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In this follow up series featuring Xanadu Organic Gardens, there are more landscaping and garden design ideas for your home. Over the weekend, I saw first hand the ease of maintaining an artificial grass lawn. Needless to say, the bed looks lush green throughout the year. This got me thinking into turning a part of our terrace into a tropical retreat lush with grass and Frangipani trees. Featured below is a large garden installation for a client around the house from picket fencing to several green nooks around the house. In an independent house or villa, you will often see…

This morning, I was reading an article on New York Times about Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, the founder of Apartment Therapy. He says,” the house itself is by far the least important thing. What really matters is creating a place where you can get out of your brain and into your body.” For city-dwellers, the place that helps you detach from the mind is nature.   Plants make life in the big city bearable, the air breathable, worries distant, and have a calming effect like no other. And, I write this post from the green oasis we have created for ourselves. The focus is…

Five vegetables you can grow in pots all around the year is one of the most viewed posts on the blog. And, another often searched item is ” how to grow tomatoes in pots at home”. I’m not surprised because the price of tomatoes varies substantially all through the years. Sometimes, they are available at throwaway prices and sometimes they are priced like gold. Nevertheless, becoming self sufficient for tomatoes, chillies has been a gardening goal for us. We have not bought papayas, pomegranates, lemons, basil, curry leaves and chilly from the market for the past year. I would like…

I ran a poll on our Facebook page a few weeks ago asking what you would like to see: a post on balcony garden or accent walls? An overwhelming majority of you voted in favor of balcony garden. Understandably so, given that we all live in concrete jungles, but have fond childhood memories of growing up amid greenery. Garden space is a luxury for most urban apartment dwellers. I’m using 18 beautiful balcony gardens designed by Livspace to illustrate how you can create a green haven for yourself irrespective of how little space you have with this guide. I have dissected…

Looking for a home remedy (concoction) to cure that nagging running nose or cold?   A home that smells as heavenly as a spa.   Some aromatic herbs to garnish your dinner – freshly picked from the garden.   A herb infused flavorful water to quench the thirst during summer.   A heady aroma filling your bedroom that will gradually lull you to sleep.   Or, a natural sweetener for your diabetic mom?   What if I told you I have more than 15 fascinating herbs growing in all corners of my house from windowsills to terrace and balcony that…

You know what the hardest part of gardening is? Atleast, it is for me. Getting the seeds to germinate, and of course, dealing with pests the organic way.   Germinating seeds might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a game of patience. One that I never seem to crack for seeds like peppers/capsicum. Have you ever wandered into a nursery and looked with awe at those neatly lined seedlings in a tray? I would wonder either they have magic fingers, or there is a trick behind this 100% germination rate.   I haven’t cracked the code yet, but I guess it’s…

Winter is one time of the year when you can expect your vegetable garden to really thrive, from my experience. There is very little that can go wrong. In summer, you face the risk of plants getting scorched or dried up if you forget to water them at least once a day. On the other hand, monsoon brings with it deadly tales of pests and creepy crawlies of all kinds. That’s why when it comes to gardening, I love winters. The vegetables are fresh in the market, and the variety endless from carrots to spinach. I personally feel we consume the…

The brief showers during the summer did wonders to my terrace garden. Here’s a sneak peek into what’s growing in my garden now. The whole inventory: Vegetables: Tomato – 5 Okra – 2, 1 guava, 3 tomato plants, 2 okra, Bottle gourd – 1 Beans -4  (just planted), 1 guava, 3 tomato plants, 2 okra, Drumstick – 1 (not yet flowering) Radish – about 8 of them Spinach Herbs: Coriander – 1 sqft by 1 sq ft patch Methi – 1 sqft. by 1 sqft. patch Basil – 2 Lemon grass – 1 Brahmi – 1 Betel – 1 Ajwain…

I spend on hour tending to my garden every day – watering, weeding, harvesting, sowing, fertilizing, nurturing, changing their positions, planting companion flowers or garlic, and just saying hello to them ensuring the sun is not too harsh during the day. That’s my therapy for the day – my way of forgetting life’s thorns for the moment. My heart sinks when they are affected by pests, the leaves turn yellow, those white mealy bugs take over the stem, or when I find a lot of ants around the plant I know danger is lurking around the corner.  At the same…

Gardening is a mindful activity. Having my ginger tea in the morning on this bench over the weekends is soothing and sets the tone for the day. This piece of green was what appealed to both of us about this house. A garden can also be high maintenance if not tended to every morning. I spend about 20-30 minutes on an average each morning after son goes to school to deweed and water the plants in the terrace and lawn. Every Sunday morning, I add manure. So except trimming the grass once a month, there is nothing much for a…