All posts by Neelima Duggal

Ornamental Gardening
// October 17, 2018
Growing wax plant (Porcelain Flower)

Widely cultivated for their amazing waxy flowers, Hoyas are also a popular and versatile houseplant choice because of their diverse array of foliage types and their ability to adapt to varied light conditions indoors. Some Hoyas can grow to an enormous size indoors – about 6m long – while others remain more compact. Try growing…

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Gardening Basics
// October 11, 2018

Does your office environment feel stuffy? Adding greenery to your workspace could fix that! Office plants have a lot of benefits – they help in sharpening the focus, improve health and purify the air. A plant on your desk could remove up to 87% of toxins! The following blog elaborates on science-backed benefits of bringing…

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Ornamental Gardening
// September 27, 2018

Asian cultures are closely related to nature and always try and capture its heart and spirit by incorporating it into daily life. Asians are known as the masters in the art of gardening in small courtyards. The Asian-American thematic garden is perfect for the ones who love relishing home-grown produce. Asian-American Theme Gardens contain stir-fry…

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Gardening Basics
// September 20, 2018

Astronauts on the International Space Station have been growing plants for years as a potential source of food while in space. But are there any benefits for terrestrial gardeners? Growing a perfect vegetable garden with plump tomatoes and perky peas – is tough enough. Now imagine an environment where there’s no night or day, where…

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Green Lifestyle
// September 5, 2018
Eco friendly ganesha idol

A devotee was too confused while selecting his Ganesha idol for Ganesh Chaturthi. On one side, he heard a lot about eco-friendly Tree Ganesha idols from Ugaoo, and on the other, was fighting his urge to continue with the Plaster of Paris figurines. Troubled after fighting all his myths, ifs and buts, he thought of…

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Ornamental Gardening
// August 23, 2018
how to create basement or backyard garden?

Some gardens are not just small; they are gloomy too, because they are below street level, or hemmed in by tall walls, just like the basement gardens and backyards. Because very little can be done to alter this sort of garden structurally, it is best to direct any efforts towards improving the environment and devising…

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Green Lifestyle
// August 9, 2018
how to create a balcony garden

For someone without a garden, a balcony may be their entire ‘outdoor room,’ a ‘garden’ to cherish from indoors when the weather is severe. Even more than a patio, both the balcony or veranda are an outdoor extension of the home. The area is usually small, so the money you are prepared to spend on…

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Garden Maintenance
// July 28, 2018
dividing congested plants

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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Gardening Basics
// July 20, 2018
edge plants or border plants for garden

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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Garden Maintenance
// July 14, 2018

What Is Bark Eating Caterpillar? Bark eating Caterpillar is also known as Indarbela tetraonis. It is the type of caterpillar that lives and feeds on the plant stems and branches. Life Stages of a Bark Eating Caterpillar: Egg – The moths lay eggs in clusters in the bark crevices. The eggs are light brown After…

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Gardening Basics
// June 26, 2018
do plants feel pain

Looking at the topic, you might wonder if plants exchange greetings or call out for help when under attack by an insect or a lawnmower. Well, that’s not true. Plants do trade information about their surroundings by emitting odour molecules that are not noticed by humans. How Do Plants Warn Each Other About Danger? In…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 14, 2018
how to get rid of bhirud

What are stem borers or bhriud? The larvae of stem borers are commonly known as squash vine borers, as they burrow into the zucchini vine and other vegetables like pumpkins, i.e. one belongs to the cucurbits family (cucumbers and melons are not usually a problem). Once the vine is infested, the larvae feed for about…

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Garden Maintenance
// June 11, 2018
how to get rid of bagworms

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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Ornamental Gardening
// June 4, 2018

If you read Dendrobium Narendra Modi for the first time, you might get confused. But the moment you know that Singapore named this exotic orchid after our honourable Prime Minister, you would swell in pride. Yes, the orchid, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, was named Dendrobium Narendra Modi to commemorate his visit to the…

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Kitchen Gardening
// May 30, 2018
organic food: Edible flowers

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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Green Lifestyle
// May 29, 2018
Saving mother nature

