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For the constant gardener

For the constant gardener
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First Published: Fri, Sep 24 2010. 07 10 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Sep 24 2010. 07 10 PM IST
No water woes
Adopt xeriscaping, a new concept in landscaping, to save water. Introduced in 1980, xeriscaping is a practical and aesthetic approach to cultivating small gardens. It focuses on low-maintenance and drought-resistant plants, both permanent and seasonal, and that doesn’t mean only desert plants or those of the cactus species.
Self-generative plants such as sunflower and portulaca in summer, and poppies, coreopsis and periwinkle in winter, come in this category. In shrubs, choose juniper, agave and yucca; in trees choose pine, oak, peepal; for ground cover choose tradescantia, aloe vera and ivy; and for medicinal purposes, choose Calotropis procera, commonly called aak.
Adopt xeriscaping, a new concept in landscaping, to save water. Introduced in 1980, xeriscaping is a practical and aesthetic approach to cultivating small gardens. It focuses on low-maintenance and drought-resistant plants, both permanent and seasonal, and that doesn’t mean only desert plants or those of the cactus species.
Quick growth
For quick germination of flowers or vegetables, don’t put them in the soil, as is usually the practice. Instead, wrap the seeds in clean surgical cotton and soak the cotton with water. Sprinkle water over it so that it is always wet. In a day or two, when you notice that the seeds have germinated (and started to sprout), open the cotton ball and plant the germinated seeds in the soil. Water the soil lightly and regularly until the seeds become plants.
Do your own gardening
These cute plastic and steel gardening tools with paint and varnish will tempt you to get your hands dirty in the garden. The shovel and rake are ideal for turning soil or gathering leaves, Rs 210 each, Pylones@Taabir, at Select Citywalk mall, Saket, New Delhi; and Grand Galleria, Phoenix Mills, Mumbai.
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First Published: Fri, Sep 24 2010. 07 10 PM IST