All posts by Neha Barabde

Green Lifestyle
// September 19, 2018
Growing connection with food

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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Ornamental Gardening
// August 25, 2018
Grouping Pots & Plants Together

Grouping pots and plants for a perfect look is not rocket science. You need to pair them up in such a way that a visually enticing display of flower and foliage is created. At Ugaoo, you could pick up some of the most colourful and bespoke pots and planters ranging from concrete planters, ceramic planters,…

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Ornamental Gardening
// July 19, 2018
wall pot or hanging half basket

Most people love to have a traditional hanging basket, but they can be disappointing unless cared for lovingly. Even though the basket is planted with an all-round view in mind, the side nearest the wall will perform poorly in comparison with the sunny side unless you turn the basket every day or two to even…

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Ornamental Gardening
// July 3, 2018
succulent plants for windowsill

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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Ornamental Gardening
// June 18, 2018
Yoga and gardening

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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Ornamental Gardening
// June 9, 2018
Old suitcase succulent planter

Here’s a great way to transform an old utility case into a windowsill wonderland. Succulents and cacti are not immediately associated with floral abundance, but these unusual and often other-worldly plants pack some surprisingly beautiful and exotic flowers. Finding the perfect way to show them off can often be a challenge, so try giving your…

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Ornamental Gardening
// April 17, 2018
Growing flower bulbs in bulb planter

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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Kitchen Gardening
// March 29, 2018
Elephants having watermelon

Recently, I came across an interesting piece of news in The Hindu, that stated Elephants are fed watermelons at a temple festival in Palakkad district of Kerala, as the temperature has touched 41 degree Celsius. Pretty amazed by the information I decided to delve further and explore the benefits of watermelon. Watermelons contain merely 46…

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Garden Maintenance
// March 19, 2018
how to make a birdhouse

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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Ornamental Gardening
// March 7, 2018
container gardening with different containers

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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Ornamental Gardening
// February 21, 2018
Variety of colorful flowers at Kas Plateau

India is a beautiful country. It is nature’s galore where you could witness valleys and mountains closely knit with nature and basking in the glory of colorful flowers. One such visually enticing location is the Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar – the valley of flowers. Kaas plateau was named after the Kass tree, which is…

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Green Lifestyle
// February 11, 2018
Valentines Day gift ideas

Valentine’s Day is arriving fast. If you forget showering gifts, then god may save you! But, even worse, if you show up with cliche chocolates and a card, then you would fall into the cheesy category we all (including her) would like to avoid. So, what can you do best this Valentine’s Day? Dear Romeo,…

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Green Lifestyle
// February 3, 2018
heart shaped plants for valentines day

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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Gardening Basics
// January 22, 2018
myths and legend of plants

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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Green Lifestyle
// January 14, 2018
Herbal tea

Growing a herbaceous tea garden is both fun and rewarding. Moreover, these herbs are easy to grow and can be planted in containers and small spaces. All you need to do is, look after the invading species and learn ways to dry and store these little green magicians. You might be wondering that if I…

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Green Lifestyle
// January 1, 2018
Making garden for birds

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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Green Lifestyle
// December 18, 2017

As seasons change, gardens do too. There is always one or the other task that needs to be performed in the garden. A gardener is always on a lookout for a vegetable harvest, a blooming flower or watching a seedling transform into a full grown plant. Gardening is a timeless hobby. Once a gardener is…

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Gardening Basics
// November 17, 2017
farming techniques in india

About Natural farming: If you have ever been to the forest, you must have seen wild mango, tamarind, gooseberry, Jamun, jackfruit, and other trees bearing unusual fruits in summers. These trees never miss the flowering and fruiting season, and they produce a large quantity of fruits year after year. These are summer delights for all…

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Garden Maintenance
// November 10, 2017
how to take care of succulents

People buy succulents with a mindset that Succulents need no care, and end up causing casualties to these lovelies. Even if you are an expert gardener, you need to avoid some common mistakes to keep your little green friends healthy and flourishing.  What are the common mistakes you need to avoid while growing succulents? 1….

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Kitchen Gardening
// October 27, 2017
how to grow mint at home

Mint is a perennial, aromatic herb that belongs to the Mentha genus of Lamiaceae family. There are dozens of different natural or hybrid species of Mentha. Leaves of the Mint plant are loaded with essential oils and aromatic compounds. Along with being a kitchen herb, Mint is also used in herbal medicines, cosmetics, and toiletries. Different…

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Kitchen Gardening
// October 13, 2017
herb garden ideas

Nothing brings a dish more delight than fresh herbs plucked from the garden, and there are so many varieties you can grow. But with all those options, how do you select your garden herbs? If you want to start out smaller, our suggestion is to go with the ones that you would like to add…

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Gardening Basics
// October 6, 2017
seed bombs

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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Garden Maintenance
// September 29, 2017
non chemical methods of pest control

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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Garden Maintenance
// September 18, 2017
Dussehra: Getting rid of Garden Ravanas

Every gardener knows the evil that exists in his garden in the form of Pests, Weeds, Water, Chemical laden fertilizers, Slugs, Powdery mildew and much more. He fights all his life to keep the garden safe from the infestation of these evils. Thus, on Dussehra, we will help you Get Rid of Ravana’s 10 Heads…

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Gardening Basics
// September 10, 2017

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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Ornamental Gardening
// August 18, 2017
Eco Friendly Ganpati Festival

Indian festivals are aligned with the seasonal changes and climatic conditions of the country. Ganesh festival is the time when lots of monsoon flowering plants are at the best of their blooms. As Ganeshji resides with us for 10 days, following are 10 different flowers that can be offered to Ganpati Bappa every day: 1….

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Garden Maintenance
// August 9, 2017
backyard shed ideas

So you’ve put a lot of love and care for your garden. It looks beautiful, neat and professional and is a source of constant pride. There’s a thriving vegetable patch, a luscious fruit patch, a vibrant flower bed and even well-organized borders around it all. But does it still feel like something is missing? Is…

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