World environment day is here & it is celebrated on a much larger scale than ever. We don’t just celebrate environment day on 5th June; we celebrate the whole June as environment month. Lots of green activities are planned on this occasion & the most popular one is planting trees. In India, June is the…

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Green Lifestyle
// May 23, 2018
Polluted City

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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Gardening Basics
// May 1, 2018

Fireflies also known as lighting bugs are not flies at all. They are a kind of beetle. Firefly eggs hatch to form larvae with worm-like creatures. The worms that glow in the dark are known as glowworms. Imagine stepping out into your garden or backyard to enjoy the summer breeze and the company of glittering…

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Garden Maintenance
// April 30, 2018
How to water trees

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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Garden Maintenance
// April 16, 2018
composting, backyard composting

Summer vacations have arrived. How about making the most of your idle time and using it to make some backyard compost. Well, don’t worry! We assure that it won’t stink, instead would prove beneficial for your garden and surroundings. The bonus is the sense of satisfaction! So, let’s prep for Earth Day and start with…

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Green Lifestyle
// April 12, 2018
how to make perfume at home

This weekend while strolling in the mall, I came across a section that was full of beautifully wrapped perfume bottles. Zapped at the stunning packaging, I decided to sniff a few bottles and buy the aroma of my life. I zeroed on a mild 50ml aroma. As I turned the bottle and looked at the…

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Green Lifestyle
// April 11, 2018
vegetables in greenhouse

Technology amazes us every day. At times it scares us with AI (Artificial Intelligence) that might take over the human-race soon, while sometimes it appears nothing less than a boon. Scientists around the globe leave no stone unturned to bring forth marvellous innovations. Once again science has proven to be a blessing as Vegetables can…

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Ornamental Gardening
// April 5, 2018
Canna indica plant which soak up summer heat

April is here, and the minimum temperature is 38 degree Celsius. If we are feeling on edge in this scorching heat, imagine what our garden plants might be going through. Don’t fret! Instead of giving up gardening in these heat laiden months, grow Garden Plants That Soak up the Summer Sun. To make it a little…

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Green Lifestyle
// April 3, 2018
world earth day

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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Green Lifestyle
// March 27, 2018

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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Landscape Designing
// March 23, 2018

We will celebrate Earth Day on 22nd April. Before we delve into celebrations and start sharing messages to Save Earth, it’s important to look around and make a note of some significant innovations that can prove beneficial for our environment. In our series of #HelloGreenovation blogs, we will be looking at some marvellous ideas from…

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Ornamental Gardening
// March 18, 2018
summer season flowers

Nothing else can beat the scorching heat better than breathtakingly beautiful flowers. Make your garden summer ready by planting any of these 30 Superstar Flowers for Indian Summer Garden and create a colourful zone that will be an ode-to-peace. List of 30 Summer season flowers that grow in India: Blanket Flower – Blanket flowers are…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 10, 2018
pollination in plants with bees

A report published by Scroll.in on June 5, 2017, showed that bees were disappearing at a rapid rate from India. Some bees species reduced by 80% in Odisha alone. Farmers in Odisha noticed that bee population was going down at a rapid pace since 2002. Since farmers knew how beneficial these species were for pollination…

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Green Lifestyle
// March 8, 2018
vegetable noodles

Summer Holidays are a big event for the little ones in the house. They are set free from the shackles of extended school hours, homework, exams and robotic life. For parents, it is challenging too. They need to keep the little ones happy and engaged throughout the entire 2-month vacay. To help the parents keep…

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Gardening Basics
// March 5, 2018
Stacked brick keyhole garden

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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Kitchen Gardening
// February 28, 2018
saffron health benefits

Saffron derived from Crocus Sativus, or Saffron flower is the world’s most expensive spices by weight. Saffron strands are crimson styles and stigmas of the flower, which are dried and collected over a period. Saffron gets its unique taste and the hay-like fragrance from chemicals such as safranal and picrocrocin. The golden yellow hue is…

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Green Lifestyle
// February 24, 2018
festival of colors

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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Garden Maintenance
// February 19, 2018
potted palm trees

