc. right in your kitchen. No more visiting the store even though need only a few leaves to garnish and having to watch the rest just waste away. Yes, there’s something really amazing…

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Diwali is just around the corner, and preparations for it have probably begun at your home. One has to clean up every nook and corner of the house, go out shopping for new clothes (yay!), invite guests and relatives to stay for the long weekend, prepare a bevy of yummy traditional sweets, arrange for puja…

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The festival of lights or Diwali is probably the most awaited family celebration of the year. Neighbourhood after neighbourhood is lit up as brightly as possible, poised and ready to welcome happiness and prosperity. Of course, the official puja has already begun with the Navratri and Dussehra starts the 20-day countdown to Diwali. At this…

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When you think about it, a home garden definitely needs to have some spice to go along with everything that’s nice! A healthy growth of peppers is exactly what you need to bring a bit more zip and tanginess into your garden. And the greatest part is that they aren’t too difficult to grow either!…

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While cultivating a home garden, we have to face many limitations and problems because not everyone will have the perfect outdoor conditions. One of the biggest things that can actually stump you or even discourage you from growing any plants is the lack of sunlight. After all, sunlight is what nurtures the plants, feeds them…

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Winter in India is the most delightful season of gardening. Cold climate, dry air, clear blue skies & pleasant sunlight are perfect for growing all kind of vegetables & flowering plants. If you wish to make the most of this season, your garden place should be ready for it well in advance. Fortunately, you have…

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The Bougainvillea is a tropical and vibrant flower that can add a little more color, beauty, and exoticness to your garden. It is a vine plant that climbs trellises and walls and creates a ‘living wall‘ feature in the garden. It also blooms for most of the year, and so your effort will be there…

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Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami is one of the most important Indian festivals. On the eve of Dussehra, multiple ancient historical events occurred, that marked the victory of truth over evil. The victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura, Victory of Ram over Ravan, the end of Pandava’s exile & much more significantly positive things…

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The branch of systematically growing fruiting trees is called ‘Pomology.’ Mango, Guava, Fig, Papaya, Chikoo, Coconut, Banana, Custard Apple, Orange, sweet lime, etc. are some of the commonly cultivated fruits in India.  Most of the famous fruiting plants are of tree habit. Once planted, the fruiting trees keep producing the fruits seasonally for many years….

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In a diverse and flourishing garden environment, you can often find some varieties of plant like fruits, flowers, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, creepers, etc. that would be the sign of not only a bountiful garden, but also a discerning gardener who believes in going that extra mile. But there is one other type of plant that…

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Corn or Maize is scientifically known as Zea mays, an economically significant grass species. Maize is a major cash crop in the agriculture sector. It is considered as a source of staple food in many countries. Some of the biggest food industries in the world are dependent on fresh corns, baby corns, maize grains, corn…

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The most common yet most terrifying problem that a home gardener faces is an infestation of mealy bugs. The first onset in usually pretty slow and you won’t even notice your plants going bad until one day when they do, and you wouldn’t have even seen it coming. Is there any way to defend against…

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According to dieticians and health experts, each adult must consume 300 gm of vegetables per day.  125 gm leafy vegetables, 100 gm roots/tubers & 75 gm of fruiting vegetables. Vegetables are the only affordable & natural source of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants. These ‘protective foods’ ensure human health & overall physical well-being. Vegetables are an…

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Starting something from scratch can be daunting, you never know how much effort you have to put in and when your efforts will bear fruit. When it comes to home gardens, nowadays, most people prefer transplanting already cultivated plants as this saves some time and effort and also ensures that you already have some beautiful…

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One of the earliest vegetables to be discovered, Peas were the staple food for Greeks and Romans. They continue to be common to most households because of their flexibility while being cooked. They are also very common to home gardens because they are quite easy to grow and require little attention after being planted. Have…

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The wonderful thing about a home garden project or any home project is that you have a lot of room to try out all the exciting ideas. It gives you the opportunity to let your creativity flow and bring out the most imaginative DIY projects that you have always wanted to execute. Terrariums are a…

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Hibiscus is a large genus of flowering plants with hundreds of species belonging to botanical family Malvaceae (mallow). Among these, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis is the most widely cultivated flowering shrub in gardens. It is known by many common names viz. ‘Shoe flower,’ ‘China Rose,’ ‘Jaswand,’ ‘Gurhal’ etc. Hibiscus is a handsome bushy shrub that can grow…

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There are many reasons to have a thriving home garden. You could do it as a mere hobby, maybe something to impress the neighbors, perhaps for the love of fresh ingredients or maybe just because it challenges you to do better. A positive side effect of any of these reasons is that you’re actively working…

