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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A water garden can be a very personal & charming feature of a garden. A garden pond can be combined with rocks, hardy pond plants, waterside plants; as if the water course has made its way through the stones and the plants are growing naturally. A depth of 75 cm (2.5 ft) is considered suitable…

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The trend for planting succulents in the garden and placing them around the home started not too long ago. But now, it is one of the trendiest and most creative things that you can do! You can decorate your living room and bedrooms with miniature succulents that freshen up the surroundings and also plant them…

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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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In Rock garden or rockery, the rocks and soil are arranged in a specific way to create ideal conditions for the growth of different plants. A rock garden is technically artificial in the sense that is human-made, but a well prepared and well-managed rock garden should become one of the most natural, attractive and exciting…

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One of the best things about having your own garden is that you can grow your own food! You can have all the healthy greens and delicious fruits that you have ever craved. But sometimes that list can get quite long and finding space in the garden can be an issue. And that’s where a…

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The benefits of growing cucumber are many. It is a refreshing and delicious vegetable that is an essential part of the healthy diet. It can be eaten in salads, cooked with proteins or pickled for that extra flavour. But there’s a problem with growing cucumbers. They can take up a lot of space, and in…

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Kitchen gardening is a demanding activity. Most of the vegetable plants are fast growing & short lived. All routine garden practices like watering, feeding, pruning, weeding should be done by following a strict schedule. As a gardener, providing trellis support to climbers & staking the weak stemmed plants are two essential activities that should not…

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Bioaesthetic planning can be defined as a ‘conscious plan of the Flora (Plants) and Fauna (Animals) with the objective of beautifying the country.’ It includes the planting of ornamental flowering trees along the city roads, in parks, public places, and compound & houses both in towns & villages. It also includes the development of ‘nature…

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The Mogra plant or Jasminum sambac bears white flowers and is an evergreen shrub with dark green foliage. Its speciality is that the flowers bloom only at night and give off a very fragrant aroma. This plant has its roots in the Middle East and has a natural exotic quality about it. There are many reasons…

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Birds, more than perhaps any other form of life, excite us the most. Their form, colors & melodious calls cannot fail to inspire even the most inexpert among us. All of nature is opportunistic, but birds are perhaps masters of experimenting with new surroundings and conditions. Their remarkable gift of flight has made it possible…

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Radishes are a standard ingredient in salads due to their crunchy nature and pink-scarlet color. Available in numerous varieties and hundreds of colors like white, yellow, purple, pink and black Radishes are cherished globally. In India, the white Asian Mooli or Daikon Radishes are cooked and used in pickles. This particular variety grows as long…

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Seed sowing is still the most legitimate & assured way of growing new plants. The stages of seed germination & seedling formation are the most sensitive and vulnerable stages of a plant’s life. For successful germination of seeds, the method of sowing should be accurate. Due to inaccurate sowing practices, many times seeds fail to…

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Use Cherry Tomatoes to get an instant burst of color and flavor. This extremely versatile variety of tomatoes is used to lend a sweet juicy flavour to salads, salsa, pizza and pasta. Cherry tomatoes are easiest to grow and are the first to fruit. They include both bush and climbing varieties, and all bear prolifically….

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The Republic of India has several national symbols. Many of these symbols signify the value of natural treasure that this great nation possesses. In this blog let’s cast more light on the three national plants of India, viz. the national tree, flower & fruit of India. National tree of India: Banyan Tree Scientific name: Ficus…

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Diabetes is a disease that is afflicting numerous people around the world. It tends to cause high blood sugar levels over an extended period which can result in dizziness, nausea, fainting or even death. Treating it effectively is a matter that is to be taken very seriously. But what if you could prevent it or…

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The word Gladiolus is derived from the Latin word Gladius, that means a sword.  It is also known as ‘Sword lily’, because of its sword-like leaves. Gladiolus is popular for its magnificent flowering spikes, large blooms, dazzling colors, different size & long keeping quality. The color range in Gladiolus is fantastic & almost any color…

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Budding is an artificial, vegetative plant propagation technique used for growing ornamental flowering plants like Roses. It is nothing but a highly advanced form of grafting. In Budding one or more buds of one plant are transferred to another by proper technique. The plant which gives the root system is called ‘Stock’ or ‘Rootstock’, while…

