Vriksha nursery

Vriksha nursery is a second generation nursery based in Mumbai where we strive to change the face of urban gardening in India with over 25,000 gardens executed in Maharashtra/Goa/Gujarat. We have a team of dedicated professionals who will leave no stone unturned to give you gardens of the utmost quality. Vriksha nursery has been synonymous with innovation in our field be it set landscaping(over 15000 teleserials/movies/adfilms), temporary landscapes (over 2500 exhibitions and weddings),ikebana flower arrangements, urban farming, rooftop gardens,living walls etc.
contact us :9820704069 Email: shaan_lalwani@hotmail.com
or better still
Drop by at: 1 ganga apts ,
irla railway soc(2nd last bungalow lane opp papilon hotel )
mumbai 400056.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The legend of the mistletoe:the plant,the fable and its medicinal uses!!

Mistletoe is one of the most famous symbols of Christmas and also the most recognizable; it is one of the most sacred and magical plants in Christian folklore. The sprigs of this plant are extensively used in Christmas decorations and it is also believed that the plant can protect the house from lightening and fire. This is why many people also leave the sprigs all the year round. There is also a traditional belief that mistletoe is a plant of peace and that a kiss under this plant ensures undying love and friendship. The belief that no lady standing under decorated mistletoe can refuse to be kissed, is obviously a major attraction for young men. And a kiss under mistletoe is often interpreted as a proposal of marriage. Though most of these beliefs and superstitions are of pagan significance, they are still prevalent in all their glory; the legend of mistletoe being a widely celebrated one.
What is a mistletoe?
Mistletoe is especially interesting botanically because it is a partial parasite (a "hemiparasite"). As a parasitic plant, it grows on the branches or trunk of a tree and actually sends out roots that penetrate into the tree and take up nutrients. But mistletoe is also capable for growing on its own; like other plants it can produce its own food by photosynthesis. Mistletoe, however, is more commonly found growing as a parasitic plant. There are two types of mistletoe. The mistletoe that is commonly used as a Christmas decoration (Phoradendron flavescens) is native to North America and grows as a parasite on trees.
The word "mistletoe" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words, "mistel" (dung) and "tan" (twig) -- misteltan is the Old English version of mistletoe. It's thought that the plant is named after bird droppings on a branch One of the beliefs in the early centuries was that mistletoe grew from birds. People used to believe that, rather than just passing through birds in the form of seeds, the mistletoe plant was an inherent result of birds landing in the branches of trees.
The Legend:
Mistletoe is also said to be a sexual symbol, because of the consistency and color of the berry juice as well as the belief that it is an aphrodisiac, the “soul” of the oak from which it grows the mystical power of mistletoe, and the tradition of kissing under this plant, owes its origin to the legend of Goddess Frigga and her son Balder. Frigga was the Goddess of Love and her son, Balder, was the God of the Summer Sun. Once, Balder dreamt of his death. He was obviously worried and told his mother about the strange dream. Frigga was worried not only for the life of her son but also for the life on Earth because she knew that without Balder, all life on Earth would come to an end. Thus, she did her utmost to avoid such a mishap by going everywhere and appealing to every being in air, water, fire and earth, to promise her that they would never harm her son. She was promised the safety of her son by every animal and plant under and above the Earth. However, Loki, the God of Evil, who was an enemy of Balder and always had evil designs in his mind, was aware that there was one plant that Frigga had overlooked. It grew on apple and oak trees and was known as Mistletoe. Thus, Loki made an arrow and placed a sprig of this plant at its tip. He then beguiled Hoder, the blind brother of Balder and the God of Winter, and made him shoot this arrow at Balder. Balder immediately died and everybody was worried as the Earth turned cold and life became dreary. For the next three days, every creature tried to bring Balder back to life but he was revived only by Frigga and with the help of mistletoe. Her tears on the plant became pearly white berries and she blessed it such that anyone who stands under the mistletoe would never be harmed and would be entitled to a kiss as a token of love...
The Medicinal Uses:
Available clinical evidence does not support claims of anti-cancer effect, quality of life, or other outcomes from the use of mistletoe extract.
Mistletoe leaves and young twigs are used by herbalists, and it is popular in Europe, especially in Germany, for treating circulatory and respiratory system problems. Use of mistletoe extract in the treatment of cancer originated with Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy. He compared the parasitic nature of the mistletoe plant to that of cancer, and believed that cancer represents a faltering of the body's spiritual defenses. Some anthroposophical mistletoe preparations are diluted homeopathically. Mistletoe extract is sold as Iscador, Helixor, and several other trade names.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Feng shui: the science of rearranging furniture to enhance your life!