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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Green Lifestyle
// February 17, 2018
Benefits of Gardening

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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Gardening Basics
// February 13, 2018
valentines day gifts

History of Valentine’s Day: Every year on 14th February we see couples unite and celebrate love. The bestow their love of life with cards, flowers, gifts and tons of love. But, do you know why and for whom is the day celebrated? FYI – it wasn’t a love story with a happy ending. In Rome,…

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Gardening Basics
// February 4, 2018
plant myths and legends

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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Green Lifestyle
// January 31, 2018
Indoor plant gifts

There is never a dearth of opportunities to celebrate love. But in the entire year, it is only the month of February that sprinkles love in the air. Everyone is concerned about just one thing – how can I express my fondness or make my beloved feel special? To make it easy for you we…

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Ornamental Gardening
// January 19, 2018
climbing plants, vining plants

Newbie gardeners might get confused by looking at vining plants and feel that they are almost same. But due to the incredible biodiversity in our plant kingdom, vines can be classified into four types depending on the way they climb surfaces. Classification of vines on their climbing behavior: Twining Vines – Depending on the plant’s…

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Ornamental Gardening
// January 17, 2018
water featues for small garden

Sight and sound of flowing water are like music to the ears. It is visually enticing, and everybody loves experiencing the music of trickling water. It is said that white noise, i.e., the background sound like that of flowing water calms the nervous system. Water being an elixir of life attracts bees, birds, butterflies, dragonflies…

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Ornamental Gardening
// January 13, 2018

Imagine decorating your building wall with gorgeous plants that need minimal care and bloom profusely. Before selecting plants for your rock walls remember that plants on a wall have minimal growing medium and limited water. The other things you need to consider before selecting the plants are: Wall material: Wall made up of limestone or…

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Green Lifestyle
// January 8, 2018
home remedies for tooth pain

Toothache plant is an herb used in folk medicine throughout India. Its roots and flowers are used to give a local anesthetic effect and that temporarily eases the pain toothaches. The flowers of this rare plant have also been utilized as a urinary antiseptic and treat malaria. How does this happen? Spilanthol in the Toothache…

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Garden Maintenance
// January 3, 2018
organic gardening at home

Like all other living things plants too need right conditions to thrive. For instance, some plants would grow well in a hot, sunny and dry garden, while some would prefer cool, moist and shady conditions to prosper. If you wish to have a healthy organic garden, you need to take the following conditions into account:…

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Green Lifestyle
// December 21, 2017
cooking with herbs and spices

Christmas is an ideal time of the year when you can truly savor herbs and spices. With so many dishes to make and bake, there is no dearth of opportunities to adding these taste stimulators in your cuisines. Amongst all the herbs variants, hardy ones are the most preferred. Once planted in the garden, they…

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Ornamental Gardening
// December 8, 2017
evergreen plants for home entrance

A beautiful front yard cannot be made by choosing a few flowering plants and shrubs randomly. You need to select plants very carefully. Evergreen trees mainly lay a foundation for your home entrance or front yard. These trees come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, thus making an ideal choice for creating an…

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Ornamental Gardening
// December 4, 2017
naturalizing bulbs

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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Green Lifestyle
// December 1, 2017
organic food

Drastic and unpredictable climatic changes, health issues and the bothering climatic condition, (the recent SMOG cover in Delhi) is the result of pesticide accumulation that has happened over a period. Looking at these life-threatening situations, it is imperative that we minimize the use of insecticides and pesticides, in order to redress the environmental damage. If…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 24, 2017
soil compaction test

Soil compaction can be defined as a mechanical method used to increase the soil density. It is done by forcefully packing soil materials, reducing pore space and removing gas. If performed improperly, soil erosion and mud puddle inconvenience might occur. Thus, it is critical that you learn the knacks of performing this primary part of…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 15, 2017
glauconite greensand

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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Gardening Basics
// November 12, 2017
organic vegetable gardening

It is time to celebrate the Organic Gardener, and hence we have started with “The Organic Gardener Series.” In part-1, we will understand – what is organic gardening, the origin of organic gardening, how has it evolved in the 21st century, organic standards, and is it possible to be entirely natural? What is organic gardening?…