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French beans are traditional bush bean cultivated variety of common bean plant botanically known as Phaseolus vulgaris, belonging to the family Fabaceae (Leguminous plants). Instead of actual beans (seeds), the whole unripe green fruit (pod) is eaten as a vegetable. Belonging to the category of ‘Green beans’ that are known for the fleshiness, flavor, or…

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If you’re interested in growing your food or if you’ve been maintaining a home garden for some time, then you surely have wondered about growing mushrooms. They aren’t your typical backyard garden plant and usually are grown indoors or in containers. However, raising them for food is an excellent option as they are low in…

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Nature can be stranger than fiction. The plant world is full of mysteries. Certain plant species have unusual appearance; these plants look odd, strange, and bizarre. Such plants are grown in the garden as ‘specimen plants’ because they quickly catch our attention due to their unusual yet attractive looks. Let’s explore the strange species of…

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Okra, popularly known as ‘Lady Finger’ due to its distinct shape of pods, is a favorite fruiting vegetable in India. The Scientific name of this delicious green vegetable is Abelmoschus Esculentus, & it belongs to Family Malvaceae (Hibiscus or Mallow family). Although Okra is a summer vegetable, it is cultivated in India throughout the year….

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When you think of hydrangeas, you immediately get a picture of beautiful bold colors like blue, white, pink, red, etc. adorning your garden in thriving clusters. They manage to give a garden characteristic while making it seem alive and flourishing. Their broad flower heads garner attention no matter where they grow and set your garden…

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Whether you are growing ornamentals or vegetables, your garden plants are always prone to insect infestations, particularly in monsoon season. Remember, not all insects are pests; in fact, many of them are beneficial to plants in different ways. But the insects that are well-known pests can have a nasty impact on your Hibiscus, Roses, Tomatoes,…

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It is said that gardening in the monsoon is unlike any other home gardening experience. You can either be fighting the choices of exploring and selecting the best practices, or you could use these tips and tricks to not only get you through the rainy season but also to help you add a whole new…

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Ferns are extremely handsome because of their elegant leaves and lovely range of colors. They are widely useful for different purposes in a garden. These evergreen, non-flowering shrubs are most popular houseplants in the world. These decorative, ornamental plants look best when planted in the following ways: 1. Indoor pots: Ferns grow well in different…

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What’s blooming on your flower beds this monsoon? Seasonal flowering annuals are quick growing herbaceous plants which complete their life cycle in one season i.e. 3-6 months. They tend to produce some of the most beautiful, attractive, colourful flowers while they last. These are perfect for outdoor flower beds & pots kept in sunny spots….

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It’s entirely possible that you’ve already availed the benefits of composting for your garden, and you may even know how the entire process works with the help of microbes and macrobes. It involves breaking down of organic waste matter in an accelerated decomposition process to produce nutrient humus that is good for the soil. The…

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Home gardens love variety, whether that relates to the type of flowers and fruits you plant or the type of garden itself. One much-favored way to create something different in a home garden is the ‘Living Wall’ or the vertical garden. A beautiful vertical garden can often be the hint of diversity that you need….

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Can we grow climbers indoors? Yes!!!! Many beautiful indoor plants of climbing nature grow very well in pots with moss sticks. Sphagnum moss is tied all over PVC pole to make a moss stick. Preferably medium or large sized earthen/plastic pot is selected to keep the moss stick upright. Plants grown on moss sticks are…

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More likely than not, you’ve heard of composting or even seen a bit of it around you. But you probably haven’t tried it yet. Contrary to belief, it isn’t a tough process, but it can be that final boost that turns a home garden from good to flourishing! If you have passion and love for…

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Did you know, you can enjoy your regular spinach, Green & Red Amaranth, Methi, Lettuce, Mustard, and other leafy vegetables in BABY form; Consumed as a health food and for garnishing salads, soups, plates, and sandwiches. These veggie delights are called as ‘Microgreens.’ Microgreens are tiny, baby plantlets of leafy vegetables that are harvested at…

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Annual, Consolida Orientalis Larkspur – the July birth flower brightens up your garden with its vibrant colors, feathery foliage, and impressive heights. An absolute in the backyard beds or lovely vases these flowers are a show stealer. This plant is the member of the Delphinium family and is available in more than 60 varieties. Its…

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Cucurbits are a very popular group of fruiting vegetables that are scientifically called as ‘Pepo.’ All the gourds, cucumbers, squashes & melons belong to this family. Most cucurbits are tender climbers & require the support of trellis to grow properly. In the rainy season, many cucurbit climbers tend to grow vigorously. If grown in monsoon,…