OK in know this is a touchey topic ...i know loads out people out there firmly put faith in this so called science but im sorry i just dont get it...is a system of beliefs which proclaim that the forces which govern the Heavens and Earth and drive all cosmic interactions have nothing better to do than complain about furniture or building arrangements, thus u can also call it simply The ancient oriental art of knocking holes in buildings.
Over the years India has imported loads of silly things from China toxic plastic toys,bad quality phones,those really annoying Chinese lanterns we get during Diwali...but by far the stupidst import has to be Feng Shui.iv got clients who have driven me up the walls cause some feng shui expert says their garden is bringing them BAD FORTUNE! so this delusional so called expert of an imaginary science has made them spend more than 3 times their original garden estimate cause his pseudo science told him a perfectly beautiful garden is the reason their business is suffering...dude wtf! so i decided to find out a little more about this SCIENCE....

Origin: Feng Shui first came into being when a poor-quality carpenter who made poor quality furniture was forced into poverty. When he realised that no one was buying his cheap flat-pack dining tables, he was forced to begin robbing houses. Having neither brains nor brawn, he did this in broad daylight, causing some concern in the local neighborhood. His methods involved lots of insulting and shouting at the owners of the house, destroying their living and dining areas, leaving toilet seats up, taking large sums of money and facing north.
People quickly began to notice that after their houses were obliterated, all their money stolen and the often delicate treatise on toilet seat positioning being thrown into disarray, their lives improved soon after. For example, the fact that no one was obliterating, stealing or throwing into disarray any of their possessions.

Word spread quickly of the new luck people could find by giving a failed furniture maker large amounts of money and have him ruin their house. This was compounded by the main form of communication at the time; Semaphore. Over enthusiastic chatting led to the accidental demolition of many homes, which in turn led to many people being forced to turn to Feng Shui to make a living.Criminal activity quickly developed into an art, with plans being drawn up for new and interesting way to extract money of house owners via placement/burning/theft of furniture. It was at this time that some other people, far removed from people previously mentioned, found that by not destroying the furniture, some could be stolen and sold. This lasted all of four days, and the art quickly became the crime we all know and love today.


1)RED DOORS: The idea of the red door is that red (a substitute for the fire element) will always bring good luck, so it must be on the door to bring good luck in from the entrance.hahahhahahahahah.....im not big on style or interior design but absolutely any1 with basic color sense can say this travesty of a red door is just plain wrong...so if coloring your door brings you luck why the hell is it that the only time i see red doors in the city are in cheap chineez joints by the road side serving stale tripple sejwaan!
A very wise man in an interview once said" love is the color of love and danger" this wise man was a dear friend of mine,if only he had said red is the color of luck and doors!sigh!

2)UGLY ARTIFACTS:frogs, Chinese folklore heroes, dragons,laughing fat Buddhas....all made of plaster of Paris coated with lead paints these ghastly so called artifacts are littered all over these feng shui stores all over town...imported by the bulk ...i just cant believe people buy these. A Chinese warrior statute mas produced in a small warehouse by kids wont scare away ghosts...frogs kissing wont get you love...sheesh i wonder how we let superstitions get the better of us..these SHOWPIECES are neither decorative nor a good gift...

3)WIND CHIMES:are chimes constructed from suspended tubes, rods, bells or other objects and are often made of metal or wood. Wind chimes are usually hung outside of a building or residence, as a visual and aural garden ornament, and are to be played by the wind. It is said that these bells were originally intended to frighten away any lurking evil spirits going by what feng shui says ghosts in china must be freegin cowards! who de hell can get scared of ting a ling ting ting sounds! if you find that sound melodious or sweet or any thing like that pls get your ears tested ....
4)WATER FEATURES IN FRONT OF THE DOORS:Water can be very powerful to create more financial success in a building.In india the government provides us with several water features in front our our buildings...pothole puddles,man holes,open drains...where the hell is our financial success...if this water feature thingi worked people living in slums along the gutter would be millionaires...and the funny thing is the water features are rarely decorative...they always have to be ugly...gold..with a crystal ball waterfall!
5)LUCKY BAMBOOS..YES YES..BONSAI...NO NOOO!! :Lucky Bamboo is one of the most popular feng shui cures. In traditional feng shui, the lucky bamboo is used to attract health, happiness, love and abundance.1st of all that plant is not a bamboo this poor confused drachenas are kept soilless nutirentless,in chemical jellies and this is suppose to bring you happiness...Bonsai's on the other hand is discouraged cause it apparently stunts the development and well being of the area...i have 3500 bonsais and trust me nothing has stunted hurt or minutely affected the happiness/growth levels in the nursery.

