The art of self-sufficiency

Roof gardens and rainwater harvesting will go a long way in making us less reliant on external energy sources, says Anupama Mohanram This pandemic has changed most of our lives in one way or another. We’ve been forced to stay indoors, cut down our visits to stores and even reduce our reliance on the availability … Read more The art of self-sufficiency

Attention, Wannabe Gardeners: These Indoor Plants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

OlgaMiltsovaGetty Images Don’t let those fickle fiddle leaf figs fool you. Not every houseplant requires a natural green thumb and extensive gardening expertise. These hardy indoor species can survive and even thrive despite serious neglect. “Buy something that likes to live the way you do,” advises Gwenn Fried, manager of the horticulture therapy program at … Read more Attention, Wannabe Gardeners: These Indoor Plants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

Grow your own green thumb with these DIY kits

Successive lockdowns have resulted in a spurt of amateur gardeners discovering the joy of harvesting their own produce. Now, with DIY kits, grow a dinner of spinach, microgreens and edible flowers According to gardening experts, the boom in seed sales during the past three months is the largest spike witnessed in the recent past. Interest … Read more Grow your own green thumb with these DIY kits

This cactus collector from Kerala loves to adorn his garden with thorny beauties

Sexagenarian E Balakrishnan from Kozhikode maintains over 2,500 individual plants comprising more than 200 different species, many of which are imported ones Four years ago, E Balakrishnan planted a few cacti in his terrace garden among other common house-plants. But little did the sexagenarian from Kozhikode in Kerala know that the thorny beauties would captivate … Read more This cactus collector from Kerala loves to adorn his garden with thorny beauties

How pet plants put down roots in homes and hearts around the world

  Musician Annette Philip was happy to find friends for her Herbie. Founder-director of the Berklee India Ensemble, the prestigious performance group of the revered Berklee College of Music, Annette says via email: “Herbie is my darling jade plant who’s been with me since mid-April. He’s a constant source of joy and calm.” When Annette … Read more How pet plants put down roots in homes and hearts around the world

A Kerala entrepreneur’s experiments with ‘soil-less’ gardening

From a young age, Anas Nasser loved gardening. After working with an IT start-up for a while, the MBA graduate from Aluva in Kerala felt compelled to move to a vocation “closer to my heart”. Anas says he then started “researching” eco-friendly and cost-effective methods of gardening and cultivation and realised the potential for sustainable … Read more A Kerala entrepreneur’s experiments with ‘soil-less’ gardening

How to create a fragrant garden, live on Instagram on @thehinduweekend

Art connoisseur Deepak Badhwar will explain why now is a good time to introduce lotus blooms and creepers to your garden. Most people know Deepak Badhwar as a purveyor of antique carpets, ancient art and hand-woven pashminas. Few might be aware that Badhwar is actually a trained botanist. Other than his mainstay of art and … Read more How to create a fragrant garden, live on Instagram on @thehinduweekend

12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Give Your Home a Breath of Fresh Air

KatarzynaBialasiewiczGetty Images We don’t need to give you the hard sell on houseplants: They instantly add color, vibrancy, and a breath of fresh air to your space, no matter the size. Certain greens — ferns, palms, and ivy to name a few — also detoxify the air around you, too. They also happen to be … Read more 12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Give Your Home a Breath of Fresh Air

Found: The Best Gardening Tools to Shop on Amazon Now

Arranging the best garden possible—one that’s filled with a beautiful assortment of fresh flowers, tasty vegetables, and delicious fruit—requires a great deal of work. To make it all happen, you’re going to need the right tools, whether it’s the perfect set of shears, tried-and-tested gloves, or handy weed killers. This roundup of some of the … Read more Found: The Best Gardening Tools to Shop on Amazon Now