Being locked up in our houses in this pandemic a lot of us were longing for new hobbies and activities. In conversation with AVANTHIKA REDDY, experts from the gardening community share some basics of gardening that could get you started with your new hobby.
DECODING GARDENING WITH MAKE ME GARDEN
Make Me Garden is a Hyderabad-based gardening company that helps you set up your very own kitchen garden. Make Me Garden believes that gardening is a deep hidden skill with every individual who is curious to unravel a new skill that eventually becomes a part of their lifestyle. Here are some basic recommendations from the experts:
- START SMALL GROW BIG
Always have a small garden first, keep exploring different plants on a lower scale, try your hand at it and onc you are totally convinced,roll it out grand.
- NEVER OVER DO YOU GARDEN
Keep your garden simple and beautiful, do not overdo it with unnecessary fillings that do not support the plants. Instead go with products that aren’t just beautiful but also provide benefits to your plants.
- DO NOT TRUST ALL THE PRODUCTS THAT COME YOUR WAY Sometimes
products that have manipulative marketing strategies might not be helpful for your plants instead they can be extremely harmful . Be cautious while choosing products for your plants.
ACCESSORISE YOUR GARDEN WITH GARDENLY
Gardenly, a garden accessory company shares with us an insight about their brand and how they ace it in the gardening businesses.
- Inspiration behind the project:
“We have loved craftworks since our childhood and made varieties of scrapbooks, greetings cards with much care and creativity. Such stuff was not available to buy anywhere, especially that would recreate our memories like we wanted to. In addition, we loved gardening right from when we were kids. We thought why not incorporate gardening with crafts and make a beautiful product out of it. That very thought led us to experiment on multiple ideas and create the product line we currently have.
- Brand USP
“We have created a gifting brand that aims to deliver to people positive emotions that can create or recreate most memorable moments of their lives. We offer the experience through our customised products. The core part of all our gifts are plants and customised miniature figurines that our. We use plants such as succulents and cacti, which are easy to maintain. The miniatures could be a replica of paneer tikka, a beer mug, a camera or an entire setup of date night a lovely couple had! The variety of themes are limitless.
- Price Range
The price range starts from as low as INR 300 and can go up to INR 12000, including a variety of plants, customised themes, miniatures, and other gift hampers.
We sell custom made terrariums, miniature gardens and macrame holders for plant pots. We often collaborate with a few local brands for hampers, which are gifted to celebrities, social media collaborators or delivered just as an order to our clients. We offer landscaping – from office spaces, homes to a mere patio or a balcony.
Must Haves for Your Home Garden:
Top 3 Flowers:
- Moss rose
Top 3 Fruits
- Apple berry
Top 3 Veggies
HOW TO START A BASIC GARDEN?
Setting up a basic garden could be very easy. For your initial step you can try doing it with things in and around your house.
- First thing you’ll have to do is look for an old container/bowl which does not absorb water, add small drain holes in the bottom of the container. Make sure the holes aren’t really big if not they will let out the soil too.
- Add some red soil/ potting mix which is readily available .
- Try finding seeds from vegetable leftovers like tomato seeds, pumpkin seeds, cucumber seeds, dry basil seeds etc.
- Sprinkle water proportional to the size of the container till the saplings grow 4 inches long.
- Herbs/leafy vegetables can be continued in smaller containers and vegetables can be shifted to bigger containers or to the ground directly.