Ok i know my views are a little biased...feel free to drop me your opinion...honestly id love to know what you guys think about this so called science!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday Morning Madness!!!!

its 5.30 on a Monday...and while half de world is snoozing their alarms we at Vriksha are up and on the run...Iv never really mentioned this on my blog but my mom is an Ikebana flower arrangement expert ...and she has been creating floral arrangements for over 2 decades....there are 12 offices she goes to every Monday...though im daft at ikebana iv been driving her to the market for about 7 years.

By the time i get there its 6.15 but the market is goin crazy...flowers from all over the world packed in cardboard boxes have arrived.gopi(one of the vendors)has unloaded these beautiful trailing pink heleconias he calls them let me quote"SAKXY PINK" the vasai based grower has become quite the legend in the market with his varieties.
We head down the market lane and its packed...u think ur trains are crowded try the Dardar market.... madame yeh le lo....madam yeh le lo...each street vendor is pitching mom their flowers but maa knows exactly what she wants ...her bargaining skills are legendary i just stand back n let her inner gujju take over...
the right side there are these ladies they have raided a late night wedding ...in baskets they display their broken short stemmed flowers...
and in a market where flowers are neatly packed according to size color shape etc these women have displayed their beautiful mess...its a riot of color they don't know the name of the flowers or the market value 100 rs ka sab(100 rs for all)...and though its a steal the flowers are too damaged to last a week.but their noise is amusing to all the little girl sitting by her mother sips on hot chai midst the madness.
there's a little tradition that has started from the time im back from the UK ...
sitting on an idle afternoon in Sheffield id told my adorable girlfriend that every Monday ill get you flowers...she laughed it of back then... and in the 3 years that we have been back iv not missed a monday...nor has she not had a huge smile on every Monday evening when i hand over the flowers.
The markets got so much variety...the colors,shapes,forms of flowers ....and though they look stunning iv always had this moral dilemma is it right to cut these long stemmed beauties in the prime box them up clean them arrange them to end up at such contrasting places.
Flower industry is a multi billion dollar industry ...Cut flowers are often grown outside of the india in countries where environmental regulations just aren't as strict. chemicals such as DDT, which are now outlawed in most countries, are still frequently used. When DDT inevitably finds its way into the environment, generally through the water, it has a hugely detrimental effect on birds and animals.As i think about this i wonder if these bengali babus who have come to the city to sell these flowers know what their flowers are dong to the world.
passing under the bridge through the garland sellers area there are 3 cops making what can only assume a garland for an elephant(sheesh! they made me delete the pic)...it was for some visiting political leader. the vendor was pissed as hell...either he supported another party or he knew he wasn't gona get paid a dime...!
the marigold or as they locally call it gonda are in big demand today the shop always has nun's,poojaries here buying these flowers by the kilo...the marathi mama that stands by the counter is grumpier than usual and for some strange reason is moaning about the falling rupee...the bees are here in full attendance and i chuckle at the thought of saritas reaction if she was around.
with a boot full of flowers its time to head 7.30 moms getting late...and she isnt amused by me walking around with my camera and clicking random images ...the market is a place full of extremities beautiful boxes of flowers by a dustbin ,rich ladies haggling for pennies with poor dhoti clad vendors,kids sipping chai and students walking past them with their fancy 100 buck coffees.The market creates a royal mess and any1 traveling towards town would stand witness to this...the bmc is more interested in taking flowers for free rather than keeping the market clean.but in this mess i have my Monday moment of madness...and as i look at the various facebook status of how people hate Mondays i know iv made the right moves in life.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The death of the real Christmas tree!!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer"
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap- happiest season of all

....the poinsettias are in bloom,so are the phittunias...its the season where plant sales hit the roof and as a nurseryman i stand witness to the madness.While there is no crystal clear answer to the age-old “real versus fake” Christmas tree debate .iv witnessed first hand the diminishing christmas tree sales ...back in my dads time december was a day where almost 8-12 trees were sold each day but today its hard to even sell 2.

