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Plant summer vegetable seeds in March

  Plant organic summer vegetables to obtain fresh harvest straight from your garden. Cucurbits (Pumpkin, Cucumber, Squash, Bitter gourd, Bottle gourd), Tomato, Brinjal, French Bean, Capsicum & ladyfinger are sown in various parts of India, while in hilly regions, specifically, Lettuce, Garlic, French bean, Peas, Brinjal, Spinach, Capsicum, Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, & Beetroots can be grown. Just make sure plant seeds only after the last frost passes.  How to grow? Before sowing, soak seeds in the water and check for any floating ones. Discard them, and keep the remaining seeds for 10-12 hours. After this, strain the healthy seeds from the water with the help of a sieve. Place the sieve in a big container and cover it with...

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PROPAGATION TECHNIQUE OF ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

Propagation: Propagation is the multiplication of plants with which a new plant can be generated from any of the parent plant parts. The part could be seed, bulb, leaf or stem. The best time to propagate most of the plants is during the spring/early summer when there is an adequate amount of sunlight and a new growth begins to form.  We have already talked about bulb propagation (FLOWERING BULBS) in our previous blog.  Things needed: Pots, Pebbles, Potting mix (For foliage and succulent plants), Pruning shears/Scissors, Rooting hormones, Plant with babies/Long creepers, Glass bottles, Baking soda/Neem oil, Water Before starting the propagation:  Wear gloves. Some plants might produce sticky sap that could damage the floor and irritate your skin. Clean...

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FLOWERING BULBS

What is a bulb? A bulb is a rounded part of the stem. Like seeds, many flowering plants can be propagated through bulbs. Unlike seeds, we have to wait comparatively more for seeing bulbs developing into beautiful flowers. Bulbs are mostly perennials.  Types of bulbs Winter bulbs: Winter bulbs are hardy bulbs. They require a long cold period to break their resting period (Dormancy) and are planted in fall (September- mid-November). They spend their winter in the soil and blooms in the spring season (February- March). Some of our favourite winter bulbs are Daffodils, Hyacinth, Tulips, Irises, Crocus, and Allium. Spring bulbs: These are tender ones and are planted in the spring (January- February) to obtain vibrant blooms throughout the summer...

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Terrarium Making

What is a Terrarium? A terrarium is simply a garden designed in a glass container which has a collection of small, ornamental plants in a partially or fully enclosed space. Things needed Transparent glass vessel: Prefer partially open glass containers, as with closed containers, you may face condensation and fungal infection problems. Small decorative stones Small charcoal pieces Potting soil Plants for terrarium making: Choose small plants preferably which are humidity loving for your terrarium. Some succulents like snake plants, mini cacti and foliage plants such as fittonia, starfish plant, pothos, dracaena, small ferns, creeping fig, prayer plant, lucky bamboo and air plants can be used. Succulents and cacti are not humidity loving, so we can choose containers that have...

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Homemade garden fertilizers

What are fertilizers? A fertilizer is literally the plant food that can be either mixture of the chemicals or it can be something natural which is used for enhancing the growth of plants.   You can simply prepare your own homemade fertilizers with easily available kitchen ingredients. Fertilizers mainly contain three major macronutrients i.e NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium). Nitrogen helps in increasing the number of leaves and health of the plant, while phosphorus is an essential nutrient for flowering plants and potassium maintains the overall growth of the plant. It protects the plant against various diseases and pest attack. So let’s start with the process! Onion peel fertilizer Soak three handfuls of onion peels in one litre of water and leave...

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