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Did you know that Lettuce contains 90% water and is said to quench thirst better than water? It has been a prized edible plant globally. Available in large varieties Lettuce alone can add flavour and color to salads. Grow it in containers in your kitchen garden as a filler crop and get a continuous supply…

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Insects are a part and parcel of your lush green garden. Many of them are beneficial who help plants to pollinate & many of them are harmful to garden plants; we label them as pests. There are established chemical pesticides & insecticides which are extremely efficient in agriculture & farming. However, it’s a well-known fact…

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Mango, often referred as king of fruits is the most awaited seasonal fruits in India. As we all have curiosity about the way mango plant is grown, we are here with our tips on growing mango plant. Mango tree information The Scientific name of Mango is Mangifera indica, belonging to family Anacardiaceae. Mango tree is indigenous to India….

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The Scientific name of Watermelon is Citrullus Lanatus, it belongs to Cucurbitaceae (Gourd family). Watermelon is a trailing annual vine with tendrils. Watermelon plants leaves are coarse, hairy & pinnately lobed. There are hundreds of watermelon varieties having fruits with a smooth hard rind; usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots and a…

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Did you know that your favorite mango or orange varieties are not grown by seed sowing? Most of our popular fruiting & flowering plants of desirable characters like color, texture, smell, taste, size, etc. are grown by artificial vegetative propagation method called as grafting. What is grafting? Grafting is a union of two related plants…

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Parsley is one of the most widely used herbs. It is rich in iron and vitamins A, B, and C. It belongs to the same family as Dill. Parsley comes in two types: curly and flat leaf. The flat-leaf Parsley is also known as French or Italian Parsley.  Italian Parsley has a slightly stronger taste….

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For a healthy individual, it is important to align the seven energy centres or the seven chakras. Energy centres when out of balance can create tensions, stress and a feeling of mental imbalance in a person. So, while we can work these chakras at a spiritual level through meditation, we must also supplement these efforts…

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Most gardeners prefer sticking to herbs and vegetables as they grow and cultivate their garden. While there are enough varieties within those two types of plants to keep anyone busy, you can’t help but feel that something is missing. Every garden can use a flourishing growth of fruits! I know what you’re thinking, “how can…

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Landscape designing is an exciting profession. It is a unique combination of art & horticultural science. Landscaping is a field of implementing new ideas & innovations. To master the skills of landscaping, one needs to start with the basics; and what could be a better theme than designing a home garden for learning the basics!…

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Potatoes are conventionally grown on ground by farmers & hobby gardeners. But guess what, potatoes can easily grow in any container like large round pots, drums, buckets, boxes, grow bags or gunny bags, etc.  In this blog, you will learn the easy way to grow potatoes successfully in containers, how to start a potato plant…

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What is butterfly garden? The butterfly is undoubtedly the most beautiful insect on earth. We all automatically relate these colorful creatures with flowers & gardens. The concept of the butterfly garden is simple; a particular garden is developed in such a way that it naturally attracts lots of butterflies. All the plants & overall micro-environment…

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Sage is an evergreen shrub that looks good both in the flower border and the herb garden. It has strongly aromatic leaves and is widely used in meat dishes, toppings, flavored vinegar, and sauces. Commonly Sage has gray-green color, slightly feathery leaves, but there are other varieties too: Purpurea has purple leaves; Tricolor has green…

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Flowering shrubs are important because they are available in various shapes, sizes, and forms and even flowers are of different colors and shapes. Possibly the most significant point is that unlike the seasonal flowers, they are perennial in habit, and need a little care. If the proper selection is made the shrubs will provide flowers…

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While the notion of Vastu Shastra seems to be commonplace in the home, most people don’t actually tend to practice it in the other (crucial) part of the home. Where’s that, you ask? Well, the garden of course! We love tending to our plants, making sure that the flowers are blooming, that the fruits are…

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Botanical name of Ginger is Zingiber officinale; it belongs to family Zingiberaceae, the same family of other famous Indian spices Turmeric & cardamom. Ginger is commercially cultivated in India on a large scale; however, a ginger plant growing in your home kitchen garden will always come in handy for your regular supply of fresh aromatic…

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One way to keep things fresh at home is to play around with various interior design trends. Now and then, one will come up that will pique your interest and catch your eye. Newer trends like these keep the creative juices flowing, give you and your partner something to do and keep the home environment…

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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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