Saturday, 16 December 2017

Marigold Mosaic



Marigolds bring magic to the garden with multiflora blooms .


                                                               


Happy Gardening !






Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Winter Blossoms


Winter is finally settling in the city ,Days are not hot anymore ,Mornings are turning to be foggy with every passing day .Winter Flowers have already ousted there appearance before the frigidity sets in.



                                                                Wow !  Gazania Beauty
         



Who Doesn't love the vibrant colors of Hibiscus




When we talk of colors Petunia is no where behind




when Bee hovers on Gaillardia




Who seems more deeply in thoughts Pansy or Dog 





Bright Yellow Tecoma Flowers 




Chrysanthemum blooming with winter advent 





Intricate Blooms of Crossandra





Year Long Blooming Bougainvillea 




Tecoma Variety (Id unknown )




Dianthus beauty






Celosia Flowers





Plumbago  shining in Sunlight







In the upcoming  post I'll bring in the light on spring bulbs that I have planted this year .






Sunday, 10 December 2017

Growing Potatoes in Poly bags


Potatoes are easy to grow vegetables and our bountiful in harvest with minimal efforts .Potatoes are tuberous crop that are grown inside the ground.  In our region the best time to plant potatoes is autumn season ie October to November .Since potatoes are tuberous crop they need deep space to develop roots and thereby formation of potatoes .                                                                               




A sprouted Potatoes 





Growing potatoes in Polythene bags is rewarding since it gives a lot of space to potatoes to                propogate ,these polythene bags can be kept anywhere full sunlight is received for maximum time of day.                                                                                                                                                           
                                                           A large polythene bag


I have filled these polybags with a composition of Garden Soil 70%,Cocopeat 20%,Compost 10%
                                                        

Firstly Potatoes are placed after filling half  polybag with above composition 




when after 10 days leaves appear above the ground   gradually polybags are filled with soil mixture 




After two months plants of potatoes have grown above the polybags  



After 2.5 month flowers are starting appearing on plants 



And now is the time to await there harvest which could take more than a month .               


Things to kept in mind                                                                                                              

- Potatoes doesn't require much water to grow ,twice a week watering is enough   ;                         

- Stems of plants should be gradually covered with Garden Soil from beneath so that  more harvest is obtained;                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
-I don't use chemical fertilizer in growing vegetables it is better to use organic compost to get         organic healthy harvest.                                                                                                         

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Veggie Corner : Harvest and Preparation

Growing food in your space not only gives you fresh and chemical free harvest ,but is much more enriched with nutrients and taste much better then the store bought ones.

Winter season in our climate gives opportunity to easily grow bountiful harvest in your available space without deploying any special efforts .

It gives a self pride to pluck your hand grown vegetables and gives regular exercise to your body.


My veggies are all set to pluck giving aroma to different  cuisines

                                                
            French beans are so easy to grow and germinate and they give early harvest too


                                                                     



Radish is one winter vegetable that is so tasteful with high nutrient content ,It takes just a more than month to grow them from seed                                                                                                



                                                       Radishes are all set to dig out



Another unique flavored bean contrary to French beans is Labalab Beans popularly known as (Semphali or Balor) in our region



Most loved vegetable which comes in Seed pods i.e. Peas




                                                          A Pea flower rising with dawn


Potatoes are grown for bounty harvest from single potato 


Potatoes in Poly bags 



Tomatoes to give tangy flavor



                                                       Green Chillies to spice up cuisine






Carrots grown in earthen pots




Fresh taste of green leafy vegetables   can rejuvenate your body


Fenugreek



                                                                        Coriander
                                                                       


                                                                            Spinach





Preparation And Plantation                                                                                                          

Winter vegetables does not require much space to grow .We can use old containers ,earthen pots ,old oil cans anything tangibles that are wide in size .If you have barren land u can easily sow seeds of Carrots,Radish,green leafy vegetables ,peas dividing sections for each vegetable .
Soil preparation for planting vegetables in containers




For soil preparation u need porous soil u'll require                                                                                 
- Garden soil, 60%                                                                                                                                      
- River sand or bajri  30%                                                                                                                           
- Organic manure    10%                                                                                                                            
Plantation :
Green leafy vegetables like Fenugreek,Spinach,coriander and others are directly sown in places or even in shallow planters since they have small roots.                                                                        

Carrots ,Radish,beetroot,turnip and all other edible root vegetables require deep containers to       propagate itself and are sown directly .                                                                                   

Peas,Beans,Tomatoes,Eggplant,Green chilli,capsicum and alike vegetables can be sown at a place then further transplanted according to your space within germination.                                            

                                                                                                                                          
In next post I 'll discuss how to grow potato easily in poly bags and get bounty harvest.

   
Happy Gardening .

Abc wednesday                                                                                                                    

                                                             


                                                                    

                                         


                                                                                             

                                                      

Monday, 6 November 2017

Growing Adenium from seeds

It all started when I got to know Adenium is  easy to grow from seed .I had collected seeds a year ago and store them with other seeds and forgot about it .When shuffling and searching for winter flower seeds found them within .


How to germinate Adenium seeds :

Things you'll  need 

- A plastic container or A plastic  basket for good drainage (with lots of holes )

- Gravel or river sand ( also known as bajri locally ) available at construction sites or shops that sell construction material 

- And off course the seeds (you can remove or remain the hair attached to it )

   - Cover the seeds with thin layer of river sand and water generously                                                                
- Keep them in semi shade place and water in two days with sprinkler water

                                                         Adenium seeds planted in river sand



After five days seeds start germinating and within a month   they were                                              


I got 60 % germination from seeds ,may be because the seeds were old  .                                          

Winter is setting in and summer annuals are taking backseat its good time to collect summer flower seeds .                                                                                                                              
                                



                                                      

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Marigolds in my balcony

What a start to morning sitting in your balcony with Marigolds , sipping hot cup of coffee and enjoying warm sunshine.

 
                                       



Marigold in hanging pots





Marigold on balcony railing














                                                          Partially bloomed Marigold






                                                     French Marigold on railing




I have tried growing adenium from seeds and to my surprise they germinated an update about same will be discussed in upcoming post  .                                                                                      

                                                                                         

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Growing Avocado Plant from seed

I have  always been fascinated with the idea of  growing fruit plant from seed .Although it requires a lot of patience to grow a plant from seed to reach its fruiting stage,but that is joyous part of gardening .And when we talk about fruit like Avocado that is exotic in our region its definitely thrilling.
  It all started when I bought Avocado fruit from grocery and got to know its seed could actually germinate but wasn't sure ,in any case I was throwing it so thought of giving it try .


I prepared potting soil involving 3 : 1 ratio of Cocopeat to Compost  only , no soil at all .


                                                                   



Here's the seed after eating fruit                                                                                                              



After planting it in pot                                                                                                                              














After one month four days here's a sprout                                                                                      



Happy Gardening     !!!                                                                                                                   
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