Artificial trees do offer a long-term solution for your Christmas tree decorating needs. And I have to admit, the latest generation of “fake” trees don’t look that fake. They’ve come a long way from the first artificial trees that were actually manufactured by a toilet brush company. That’s right, the first artificial tree was pretty much a really tall, green, toilet brush. But today, until you get close, you’d be hard pressed to distinguish the artificial trees from the real thing… except of course for the missing fresh pine smell.Fake trees are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)which is a petroleum-derived plastic. Producing this type of plastic creates a lot of pollution, and PVC is difficult to recycle.the manufacturers use lead and other additives that have been linked to liver, kidney, neurological, and reproductive system damage in lab studies on animals. Economically, artificial trees can also be easier on your wallet. For the cost of a single large live tree, you can purchase an artificial tree that looks the same but will last for several holiday seasons.

Cons of Fake Christmas Trees

-Incredibly hard to clean. Dust accumulates on trees and is virtually impossible to clean.

-There are large amounts of energy used to produce a plastic Christmas tree.

-There's no way to recycle a Christmas tree, just to pass the tree down to someone else who may need or want it.
An artificial tree may be used for 5, 10, or 15 years… but eventually it will be disposed of it in favor of something new. Unfortunately artificial trees are not biodegradable and cannot be recycled, so their disposal has a significant impact to the environment. If disposed in a landfill, artificial trees will never breakdown but rather permanently remain in landfills

Pros of Fake Christmas Trees

-Cost effective. Buy it once, you could possibly never have to buy another one.

-Flame retardant. Fake Christmas trees are far more resistant to fire.

-Easy to put back up every year.

The Benefits and Care of Live Christmas Trees:
the most eco-friendly way to enjoy a Christmas tree is to buy a live tree with its roots intact from a local grower, and then replant it in your yard once the holiday has passed. Cons of Potted Christmas Trees They're very big and heavy. You will most likely need a dolly and a couple of people to haul in a potted Christmas tree.You need to take care of the roots and water your Christmas tree to ensure it will live after being in your home.Potted Christmas trees shouldn't stay in the home for a long time...only 1-2 weeks.Finding a home in your yard for your potted Christmas tree after use can be tedious.but called me old fashioned i kinda prefer the good old Araucaria sp. Some how i know Santa would rather be keeping gifts under a live tree n not an oversized plastic bottle brush.

The Vriksha Way:
here at the nursery we know how hard it is for you to buy big plants in our space,time restricted city ...here at the nursery we have started hiring the trees out for the season and come the 10th of jan when its time to take down the decorations we take back the tree and give you back the deposit that we draw for the plants.its an easy,cheap and eco friendly way to have your very own Real Christmas tree resting in your drawing room!

Friday, December 2, 2011

A green Way to Recycle the Water That Your A/C Unit Produces

Condensation produced from your air conditioning can amount to big water savings over time.

I can use the excess water that my air conditioner produces?

This may seem like somewhat of a revelation, but the answer is yes, you most certainly can (although I wouldn’t recommend using it for human or pet consumption). Many of us don’t even realize that this source of liquid even exists because, quite honestly, very few of us willingly spend time outside in the dead of summer scrutinizing the mechanics of our respective units.

For those who happily hole themselves up inside their air-conditioned refuges, here’s how excess moisture magically materializes. Once the internal air in our homes is sufficiently cooled, an evaporator coil draws extracted water vapor down through a drain, which in effect means sayonara, free liquid. Now, to the average individual, this excess moisture may seem almost negligible, but for those who live in perpetually drought-stricken regions, we’re talking about a potential oasis in the desert.

the Burj Khalifa, which at 2,717 feet tall is quite easily the tallest skyscraper in the
world, utilizes the moisture generated from its comprehensive air-conditioning system to irrigate the surrounding and quite sprawling Burj Khalifa Park. On an annual basis, this “condensate recovery” program recycles 15 million gallons of water that would otherwise have
been wasted.
Have you had a change of heart now? All of those drops eventually really do add up, which can take the heat off of your wallet if you live in a municipality that charges for water privilege. it’s a really cool way to creatively tap into a resource that typically flies under the radar.