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The monsoon season is a season of gardening in India. It is the season that delights urban and rural dwellers equally and gives us relief from the harsh summer sun. The humid air suddenly turns fragrant with the scent of impending rain and the smell of the monsoon flowers that are rearing their head, as…

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A kitchen garden (also called a potager) is different from your regular residential garden, which usually tend to be ornamental lawns and shrubs. It quite often is the central feature of your home garden, containing vegetables, herbs and fruits. The landscape of a kitchen garden tends to be designed with geometrically recurring shapes and patterns,…

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We all grow plants in pots. Usually, we fill the pot just with ordinary soil to grow our favorite plants. Because of this, plants find it difficult to sustain in such pots for longer duration & we don’t get desired results such as optimum quality & quantity of flowers, foliage color & overall plant health…

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For people you have been gardening for a while and like to experiment with new and exciting methods, aeroponics may just be the next big thing. Through the past few years, Hydroponic systems have shown that soil isn’t necessarily the only medium that can be used to grow plants. Creating a carefully controlled and nutrient-rich…

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Trend of keeping hanging baskets in house is gaining popularity. Hanging baskets are most suitable for terrace, balcony & windows as well as any indoor location. For the best looks, selection of right plants is very important. One can choose either erect or trailing herbaceous ornamental plants; the plants that are perennial, evergreen, with ornamental…

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Peonies are fragrant flowers with deeply lobed leaves in colors ranging from red to white or yellow. The peony flowers are one of the most popular garden plants in Asia and America. In fact, they are native to Asia, Europe, and Western North America. They are available in the spring and summer in these countries…

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We’re sure that many of you have asked this question time and again, sometimes even when you’re carrying out the activity. How do all these seemingly wasted leftovers become such nutrient-rich humus that works wonders for the growth of plants? Well, it isn’t as complicated a process as you might think and it also is…

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Those who maintain gardens know that it is no mean task. You’ve got to keep track of all your plants and their needs, while making sure that you’re not wasting any resources that you have at hand. And what more important resource is there than water? So, if you have a green thumb and gardening…

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Monsoon is on our doorsteps. Soon the great showers will come pouring down & within no time, the entire complexion of our surroundings will magically transform into an epic green stage. Our new gardening season also begins in the month of June, at the onset of monsoon. No matter how small or big your garden…

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Don’t you love it when you have a thriving, modern garden on your balcony? One that gives you all the benefits of greenery without ever being cluttered or cumbersome. It just adds that extra layer of natural beauty to your home, providing freshness and color that just sets a balcony apart. But what are the…

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No matter which way you turn, everyone will say that if you want improved health, you have to eat your leafy greens. With the current trends focusing much more on health, wellness and fitness, it is about time that we started listening. But there are so many green vegetables out there, which ones work best?…

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Process of Photosynthesis: Photosynthesis can be defined as building up process that is ‘powered’ by the energy of light. During photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is absorbed, and the oxygen is liberated. These gases enter and exit the plant through tiny pores in the leaves called stomata. In the leaves of the plant carbon dioxide and water…

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Growing Spinach: Spinach is renowned for high health benefits. It is used in salads and cooked too. It grows 25 cm high featuring arrow-shaped leaves. To grow well Spinach requires rich, fertile, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter so that it does not dry in hot conditions. Traditionally it is a winter vegetable…

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Growing Sweet Potato: Sweet Potato prefers a sunny location and rich, fertile, well-drained soil that can be enriched with organic matter. These are the vegetables to be grown in warm climates but can be grown in cool climates as long as there are five months of warm days and nights. The tubers can be directly…

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Annual Flower Biological Name: Salvia splendens Family:  Lamiaceae Description: Fill your garden beds and patios with these resplendent red flowers. Growing in profusion with erect spikes these flowers are available in purple, pink or white varieties and add a distinct appeal to the garden.  Growing Information: Tools needed to grow Salvia Plant: Gardening gloves Packet…

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Annual Flower Biological Name: Tagetes patula Family:  Asteraceae French Marigold Flower Description : A garden staple since decades, this aromatic variety of Marigold is short and not as upright as the African species. They appear in the bright and attractive orange, red and yellow colors. What makes French Marigolds a must have in every garden…

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A basic understanding of Annuals and Perennials is a must. Both these broad groups provide colorful and attractive flowers and foliage in a wide variety. In order to glam up your kitchen garden or backyard and create a long-lasting one, we need to understand the plants that fall under these respective categories. Technically, annuals are…

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Radish seeds can be sown directly into a shallow trench, infertile, friable soil which is easy for the roots to push through when they grow. Radishes require ample of water and mulching during summer. They need to be sown thinly i.e. about 2 inch apart. The Daikon radishes should be sown about 4-6 inch apart….

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