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Ornamental Gardening
// November 6, 2017
miniature moss garden, terrarium plants

Moss makes a beautiful addition to a garden. It gives a rustic appearance, sense of age and beautifies the space. If you wish to glorify your garden rocks or surface with moss, all you need to give it is the right growing conditions. Before we delve into the process of growing moss, let’s explore its…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 3, 2017
sources of irrigation in india

India has about 140 million hectares of net cultivated area, out of which merely 45% is irrigated. Currently, 9 million hectare is under micro-irrigation, in which drip irrigated area is 4 million hectare. For the plant growth adequate supply of water is extremely important. Irrigation is the only way our farmers can continue to store…

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Kitchen Gardening
// October 20, 2017
salsa garden

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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Ornamental Gardening
// October 18, 2017
Growing Dumb cane or dieffenbachia

Do you know how Dieffenbachia got its name? The director of the Botanical Gardens in Vienna – Heinrich Wilhelm Schott named Dieffenbachia in honor of his head gardener Joseph Dieffenbach. Apart from The Dumb Cane, the decorative plant is also known as the mother-in-law tongue (i.e., the common name used for Sansevieria). This is because,…

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Kitchen Gardening
// October 15, 2017
rainbow vegetables and fruit

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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Ornamental Gardening
// October 9, 2017
favourite flowers of hindu gods

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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Green Lifestyle
// October 8, 2017
Effect of Diwali Pollution on Plants

Diwali carousel is about to begin. Imagine plants posing with placards, requesting you to protect them from all the pollution, crackers and smoke. Or lawn grass and flowerbeds pleading you to ensure that no one ties crackers onto them just for sadistic pleasure. All the social media channels are flooded with images of animals, to…

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Green Lifestyle
// October 4, 2017
best indoor vine plants

If you have an indoor garden and a library, you have everything. Indoor plants not only act as an instant decorating too, but they also help in keeping the environment clean and healthy. Thus, to make your home look glamorous this Diwali, we have enlisted 5 Gorgeous Indoor Vines: 1. Creeping Fig: Scientific Name: Ficus…

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Kitchen Gardening
// October 1, 2017
Harvesting eggplant or brinjal from garden

Eggplants are native to the Indian sub-continent, which is why it’s no surprise that they are an immensely popular vegetable in the country. They are baked, stir fried, used in curries and also in many other ways. They are such an integral part of the Indian diet, but have you considered growing them in your…

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Gardening Basics
// September 20, 2017
Harvesting tool - Scissor

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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Green Lifestyle
// September 6, 2017
Edible & Healing Weed

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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Ornamental Gardening
// September 3, 2017
White Flowering Plants

White is the colour of purity and no matter the kind of garden you have or the plants that are already growing, white will always look good. Isn’t it true that the colour white has this almost mystical ability to draw the eyes and keep your attention? If you’ve felt this before, then you aren’t…

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Landscape Designing
// September 1, 2017
trees near power lines

So, you want to grow some trees in your backyard or close to your home, but there’s a power line nearby? While this can be a bit of an issue, it shouldn’t be one that stops you cold! Why? Because we have another helpful guide for you! Growing trees is initially a very involving and…

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Garden Maintenance
// August 20, 2017
tree transplanting

Sometimes, planning can go awry no matter how thorough you’ve been. This is especially the case when you’ve planted trees without quite figuring out their growing patterns. Inevitably, you’ll find that a tree needs to be moved if it is to continue growing and thriving. Now, undoubtedly, this can seem like an intimidating task. The…

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Gardening Basics
// August 16, 2017
seed saving and seed storage

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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Garden Maintenance
// August 14, 2017
how to get rid of whiteflies on plants

What are Whiteflies? Whiteflies are one of the common pest problems that pose a threat to your lovely ornamental plants both in the greenhouse and outdoors. About 1500 whitefly varieties are found worldwide. They belong to the group of aphids and scales. The tiny insects not only damage the plant by feeding on them but…

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Green Lifestyle
// August 7, 2017

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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