Bird baths,lilly ponds, water walls&waterfalls are all garden accessories widely used by all garden designers ....the excesses form your air condition could be used to
reduce the water consumption in these features.Green walls which is one of the fastest spreading garden ideas could be watered by this grey water by means of simple plumbing.
You don't need to tie yourself to trees or dress in vegetables to save our planet...do your little bit for mother earth ul not just save her...ul also save time,money and effort.

Air conditioner condensate may contain contaminants, such as algae. While most household graywater is alkaline, air conditioner condensate is neutral. It should not be used for applications where the pH balance of the water is vital, such as aquariums. Air conditioning condensate is not safe for consumption without special filtering and treatment.
So will gray water solve the global water crisis? Not by itself. But as awareness of its benefits grows, gray water could take a chunk out of the amount of fresh water people use. After all, watering plants constitutes 5 percent of the 400 gallons the average Indian household uses per day. If everyone in India used only gray water for their plants, it could save 6.6 billion gallons of water every day. Even better than that, when you reuse water, you save electricity, since it takes power to pump water to your house. This electricity is often generated at coal-fire power plants, so reusing water can actually help clear the air, too.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kuth: The Magic Wild Flower of the Hills.

Botanical Name Saussurea costus
Common Name Kuth
Family Asteraceae
Part-Used Tuberous Root

Kuth is a commonly used medicinal herb and is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs.It is a perennial herb with marginally lobed stalked leaves and fragrant aromatic roots. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine where it is valued mainly for its tonic, stimulant and antiseptic properties. It is said to be aphrodisiac and to be able to prevent the hair turning grey. The root is anodyne, antibacterial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, skin, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. It is used internally in the treatment of abdominal distension and pain, chest pains due to liver problems and jaundice, gall bladder pain, constipation associated with energy stagnation, and asthma.This is very useful in chronic and foul ulcers, leprosy, leucoderma, pruritis, amenorrhoea etc.

What i found most interesting is how all over the internet kuth is said to be a rare herb growing in the big mountains (Himalayas)up north but honestly iv seen this herb all over the western ghats.its abundant in Lonavala ,Matheran,Mahableshwar etc.Working in Amby valley iv spotted these all over the hills.on first look the violet flowers of kuth look like a papery prikley chive flower.next time you spot this prikley purple herb on your trip to a hill station take time to wonder what amazing properties this 4 inch wonder has!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Solanum lycopersicum(tomatoes): why are they getting more expencive by the day?

Driving by the subway i picked a newspaper from a paper boy the head lines screamed out "Seeing red over tomato prices" ....wad a hoax i thought to myself how the hell can someone ruin a tomato crop...its the easiest vegetable to grow.I had to investigate further.
and this is what i came across....(article courtesy http://agrinewspk.blogspot.com/)

Lured by high profits, Indian traders are flooding the Pakistan market with tomatoes, affecting domestic supplies and pushing up prices back home.Truck loads of tomatoes sourced from Delhi and Nashik are entering Pakistan through Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar daily, traders said.

"As many as 80-90 trucks of tomatoes (each carrying about 16 tonnes) are crossing Attari-Wagah border every day," Rajdeep Singh Uppal, vice-president, Amritsar Export Association said.
This has been happening for over two weeks, he said, adding that the trend is expected to continue for a month.
Rajendra Sharma, a member of Delhi agriculture marketing board, said supply of tomatoes to Pakistan is one of the reasons for continued high retail prices of the vegetable in Delhi at Rs 20-25 a kg.
Rajendra Chug, general secretary of Delhi's Azadpur market (Asia's biggest vegetables & fruits market) said that on average 10-12 trucks laden with tomatoes are heading for Pakistan everyday.Uppal and Chug said rush of tomatoes to Pakistan is triggered by relatively high prices there because of damage to the crop due to floods in the key producing Sindh region.
Uppal said Indian tomato is selling for around USD 350-400 (Rs 17,850-Rs 20,400) per tonne in Pakistan.Ajit Shah, president of Mumbai based agriculture export association said around 100-125 tonnes of tomatoes from Nashik is finding its way to Pakistan by road through Wagah.

Agriculture policies of the Indian government have always baffled me,but this is just plain disgusting.Mr minister prefers to fill our granaries with food while kids starve ,he prefers feeding out noisey neighbor in greed of foreign exchange id love to ask WHY but will anyone reply.

