Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Succumbing to temptation - The Neem Bonsai

I have been wanting to attend the Bonsai class conducted by Veena Nanda at Sunshine Garden Botique. But each time they set up a class something comes up and I am not able to go. I went there to inform them that I will not be able to attend the current batch. And then I saw this






















THE NEEM BONSAI

Just could not resist it. I have always wanted to grow a Neem Bonsai. It would definitely take many years from seed and that too if it gets started. So I thought why not get something that is a few years old and then make it into a Bonsai. The tree now stands tall(is that not a misnomer)   among other plants in my balcony. What better way to get rid the pests that to have a Neem tree in the garden
You can visit the Sunshine Garden Botique facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunshines-Garden-Boutique/133826723192
They provide some useful tips on a daily basis for Bonsai and gardens in general.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Lalbagh Flower Show - Purchase List

After seeing the flowers shows and longing for the Bonsai it was time to do some serious shopping. Like I mentioned there were many stalls selling plants and gardening paraphernalia.



  Seeding Trays
 Cocopeat, Perlite and Vermiculture
 Cocopeat



Seeds

Will have to start using all these very very soon. Have been spending all time since the flower show in improving the plant quality in my garden. Seeding should start in the next couple of weeks. Once the saplings are ready they will be available for personal use and distribution to those interested. Just leave a comment with your email and I will get back to you. Wish me luck for germination.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lalbagh Flower Show - The one where I stopped in my tracks

I posted some pictures from the Lalbagh flower show here. Along with the flower show comes a lot of commercial activity inside of Lalbagh. Many stalls selling garden equipment, garden tools and seeds. Nurseries selling plants. My friends from the Jeevan Bhima Nagar Nursery were also there. I frequently visit this nursery just to visit, get materials and obviously the plants. There was this one stall/nursery/display that I walked to as the crow flies as soon as I saw the signage. Being too excited to look at what was inside I ended up not getting good photographs. However, the one below shows what I am talking about.

From LALBAGH

Yes, there was this beautiful Bonsai show that was going on by these group of people from Eden Flora. If you look closely below the plastic containers you can see their signage. They had exhibits of various sizes of Bonsai trees. It was so impressive. The one that really caught my attention was the one below. I spoke about it in another post, but when I saw it there I just stopped in my tracks. The Bonsai Gulmohur.


Flowering season is over now. But just imagine the umbrella of red/orange enveloping the tree top. Just an amazing sight. Now one might wonder why I did not bring this guy back home. Well if you want it you better hold your breath, it costs a whopping Rs. 12000. It is probably worth that much but I definitely cannot invest that amount right now without knowing how to maintain the Bonsai. Even otherwise that is a big hit on the purse. So all I can do is to look at these pictures and hope I get to grow one of these sometime later.

Growing TREES on your terrace

Yes you read it right. Trees. Here is a wonderful video of this lady from Kerala who is growing trees on her rooftop. The video is not in Malayalam, not a language that I can understand, but the message in the video was excellent. A definite must see for those who want to grow their own vegetables at home.




Thanks to Panchagavya for referring me to this video.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lalbagh Flower Show

I too went to Lalbagh's indenpendence day flower show on Saturday. This is the first time in my six years in Bangalore that I am going to the flower show. Lalbagh sets up the garden with color all over the place with various varieties of flowers. Surprisingly there were also a large number of container grown vegetables on display. This was the best part of my trip to the park. I also got an idea of the size of pots that I will be needing to grow various vegetables. There was this one part of the trip where I just wanted to stop and stare for a looong time. That deserves a separate blog post. Let me stop writing and share the pictures from the visit.

Slideshow





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LALBAGH

Thursday, August 12, 2010

EMG: My first harvest

Well, this may sound very naive but I am very excited about the first harvest from my garden. What do I mean by harvest. Anything that I grow from my garden and eat/drink on regular basis. I know the tomatoes and capsicum will take its own sweet time. So to hurry things up I tried wheat grass. And here is my first harvest.

All you need to do is buy some wheat from the local store. Soak about 40-50 seeds overnight and immerse them into the soil, about a centimeter down. In two days shoots will be visible and within a week you will have your first harvest of wheat grass. Cut it 1 centimeter above the soil and let it produce the next growth within a week. Clean the cut grass and use a mixie(ok blender) for the juice. Filter and drink the juice. It tastes grassy(wonder why). Wheat grass juice is supposedly very healthy and all nutrional facts can be found through google.



Though I have grown the first lot purely for harvesting purpose, I am seriously considering adding it in a nice square container in some corner of the room for adding some color. Growing wheat grass requires no maintenance and provides you with a healthy option. It is definitely belongs to the EMG category. Try it and let me know what you thought about the juice.