We grab packaged food off store shelves packed in plastic. The inescapable pervasiveness of processed food has not only created a disconnect for us but also impacted our health, the planet’s health and our ability to eat mindfully. Studies have revealed that 60% of the calories are from highly processed food products. We all know…

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This blog is part of our series of blogs on Bonsai. Here we are going to learn about making a fresh new bonsai from a non-bonsai plant. To understand the basics of Bonsai gardening, read ‘Art of making bonsai’ & ‘The magic of Bonsai trees’ Aim:  To prepare Bonsai from the available plant. Requirements: Plant,…

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Once a plant has captured the entire pot, and if it is not practical to move it to a larger one, the division may revive it and will also give you a number of extra plants. Not all plants respond to the division. Those with a fibrous root system, like calatheas and most ferns, are…

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Edging is intended for the demarcation of spaces allotted for particular purposes, for instance, flower and garden if not cut out on grass should have an edging of some kind. Dwarf plants are generally used; but if water is scarce and the gardenbeds are not kept full of plants, an edging of neat tilesis ideal. In…

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Vegetables that grow naturally without any cultivation or care are called wild vegetables. These plants mainly grow in forests, wilderness, edges of farmlands, and barren fields. In the early days of the monsoon season, these vegetables are available for consumption. Along with being vegetables, a majority of them are also medicinal plants. Most of the…

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The lawn is the centrepiece of a garden, the canvas against which the rest of the garden is painted. For many gardeners this makes it worth all the mowing, feeding and grooming that a good lawn demands. If your lawn has to serve as a play area as well, be realistic and sow tough grasses,…

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Ideal for display on a bright, south-facing windowsill, succulents make the perfect houseplants. They look fabulous all year round but are appreciated especially when there is little color to be enjoyed outdoors. However, it’s not just their good looks that make them worth growing; they are drought tolerant, slow growing and virtually no maintenance plants….

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Palms are admired for their ornamental, economic and ecological importance. This unique group of plants contain about 212 genera and 2779 species belonging to family Palmae or Arecaceae. Palms inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range from rainforest to deserts. Contrary to their typical coconut tree like appearance, palms exhibit an enormous diversity…

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Root cutting is a semi-artificial, vegetative plant propagation technique. While in stem or leaf cuttings, the process of rooting is essential, whereas in root cuttings the process of new shoot formation is essential. Quite a large number of plants can be grown by root cuttings. The general criterion is that root cuttings may propagate any…

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Imagine performing Adho Mukha Svanasana amidst the soft rustling sound of leaves, a delectable fragrance of freshly bloomed flowers, a touch of green grass and caressing nature. By practicing yoga in a garden amidst plants can bind together the mind-body-soul thus creating an everlasting ripple of relaxation and rejuvenation. In this blog, let’s look at…

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What are Bagworms? Bagworms are moths that feed on shrubs and trees during their larval stage. They pesky pests are small and create little diamond-shaped bags on arborvitae. They love deciduous trees, coniferous trees, fruit trees and perennial flowers. Bagworms are sneaky pests as they camouflage their web with bits of the tree they live…

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The concept of edible flowers has always fascinated me. Isn’t it great that you could use roses from decorating the bouquet for a loved one to preparing desert or a refreshing coolant? You can find edible flowers for cakes to edible flowers for salads that too from your backyard. Read this blog to get a…

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Are you living in Kanpur, Delhi, Varanasi, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur? If yes, then here is heartbreaking news – These 14 Indian cities have the worst average air quality worldwide, according to the latest air pollution database released by the World Health Organisation on 2nd May.  These cities…

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Landscape gardening is all about the right use of ornamental plants. All over the world, more or less a fixed set of popular ornamental plant varieties are used, regardless of their origin. In fact, most of the ornamental plants in our garden are exotic. One has to understand that even if these plants are lovely…

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What are air plants? Air Plants, commonly known as Air Ferns or Tillys, are coined as Tillandsia by plant experts. Available in 730 species of evergreen—perennial flowering plants they belong to the family Bromeliaceae. Air plants can thrive just about anywhere in forests and mountains to deserts and swamplands. The USP of Tillandsia plants is…

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Sabja is a name for seeds of Sweet Basil, which is a variety of Basil, popular in the Indian subcontinent. The scientific name of Sweet Basil is Ocimum basilicum, belonging to family Lamiaceae (Mint family). Sweet basil leaves and roots are highly aromatic and medicinal. When soaked in water, the seeds of Sweet basil (Sabja)…

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About Pudina: Pudina is the most popular kitchen herb in India along with Coriander. The scientific name of Pudina is Mentha spicata subsp. spicata, and it belongs to family Lamiaceae (The mint family). Pudina is commonly known as Garden mint in English. While other mint varieties are high maintenance, Pudina can be grown effortlessly in…

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Trees use water during photosynthesis and lose it during transpiration. Insufficient water or drought conditions can hamper tree growth, and make it susceptible to pest problems. Proper watering during summers and to combat stressful drought periods can work wonders. How to Water Trees? Check the soil moisture and water when it reaches a critical level….