They hoard food sit on heaps piles and miles of grains while the common man shells spends through his nose just to have 1 square meal.His fat pot bellies and gangs of goons dressed in khadi waving some stupid flag screaming slogans making a fuss...just cause Mr minister is in the city for a rally....some filmy dialogues,slapstick humor,trucks and vad pao for people in attendance ...is this fat moron our union minister..he claims he feels the pain of the farmer ,the common mans grief is his but empty promises are all he has to offer.His polices are f*****d ,his actions are worse...all iv got to say is MR MINISTER YOU SUCK!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

what is organic farming...

There are nearly 7 billion people in the world, and all of us need to eat. Can this number of people be fed by organic agriculture? Without fossil-fuel mined phosphates, without fossil-fuel fixed nitrogen? Without fossil-fuel driven tractors to till, and trucks to take the food to people?

Maybe. We don't know. It would take a massive, worldwide reorganization of human society to achieve this.

what is organic farming?....Organic farming works in harmony with nature rather than against it. This involves using techniques to achieve good crop yields without harming the natural environment or the people who live and work in it. Organic farming does not mean going ‘back’ to traditional methods. Many of the farming methods used in the past are still useful today. Organic farming takes the best of these and combines them with modern scientific knowledge.Organic farmers do not leave their farms to be taken over by nature; they use all the knowledge, techniques and materials available to work with nature. In this way the farmer creates a healthy balance between nature and farming, where crops and animals can grow and thrive.To be a successful organic farmer, the farmer must not see every insect as a pest, every plant out of place as a weed and the solution to every problem in an artificial chemical spray. The aim is not to eradicate all pests and weeds, but to keep them down to an acceptable level and make the most of the benefits that they may provide..

Why farm organically?
Organic farming provides long-term benefits to people and the environment.
Organic farming aims to:
• increase long-term soil fertility.
• control pests and diseases without harming the environment.
• ensure that water stays clean and safe.
• use resources which the farmer already has, so the farmer needs less
money to buy farm inputs.
• produce nutritious food, feed for animals and high quality crops to sell at a
good price.
Modern, intensive agriculture causes many problems, including the following:
• Artificial fertilisers and herbicides are easily washed from the soil and
pollute rivers, lakes and water courses.
• The prolonged use of artificial fertilisers results in soils with a low organic
matter content which is easily eroded by wind and rain.
• Dependency on fertilisers. Greater amounts are needed every year to
produce the same yields of crops.
• Artificial pesticides can stay in the soil for a long time and enter the food
chain where they build up in the bodies of animals and humans, causing
health problems.
• Artificial chemicals destroy soil micro-organisms resulting in poor soil
structure and aeration and decreasing nutrient availability.

Remember that when God created the universe, the earth and nature, it was complete and balanced. Man interfered with thisbalance in the environment and ecosystem for the desire to producemore of their selected and preferred crops, in the process destroying the equilibrium and disrupting natural laws and life...No doubt by using agricultural chemicals such as fertilizer, pesticides and so on, we solved our short term goal, but left a dangerous legacy for future generations. The soil became poisoned and the plants that grew in it were weak, low yielding and prone to disease. Marginal farmers despairing at successive crop failure, committed suicide by consuming the once "magical" pesticides.

Organic fertilizers:
Organic manure covers manure made from cattle dung, excreta of other animals, rural and urban composts, other animal wastes, crop residues and green manures. This is how these wastes are useful in improving the fertility and productivity of soils:

1)Cattle dung leads to soil porosity, excreta from other animals betters the water stable aggregates.
2)Rural and urban compost improves the water holding capacity of the soil.
3)Other animal wastes betters the infiltration rate.
4)Crop residues and green manures improve hydraulic conductivity.

Organic seeds:The key to the quality of seed lies in the DNA - the genetic content of the seed, and only secondarily from the conditions of production, harvest, drying, and storage. Without good DNA, no matter what the conditions of production, the seed will not be worthwhile to plant. wild-collected seed is not considered to be "organic". If a grower wants to produce an organic crop of a medicinal plant, and that seed is available as certified organic, under current rules she must use the organic seed, and cannot use the wild-collected seed. Wild populations of medicinal plants may vary considerably in the specific medicinal properties, or in adaptation to specific local conditions, and several organic growers have expressed concern that some medicinal crops in cultivation are in serious need of the greater genetic diversity that would come from an infusion of wild genes from wild plants. Under current rules, plants grown from wild seed could never enter the organic market.

the reason i wrote this article is to adress this question i face at almost every farmers marker...what is organic farming....i hope iv answered most of your quries if not do drop me a line ...and if i like your comment/question....iv got organic vegetable seedlings up for grabs...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Diwali:When Trees Turn into Chinese Lamps!

