Vegetative Propagation by Stem Cutting

Stem-cutting is another common asexual propagation technique, suited well to herbs and house plants. It involves taking a section of stem from a parent plant and manipulating it to create a new plant. Since the reproduction is asexual, the new plant is genetically identical to the parent and is often referred to as a clone. Read more

Vegetative Propagation by Crown Division

Crown division is the easiest propagation method that amateur gardeners can utilise to show off their skills. It is a form of plant propagation in which new plants are not grown from seeds or bulbs but are rather separated from the parent plant. The crown of a plant is where its stem meets the roots. The idea is to divide the plant at its crown so that each separated plant has its own shoot and root system, and is capable of producing new plant. This propagation technique has long been used to propagate bulbs such as garlic and saffron. Flowering plants like Orchids, Carnations, Rose plant, Daylilies and Dahlias are also commonly propagated by this method. Read more

Vegetative Propagation by Layering

Stems that are attached to their parent plant are capable of forming roots on coming in contact with a rooting medium. Layering exploits this property of stems. It involves development of roots on a stem while the stem is still attached to its parent plant. A layer is the rooted stem following detachment from the parent plant. Read more

Top-10 Easy Veggies to Grow For Beginners

You don’t need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables right in your backyard or balcony. Whether you’re a gardening novice or just want to start a vegetable garden with the least amount of time and effort, here are the top-10 easy to grow vegetables to give you a jump-start to grow delicious, fresh and inexpensive vegetables and fruits in your own backyard. Read more

Recycling ideas for Gardening

Gardening is the best antidote for stress and boredom. It works like a magic-potion. But it can prove to be heavy on pocket especially if you are a newbie green thumb as you will need to buy seeds, pots, fertilizers, insecticide, tools and what not!  An easy and economical solution would be to start building your own garden by recycling household trash and using them for gardening purposes. Read more

Principles and Practices of Permaculture-I

Permaculture is practical, grass roots sustainability in action. It provides immediate tools for people to reduce their environmental footprint and build resilient communities. It is a creative design process that is based on ethics and design principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics. When applied to gardening it suggests that not only can we grow food almost anywhere – from fruit shrubs in patio pots to vines on fences – but we can get higher yields with less effort simply by mimicking nature. Read more

Want to build a greenhouse ?

Greenhouses are building or complexes in which plants are grown. By providing a more controlled convenient environment, they expand the growing possibilities for the crops. Inside a greenhouse, gardeners have control over temperature, humidity, soil aeration, soil moisture and drainage, fertility levels, and light. Read more

World Famous Greenhouses

  1. Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Situated in the grounds of the Royal Castle of Laeken in Brussels, this enormous complex of greenhouses covers 270,000 square feet. Commissioned by King Leopold II of Belgium, it was built between 1874 and 1895 and includes the Iron Church, a domed greenhouse which served as the Royal Chapel. A whopping 800,000 litres of heating oil are required annually to keep the greenhouse heated. The public are allowed entry once a year, in the spring, for nearly three weeks when the flowers are in bloom.

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