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        How does your

        garden grow?

        You don’t need oodles of space or fancy equipment
        to nurture lovely flowers or luscious veggies,
        writes Sheila Jain

        I will be 70 soon, but I don’t feel it because my     not always possible for you to go to a nursery. In
        hobbies keep me going. Among other hobbies,           fact, your kitchen is your seed house. You can
        gardening is my passion. I work for four hours        grow mint, methi, haldi, karela, tomato, red, yel-
        regularly in my small garden.                         low and green peppers, coriander, ginger, onion,
         Gardening is meditation to me. It is my joy          potato and green chilli easily.
        time, gratitude time. I forget myself when I am        You can dry and use as seeds, the puja flowers
        surrounded by plants. I talk to them, bathe           that you get. Grow these in baskets or pots. You
        them, feed them and even dress them by shap-          can be very creative.
        ing or putting a knot or stitch to make it straight.
         If you have a hobby in your old age your mind        The benefits
        will be alert. You will keep planning to do so        Every time you achieve something you will feel
        much in the garden that you will not age sud-         so happy, and in return you will be grateful so
        denly.                                                keep thanking God for all these creations. When
                                                              you are in contact with Mother Earth you will
        What do you need?                                     get energy from there.

        You don’t need a garden to do gardening. In a          For gardening, reuse and utilise things that are
        flat you have balconies, where you can grow           lying as waste.
        multiple hanging baskets and pots. You don’t           Always grow vegetables of one type in 2-3 pots
        even have to buy baskets, you must be hav-            so that you get some yield.
        ing old plastic colanders. Put coconut fibre all       When I get 5-6 bhindi from my garden, I am on
        around or a fine mesh that you get from potato        top of this world and enjoy every bite of it.
         If you don’t want to buy soil, you can even
        make your own compost in a covered bucket or
        earthen ghada. Fill this container with kitchen
        waste but not cooked food, all raw vegetable
        and fruit peels, eggshells, tea leaves, even dry
        flowers from a bouquet can be put. Cover with a
        layer of soil, cover the lid and keep aside.  In 2-3
        months, compost will be ready.

        What about plants?

        There is no urgent need to buy plants, as it is
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