MAY YOU LIGHT THE DIYAS Of JOY,BURST THE ROCKET OF LOVE,SEDUCE THE FULJADI OF SUCCESS...blah blah blah...happy diwali!!! The festival once celebrated of the return of lord Ram from the jungles has turned into a festival of cliches,gay sms,noise/air pollution,and garish decorations.trees are burning with lights as hot as the sun,dogs are terrified with crackers that feel like we are in some kinda mock war drill.here are 2 satellite images for our wonderious state pre and post diwali(i know they are fakes).

when half of India is down with an acute power shortage 16-18 hr power cuts are borne by the villages but out here the reason this city docent sleep is cause there are so many bloody lights....arriving in containers from the big red brother in the north these power guzzling neon's are eye sores of another level.

With temperatures on the bulb going up to 80-90degrees Celsius i don't know why its suddenly become the cool thing to drape the trees with these burning lights...15-20 clients every year come to me with charred burnt plants ...trees that are often 40 years old are draped in these mirchi lights burning them to the twig.Driving down the road today lines of dead trees line the road with the tree authority just too happy to hack them down claiming them dead....

What we did at the nursery?
Another festival another sapling give away....1000natives bhaindies,nilgiries,jangli badam,khair etc.iv still got about 150 left guys drop by if u wan some....
The clients with the nursery were in for an awesome green Diwali gift surprise ....table properties,teraniums were sent out to almost 200 loyal customers .5 of these awsome teraniums will soon be up for grabs at GirlyHour.com ......
A terrarium is a container which is designed to hold small plants in controlled conditions. The closed nature of a terrarium creates an environment which is easy to control, allowing people to simulate everything from the desert to the rainforest.
Its just a little gesture form our side to help you make gardening fun easy and non time consuming.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Horticultural Happiness... !!!

Its early in the morning...7s early enough...sipping on a cup of coffee...walking through the nursery...3 dogs hussle past 2 puppies chase them through my plants knocking a few of the plants down...niko(the cat) sits by at the kitchen window licking himself clean...the chirping of the birds is soft but incessant... there's a small nest in the avocado plant iv spotted a few days back...its a little green sunbird.... there's a flurry of tiny cabbage butterfly(yellow)..iv spotted a Pseudozizeeria maha(beautiful blue butterfly),Dry-season brood(a little brown butterfly) on de milkweed...the ipods playing Bob Dylan whos going on about answers in the blowing wind in a nasal but pleasant voice...its a weekday in the nursery n this is how our day begins...I LOVE MY WORK.
A glance at the days schedule its gona b a hectic day ...iv got to send almost 200 plants out for a shoot...iv got to make some teraniums ,more inverted tomatoes...its sowing time for the melons and strawberries...transplanting of the catmints n iv got 4 back to back meetings with people cause they want some of my plants...this is how i earl my living...this is how i earn my bread....i dont have a desk i dont have to wear a tie ...and sometimes i even go to work high ...(hahahaha...no thats just a song...),theres this quote i read yesterday there can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ... couldn't be more true...im smiling end to end its a new day at the nursery...a hectic day.I LOVE MY JOB.

My nursery though in the heart of Mumbai seems far away from the noise...During divali irla is one of the hot spots for shopping...n even though my space is 2 mins away seems like miles from the madness...
we v got an early morning customer...who walks in at 7.15....its taken her 10 mins to find my place...she walks in and gasps
WOW....is this place for real...i love the feel of this place Its so peaceful...feels like goa.Mrs Juhi Narayan
she glances through the rows of herbs,vegetable plants and frantically points one of my worker to get her the biggest basil,rosemary,jalapino,black pepper....the song on my ipods changed john mayers like me is also waiting for this world to change...as i make her bill i think again...I LOVE MY WORK.

As the sun grows in the sky the workers arrive ...as i feed the dogs the pic up vans loaded with bamboos ficus bonsai's for a shoot for a tele serial...the day begins...as the work load increases the heat has reached its peak by the noon,Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. beads of sweat line my brow ...iv got 3 art assistants scrambling for whats left of my pisonia albas... luckily thers enough for all and the sindhi inside me is pleased cause i wont be turning away anyone disappointed....i walk onto my terrace defoliating my bonsai fondly remembering the stories the each of these over pampered old miniatures...iv not got a centrally air conditioned cabin nor do i wear a suit...but in my shorts and under the sun this is what i always wanted to be a nuseryman,horticulturist,landscape designer,landscape manager,plant collector,blogger, businessman,young entrepreneure....I LOVE MY WORK.

