Guilty of overindulging in bottled water? You’re certainly not the only one. The number of “health-conscious” people in Pakistan, who carry their bottles of mineral water while rushing off to work, sauntering in parks and shopping at malls, is on the rise. Bottled water is now ubiquitous in Pakistan — not only is it on the checklist of essentials of most people; it’s also served during conferences and business meetings. And there are figures to prove its rampant consumption. The

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   Warning: After reading this piece, you will be left with no excuse to avoid composting at home.   If you appreciate composting but have not tired it yourself, chances are that you are in a hurry like me. Here is the fasted way to make compost that I am trying for my  raised bed garden. You should try it too.   "Blender" Composting   We are consuming enormous amount of fruits and vegetables each day. I hate to throw away the nutrient rich peelings, eggshells and left over coffee. On the

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I spend a lot of time in planning my kitchen garden. This means a lot of calculations. After spending an hour on gardners.com, I was able to make several layouts for my garden projects. Next, I calculated average yield per plant based on my own experience and research papers available online. This one produces 40 kg of a variety of vegetables from a small space of 3 by 6 sqft. How to get 40 kg of vegetables from a 3 by 6

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Have extra Chili peppers? Make Pepper Ristras! This year's hot pepper harvest is overwhelming.  I use my peppers fresh and share with friends and family but I always have dozens of extra chilies that can be preserved. Non other preservation method is as creative and fun as making your own pepper ristras! [caption id="attachment_4465" align="aligncenter" width="408"] image source: Taos Unlimited[/caption] Ristras is a way of drying chili peppers. Red ripe chilies are tied to a string and hanged in the sun to dry.

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There is nothing simpler than starting your own Cuban Oregano plant from a cutting. Commonly available Cuban Oregano, formally know as Coleus Aromaticus, is not a true oregano. It is also called Mexican Mint, Spanish Thyme and Indian Borage. There are at least 40 plants listed as Oregano. Most commonly used oregano, Mexican oregano, is also a false oregano and a relative of Lemon Verbena. 'Common Oregano' is wild Majoram and also called Greek Oregano.Feeling confused? Well, don't be. Even if

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 Planning my garden for the next season is always exciting. This year I had a chance of getting all heirloom seeds from Baker and Creek Heirloom Seed Company thanks to my niece who is in Houston these days.Here is my mouth-watering list of vegetables that I ordered.1. California Wonder pepper2. Tam Jalapeno pepper3. Golden Marconi Pepper4. Tom Thumb Lettuce5. Rossa di Treviso6. Mizuna red streak7.Strawberry popcorn8. Pencil Cob dent Corn9.Chinese Red Noddle Beans10.Dragon Tongue Bush Bean11.Emerald Okra15. Chinese

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  Bigger and Better Cherry Tomatoes Who doesn't want high yielding, bigger and tastier tomatoes that grow for a longer season. Here is my secret of growing tomatoes that will not stop fruiting ! During past few years, seed companies introduced " grafted tomatoes" that produce high yields and bigger sets of tomatoes.  I came to know about grafted tomatoes from one of such seed catalogs from UK. I had to experiment so I watched several tutorials to learn how to graft my

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  I am too excited to announce that we are restarting our bonsai making classes  with Pakistan's first certified Bonsai Master Khalid Suhail.     When & Where Course begins from Sunday 7th October, 2012 at Maritime Museum, Karachi. We'll have sessions on every alternate Sunday from 9 am to 11 am.     Basic Bonsai Making We'll have 6 sessions of 2 hours over the period of 3 months during which students will learn history & types of bonsai, techniques of making a bonsai and plant selection.

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