My Green Thumb

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Gardening, like other skills in life, needs to be developed. Gardening can be learned through trial and error. As a child, I used to get excited watching my mom grow all sorts of vegetables in a pot. She knew very little about gardening nor had access to any information on it, but anything she planted would grow prolifically. Being the youngest, I would bag the honor of plucking the ripened fruit or vegetable and I would dream of having my own garden when I grew up. It took me ages to have a garden and I barely grew anything in my backyard.I take a stroll I the garden every morning and talk to my precious plants.

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I had a small patch in my backyard which had a guava, lemon, curry leaves,a papaya tree and some watermelon and muskmelon too grew once . Strangely fruit bearing trees die suddenly. Twice my lemon tree died when it had almost 100 fruit on it. A mango tree also died all of a sudden.

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20150206_080718In south India, we get tiny lemons but the lemons from my tree were the size of a tennis ball and the envy of the neighborhood. I always share them with family and friends. Many have made pickles too.

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I have a medium size guava tree that gives few fruits but each is a gourmet’s delight. It weighs almost two and a half pounds each and is very unlike any local fruit available. It is firm but at the same time sweet and delicious. I have shared them with my office colleagues, family, and friends and each one places an order for the next fruit on the tree!

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A small mango tree growing in a cement pot bears a few fruit biannually. The raw mango I use to make lemon rice or pickles while the ripe is devoured by yours truly.

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008Another thing that grows profusely and without any fuss is mango ginger. Yes, it is ginger with the flavor of mango. I planted one piece a few years ago and every Jan, I harvest about six pounds of ginger.

I have no clue about how to keep plants alive but yet I have maintained a fairly healthy garden. I have been writing articles on spectacular gardens in my city and wondering how I can grow some organic vegetables.

Recently, I attended a seminar on organic terrace gardening and one of the speakers distributed a few mixed seeds. I just randomly scattered them on a tiny patch and within a week, I had so many plants growing all over. I had no trellis or cage and I guided the vines of the ridged gourd, cucumber, and yard long beans onto my clothes line.

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CaptureIMG_9777While visiting a village recently, I was offered goat manure and I used that as compost for these vegetables. In four feet by three feet piece of soil, I had green chilies, cherry tomatoes, ridged gourd, yard long beans, cucumber, a little spinach here and fenugreek there. I started harvesting the veggies in ten days and my joy had no bounds at this heavenly produce.

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Now I am determined to grow more vegetables and I have cleared and dug up my lawn for the same.  Gardening or planting gives me a lot of happiness and it is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes 🙂

Watch this space for more updates on my green thumb.

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kalpana says:

    I need a hundred eyes to devour your pics!! A garden and more so a vegetable and fruit bearing one in a mini heaven on earth!! When I came last I hardly had the time….but took a stroll in the garden. Your little mango tree , all of two feet height was bent with fruit….bunches of them. My eyes literally popped out!! Now I see veggies that make me drool…..Phulo phalo…..tere bageeche ko kisika nazar na lage….aur tere aangan har rang se bhaara rahe……

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  2. Wah wah! Thank u thank u! Your comments are more verbose than my posts 🙂 Telling u again…that u should start writing girl! The garden is becoming a source of joy and planning to take it further. Hope your wishes come true! :*

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    1. Kalpana says:

      With the first hint of rain I know your front lawn space will be a veggie garden…hope to come and enjoy its bounty! Thanks for your compliment….i haven’t got that kick to write as yet. I mean being in that zone…mood.

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  3. Just plunge in babes…u will do great! We r evergreens and take it as a challenge 🙂
    I am still trying to kill the grass and weeds..lets see…..and you are welcome any time!

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