CON­STANT GARDENER

Ur­ban gar­den­ing is in vouge. Af­ter all, the fi­nal fron­tier for space-starved city dwellers is their own patch of green.

India Today - - COVER STORY - By RIDHI KALE

When it comes to ur­ban gar­den­ing, the only lim­i­ta­tion is our imag­i­na­tion and will­ing­ness to ex­per­i­ment. From walls to in­no­va­tive con­tain­ers, ev­ery spare inch of space counts and can be used to cre­ate green mar­vels. In fact, grow­ing veg­gies and fruits at home also goes well with the rise of the or­ganic move­ment across the coun­try. With sev­eral start-ups promis­ing to help the ur­ban dweller with grow­ing greens, there re­ally is no ex­cuse not to get your hands dirty.

GAR­DEN­ING IS ON TREND

Ur­ban agri­cul­ture is go­ing to be the big­gest trend this year in ur­ban gar­den­ing. Stores that fo­cus on or­ganic prod­ucts are be­com­ing a stan­dard part of the ur­ban sup­ply chain. Ver­ti­cal gar­dens grow­ing pro­duce for the family has be­come the hottest emerg­ing trend in per­sonal gar­dens.

AN OFF­BEAT IDEA

Per­son­alise con­tain­ers in the gar­den. There is great joy and a won­der­ful story to tell when un­con­ven­tional con­tain­ers such as paint buck­ets, plas­tic bot­tles, or even a bath tub are used. COST Bal­cony gar­dens cost `25,000 up­wards, while house gar­dens cost `80,000 up­wards

IT’S TREND­ING

There are three main trends; kitchen gar­den­ing pushed for­ward by the or­ganic move­ment, ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing and go­ing green or be­ing as eco-friendly as pos­si­ble.

PLANTS THAT CAN SUR­VIVE

ANY­THING Money plant works well in­doors. In the medic­i­nal cat­e­gory aloe vera is durable. Un­der ed­i­ble plants opt for lemon grass, curry leaves, mint or ajwain. As for flow­er­ing plants, bougainvil­lea is a lovely low main­te­nance climber. Suc­cu­lents and cacti are ideal for tiny gar­dens and for­get­ful gar­den­ers, as they are drought tol­er­ant.

COST It can range any­where be­tween `500 to `1,000 per sq ft in­clu­sive of all the raw ma­te­ri­als and im­ple­men­ta­tion cost

There are three main trends, kitchen and ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing, and be­ing as eco-friendly as pos­si­ble

A ve­ran­dah de­signed by My Sunny Bal­cony

REENA CHENGAPPA, 4O CO-FOUNDER AND CEO MY SUNNY BAL­CONY, BAN­GA­LORE WWW.MYSUNNYBALCONY.COM

An ex­am­ple of ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing by iKheti

PRIYANKA AMAR SHAH, 30 ECOPRENEUR AND FOUNDER IKHETI, MUMBAI WWW.IKHETI.CO.IN

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