Growing Vegetables at home !!

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Dear Readers, spring is the most beautiful time of the year. This is the time when I start planting the seeds and making other required preparations for my vegetable garden. I thought it would be a good idea to share these ideas with many of you who are thinking about growing your own vegetables.

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Growing vegetables at home is becoming more popular these days. There are plenty of reasons as to why people like to grow things in their own garden....Some people worry about the use of chemicals/ pesticides in the vegetables and fruits, while others like to be close to nature, and find it relaxing to work in the garden. Some enthusiasts also grow rare vegetables which are hard to find in the supermarkets.... Whatever may be the reasons for thinking about growing your own vegetables; it should be fun for you, and not a chore....

I love gardening. My family shares this passion. We plant the seeds, wait for them to germinate. The seeds sprout, and then the first set of leaves appears. Kids keep an eye, and inform " Mom it is growing taller and taller". The cycle of careful watering and waiting continues. Slowly, the plants bear fruits, and the long awaited moment arrives- we enjoy the freshly picked herbs, fruits or vegetables.... When we harvest our homegrown plants, it feels like a big achievement, it is a pleasure, it is healthy, and it is satisfying to use home grown vegetables in our cooking.

I like to grow lauki (bottle gourd), Karela ( bitter gourd), different varieties of tomatoes, different varities of chilies, Eggplant, Spinach, and also some herbs such as mint, coriander (cilantro), fenugreek, basils etc.....

So if you have proper summer weather in your part of world you can easily grow vegetables at home. Many of these veggies and herbs can be grown in a pot as well. Here I am mainly talking about some vegetables which are sometimes hard to find outside India. When you find them they have already travelled hundreds of miles and are not as good and tasty as they could be...

Enjoy Gardening,
Shuchi

Some Tips/ Suggestions about Vegetable Gardening

From where to get seeds- I live in the USA and can't say about your local seed shop/ nursery. You will have to check with your local nursery for the seeds. You can also search online if they deliver seeds to your city. Lots of plants seeds like, bhutta, beans, karela, lauki etc can be made at home from the fully ripned fruit. Methi, dahniya, sarson (mustard), etc can be grown from the whole seeds we use for cooking. Hope it helps!

Growing vegetables in the pots/ containers- eggplant (Brinjal / Auburgine), squash/ bottle gourd (lauki), tomato etc can be grown in containers or pots. The answer is "yes"!! This year we planted all the vegetables in the pots. The results are awesome! I took some pictures of the pot grown veggies to encourage you and show you the final produce. Be confident and plant the veggies in the pot, water them regularly, feed them and enjoy home grown veggies.

Many of you have also asked about the most natural way to get rid of infections in the vegetable plants. We use "neem oil" which is completely natural and does not affect the fruits/vegetables and just kills the infection. Neem oil also works well on the most common disease -- powdery mildew -- of bottle gourd/ squash. Please check with your area's local nursery for detailed information about planting!! Hope it helps!!

I grow a variety of vegetables and some berries in my home garden. I have explained about growing some of the vegetables in separate pages still a lot more to write about growing vegetables. I will try to update this page on regular basis. Thanks for your patience and support. Please keep sharing your thoughts and suggestions.

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