5 green plants with exciting myths & legends: 1. Coffee: This is the ultimate remedy to brighten and lighten up those lethargic mornings. A favorite beverage cherished by all of us, the Ethiopians discovered the coffee plant in the Middle East. The legend states that a boy named Kaldi was minding his herd of goats,…

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In bonsai gardening, re-potting is the beginning of presenting a plant in a special form. The plant is placed specialized bonsai pot, which is a shallow ceramic container with two distinct drainage holes at the bottom. Re-potting in bonsai is always done in association with root pruning, and complete or partial modification of soil mixtures….

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A garden with flowers, fruits, borders and lush foliage won’t mean anything without birds. These feathery visitors and wild friends add life to a garden and fill it with movement, sound, and colors. Birds, butterflies, and bees help in pollinating, feed on insects and bring a lot to the garden. But, they need help too!…

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2018 is going to be crucial for environmental protection. Gardeners have to step up and take up the responsibility as representatives of the green team. Apart from soil and water conservation,  the following are five important green resolutions, which if fulfilled will have long term impact on sustainable development: 1. Collect seeds: Humans have always been…

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Special occasions like Christmas require distinctive decoration for your house. Apart from Christmas tree and delicious food, we bring you five more things to focus on for perfect holidays. These are traditional and straightforward gardening ideas that still work wonders when it comes to living ornamentation. Let’s have a look at 5 ideas of decorating…

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Naturalizing in gardening means planting bulbs randomly. Areas that are naturalized flourish with self-propagating bulb species that spread freely in fields, meadows, lawns, and along pathways. Over time, these plants self-seed and redesign themselves, expanding into a visually enticing pattern governed by nature. In this blog, we will take you through a few steps by…

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Propagation of plants by cuttings is the cheapest and most convenient method of vegetative plant propagation. While stem cutting is widespread, many plants can be grown by leaf cuttings, particularly the fleshy-leaved one and succulents. Following are different types of leaf cuttings: 1. Leaf stalk cuttings: A mature adult leaf with stalk can be inserted…

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Our gardening soil is in constant need of soil amendment and fertilizer that can help in maintaining the yield. An excellent organic gardener understands the soil requirement, and is aware of the fact that he cannot use synthetic fertilizer for the same. Thus, he is on a constant lookout for natural and sustainable options. One…

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Scientific name: Plectranthus amboinicus Family: Lamiaceae Plant part used: Leaves. Medicinal properties of Patta Ajwain: Coolant, Stimulant, Digestive, Stomach Gases, Anthelmintic, Wound Healing, Cough, Cold, Reducing ‘Kapha’ and ‘Vata.’ Patta Ajwain information: It’s a small, erect, perennial, herbaceous, aromatic plant. Leaves are fleshy, green, hairy and full of essential oils and aromatic compounds. The stem…

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Plants require 16 elements for healthy growth and reproduction. The essential elements C, H, and O are supplied largely from the air (carbon dioxide and Oxygen) and water. The remaining 13 elements, usually referred to as mineral nutrients, are provided from several sources. Let’s have a look at essential functions of all 13 mineral nutrients,…

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What is Polyhouse? Polyhouse is a type of greenhouse where specialized polythene sheet is used as a covering material under which the crops can be grown in partially or fully controlled climatic conditions. Traditionally, the greenhouses were constructed on wooden frames where the glass was used as a cladding material. With the advancement of plastic technology,…

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Scientific name of betel leaf: Piper betel Family: Piperaceae Plant part used: Leaves Medicinal properties of Betel leaf: Digestive, Cathartic, Taste stimulant, Mouth freshener, Mouth cleansing, aphrodisiac. Betel leaf information: In India, Betel leaf is popularly known by the name ‘Paan,’ meaning leaf. There are ‘Paan’ shops in literally all street corners of every town…

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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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Many of the houseplants in their natural habitat receive a high amount of humidity. It is impossible to maintain high humid conditions indoors because it would be uncomfortable for the inmates. As a result, plants that require high humid conditions can face difficulty growing indoors. But it is possible to improvise methods by which humidity…

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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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