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DO COMPANION PLANTS REALLY HELP?

Certainly!  They do really help. It’s just like putting old wine in new bottles. Companion plants known for ages are trending now. They are grown to enrich and benefit the other plant besides helping them to deter pests. Sometimes, they help for the growth by attracting insects that are beneficial […]

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FROM THE VINEYARD!!!

Growing grapes at the backyard is more fascinating than growing tomatoes. My tomato plants withered completely due to accumulation of mealy bugs.  But, the plant gave a good yield of plump berries! Grapes grow mostly in temperate regions. Growing them in hot climate like in Chennai is more challenging… To […]

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UTTERLY BITTERLY BUTTERY GOURD

It feels so good to be in the garden every morning. Monsoon is here… I was cleaning up the trellis to remove dry leaves from the bitter gourd plant. Bitter gourd is one of the easiest vines to grow at the backyard. They thrive well in all seasons. This time, […]

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DAZZLING SCARLET FURRY BALLS !

As an apprentice still learning the art of gardening, one thing I was sure about growing bulbs! They are much easier to grow than any other plants. Amidst all, they give the endeavor of serenity with their myriad hues of flowers. Bury them in the soil and they will sprout […]

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LET’S GO BERRYING!!

Are tomatoes easier to grow? Certainly No! It needs a lot of care especially to keep it pest free. It takes a great deal to protect them from the grueling eyes of grasshopper and mealy bugs. It’s tiresome to ward-off them! Growing it from seed gets more complicated. Whenever I sow […]

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MESMERIZING HUES OF BALSAM FLOWER

Monsoon showers left colorful imprints in the garden.  Balsam plant, a species of Impatiens is widespread with lush greens and colorful flowers in the garden. Purple, pink, crimson and white… mesmerizing hues decks the borders artistically. The balsam flower seems like clusters of little roses. And those tiny clusters remind […]

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SUNDAY HARVEST: GREENS – AMARANTHUS

Amaranthus are easy to grow and require well-drained soil.  They thrive well in hot summer. The only pest that, I need to keep an eye on would be grasshoppers. Harvest the leaves before it starts flowering. I’ve two varieties – Green and Red Amaranth. They are rich source of Manganese.  When […]

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SUNDAY HARVEST: SHALLOTS & GINGER

Here comes the scorching heat!!  It is set to last until the end of May. Today, I spent most of the time at my garden in building trellis for the tomato plants. Ginger plant and shallots leaves almost dried off. Though the harvest is not plenty, happy to pick fresh shallots and […]