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About Vetiver Plant: The scientific name of Vetiver is Chrysopogon zizanioides belonging to family Poaceae (grass family). In India, Vetiver is commonly known as ‘Khus.’ Vetiver is one of those multipurpose grasses that are economically and ecologically important. Vetiver is a bunch-grass that can grow up to 5 feet tall. Leaves are long and linear…

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What is a Bulb? Bulbs serve as storage lockers for plants. They contain vital nutrients that plants need to survive through challenging conditions and sprout new plants too. Different bulbs can be planted together in a single container for dramatic effects. Types of Bulbs: True Bulbs: These grow in layers. Corms: Unlike True Bulbs, Corms…

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Did you know that Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; which is now merely 6%, and experts estimate that these rainforests could be consumed in maximum 40 years. We are losing about 137 plants, animal and insect species every single day. Every second about 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into…

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On March 6, nearly 10000 farmers embarked on a long march from near Nashik to the Maharashtra assembly in Mumbai. By the time they reached Maximum City on March 12, walking about 25 km a day to cover the 180 km, their numbers, by some estimates had touched 40000. Farmers march to Mumbai in March…

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Plants can fall sick because of many reasons. It is important for gardeners to understand the difference between plant diseases and physiological disorders. The symptoms of both can be quite deceptive and confusing at times. In this blog, we will look at primary symptoms of plant diseases caused due to fungi, bacteria and viruses, signs…

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Building a birdhouse is truly timeless and fascinating. Also known as nest boxes, bird houses were earlier made from clay, wood, thin aluminum and other natural materials. Birdhouses ensure that your feathery friends never leave your garden and stay protected from the harsh weather conditions. In this blog, we will explore: Benefits of a birdhouse…

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Vegetable gardening can be exciting and somewhat addictive. Unlike ornamental and flower gardening, growing vegetables is a more demanding job, as a gardener has to engage in a whole lot of dedicated activities. One has to follow a routine of general gardening practices like sowing, soil mixing, land preparations, watering schedule, plant protection, fertilizers etc.;…

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Gardening is a reflection one style and taste, while container gardening is a reflection of the gardener’s personality. Before you get set onto exploring top 30 container gardening ideas let’s revisit the basics and keep the following things in mind: Material: The material of the container determines how easily you can move it around, the…

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Keyhole Salad Garden is not a garden style, in fact, it is an element that can be incorporated in a variety of garden types. You might be wondering what exactly a Keyhole Garden is? Read along. History of Keyhole Salad Garden: Keyhole Salad Gardens were created by charitable organizations to help emerging countries create a…

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Every garden lover has to invent their styles of gardening commensurate with their budget, taste and nature of the site. You can develop your garden design only when you study all the great garden styles carefully and grasp the underlying principles in them. Following are three basic forms of gardening: 1. Formal gardens: A formal…

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With unpredictable weather conditions and scarcity of water celebrating Holi in complete fervor could be difficult. The essence of the festival could be kept intact if we planned to celebrate it a little differently and responsibly at the same time. Do you know that in Pune alone about 1300 million liters of water is released…

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Also known as Chamaedorea elegans and Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm is the most versatile and almost no-maintenance plant. Its dark green foliage glorifies the indoor and outdoor premises and also purifies the air. The best part about growing parlor palm does not need specific or optimum conditions to grow. Introduction to Parlor Palm Plant:…

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We live in a fast-paced world where everything from food to cure needs to be “instant.” Medicines that work instantly come with dire side effects and enormous cost. What if we tell you that some age-old drugs could work just like the modern wonder drugs? One of this traditional method is Gardening. Pondering how? Well,…

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1. Mango (Mangifera indica): This king of fruits has an exciting history. The daughter of the sun was the most pretty girl on Earth. She was married to a mighty king and was living happily. A wicked enchantress hated watching them be felicitous and vowed to ruin her life. She chased the girl and terrified…

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We all are familiar with the typical oval shape of a leaf; however, in nature, there are plenty of plants with heart-shaped leaves. Botanically such leaves are described as cordate leaves. Many of these plants are ornamental foliage houseplants. This valentines day, instead of gifting heart pillows, how about gifting the ‘love plants’ with heart…

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Commonly known as Tailflower, flamingo and lace leaf, Anthuriums are exotic plants classified as herbaceous epiphytes and are native to Central and South America. It is a hot favorite of the gardeners because of brightly colored flower spathes and ornamental leaves. Leaves grow in clusters and showcase a variety of shapes. Anthurium flowers are perfectly…

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January not only brings the opportunity to start the year afresh, but it also gives us another year to celebrate the Republic Day. The day dedicated to honoring the Constitution of India that came into effect on 26 January 1950, is celebrated with great vigor throughout the country. This year let’s change the traditional way…

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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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