Time is flying by iv got to head for meetings but there's so much to do....the tomato's need to be staked the dogs need to be fed again...its hectic but the smile is evident on my face...the clouds have rolled in from nowhere,typical Mumbai rain..did you know God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done...but the meetings still on i drive into the madness listening to more acoustic music...a client wants a googled image of a garden recreated...matching every plant with a shade card....give them some options ideas etc and head back to the nursery...the plants have come back from a hard days work and the workers are spraying them clean...the last few clients roll in last few herbs to be sold...2 housewives 1 thyme ....moms trying to convince one of em that there will be more soon ....the dogs are asleep on the cold marble of the house the cats still loafing...and as the day winds up the smile is still there the butterfly's still fluttering...a last cup of coffee n off to narrate my day to my girl...DAYM I LOVE MY WORK

The days i spent in oblivion wondering where i was going...lost and lonely in a tiny little village i always wondering if it was worth all that i went through...but trust me if i could time travel and tell 19 yr old me something id let him know that its worth it all....cause at the nursery 6 years from now you will be HORTICULTURALY HAPPY

Monday, October 17, 2011

Inverted string kitchen gardening...!

1 thing common in most of the articles iv written is the unending groaning and moaning of the lack of space in the city ....the little pockets of greenery are always under threat and sprawling front yard gardens are a thing of the past Have you heard the buzz about these upside down (inverted) tomatoes? You can buy pricey containers abroad that make possible inverted growing technique, but here’s a really inexpensive way we figured out at the nursery .Growing vegetables upside-down makes home gardening easier.
There's no need to till the soil, to stake plants or to spend hours weeding your garden. And best of all, you can grow a wide variety of vegetables for you and your family.Watering is much easier, and the plants are more vigorous. Since plants hang above the ground, there’s no worries associated with their fruits touching the soil, which significantly lessens the chances of rotting or attacks from pests.
IF pests and blight are wrecking your plants, it might be time to turn your garden on its head. said, "No longer will you have to cage, stake or weed your plants or battle cutworms and other ruinous critters to put fresh tomatoes on the table."

What plants can be grown in it:

The tomato is a popular plant for upside-down gardening. Cherry tomatoes are a good choice and flourish in this type of container.

Both pole and bush beans do well in upside-down containers. Be sure to water them thoroughly and place them in a sunny area.

Bell peppers and hot peppers are good choices for an inverted garden. Hang containers in full sun and keep them well watered.

Choose smaller pickling cucumbers as they are easier to grow upside-down. Bush cucumbers are not a good choice and don't do well in inverted containers.

Surprisingly, the smaller versions of eggplant grow well in upside-down gardens. The heavier and larger varieties of eggplant are difficult to grow in inverted planters.

Sweet potatoes:these are tubers grow fantastic over ground and the sizes of the tubers are considerably larger than that of the ones grown on the ground...

Basil and parsley are low-growing herbs that can be planted alone in their own pots or placed in a container with any upside-down growing vegetables. Lettuce and radishes and watercress are low-growing vegetables that can be mixed in with other inverted plants.

Hang your upside-down garden in a sunny location and water it thoroughly, making sure it reaches the bottom. In fact, the water should run out of the bottom . Watering requirements for your upside-down garden will usually vary according to the types of plants used and your particular climate. Typically, in most places, especially during periods of hot, dry weather, your upside-garden will require watering daily, if not every other day.

As your plants grow, you may notice them reaching upward toward the sunlight. This is completely normal and will eventually cease as the plants get larger or begin bearing fruit. While it may seem a bit outside the norm, upside-down gardening is a great way to enjoy beautiful flowers and tasty vegetables all at the same time. What’s more is the fact that it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, making this the perfect alternative for urban gardeners and others having little ground space. Upside-down gardening also provides the additional benefit of having your plants at eye level, eliminating the need for bending or stooping whether you’re watering or harvesting.

we at the nursery have got these upside down plant wonders for sale ranging for just rs 150 to rs 350 you can have your very own upside down planters....