×
Home Companies Industry Politics Money Opinion LoungeMultimedia Science Education Sports TechnologyConsumerSpecialsMint on Sunday
×

“Meditation gardens are designed to reconnect us with the nature”

“Meditation gardens are designed to reconnect us with the nature”
Comment E-mail Print Share
First Published: Sat, Nov 24 2007. 12 19 AM IST

Orchids thrive in the humidity of Mumbai
Orchids thrive in the humidity of Mumbai
Updated: Sat, Nov 24 2007. 12 19 AM IST
What is a meditation garden? How should you build one?
A meditation garden is a sanctuary for relaxation, reflection and inner stillness. It’s always a great place to unwind, contemplate and relax, in any season. Meditation gardens are designed to reconnect us with the nature that supports us all—through green plants, water, rocks and objects that provide us with a sense of peace. It should be designed in a small garden space, but the space should be filled with intensive planting technique. Choose a small statue of your choice (such as a statue of the Buddha) and place it under a well-designed Bonsai tree. Now landscape outwards from that focal point. Use a small water feature, such as a bird bath with rocks and pebbles. Keep in mind that there should be a small patio where you can sit and meditate. The patio can be made of concrete pavers. Add plants you enjoy, then sit back and relax.
Orchids thrive in the humidity of Mumbai
Is it possible to grow orchids in Mumbai? What do I need to do to grow them?
Many people want to grow orchids but don’t due to the fear that they are too difficult to take care of. The truth is, many orchids are not at all hard to grow. It only takes patience and basic information on their care. Orchids love humid climates, so you can grow them in Mumbai. Keep in mind that orchids don’t grow in dirt like other plants. You will need to get a mixture of charcoal, sphagnum moss, bark and other ingredients from the market. Orchid roots need to be exposed to air, or the plant will die. There are wooden baskets and ceramic orchid pots, with holes along the sides and the bottom, available in the market. Line the pot with sphagnum moss at the bottom and use the bark mixture inside it. When you buy a new orchid plant, take it out of the mixture it is currently growing in, and plant it in a fresh bark mixture. Surround the roots loosely so they can breathe. Feed the orchid weak orchid food every other week. Do not use strong feed or the leaves will burn. They love moisture, but spray them with water lightly. With a little time and love, your orchid will bloom into a beauty.
Write to Sameer at decordilemma@livemint.com
Comment E-mail Print Share
First Published: Sat, Nov 24 2007. 12 19 AM IST