Picking up golden colored vegetables from the garden feels like harvesting my very own sunshine. Happiness, joy, cheerfulness and brightness fills my heart when I see the color yellow in my garden. Its warmth can turn any dull moment in to a vibrant one. Although, nature produces a diverse range of food for us but, unfortunately, we are familiar with so little. This month I am harvesting loads of home-grown organic vegetables and herbs and I started noticing that my own small rooftop

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'Cosmic Purple', 'Atomic Red', 'Scarlet Nantes', 'Little Finger' & 'Yellowstone ' heirloom carrot seed packs have been whispering 'sow us! sow us!' since I received them few weeks back. I ignored their call thinking about all the labor that will go into making evenly spaced rows to plant these delicate seeds in my grow boxes to avoid thinning. Then almost like a revelation, an D.I.Y idea popped up in my head that made me spring into action.

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I first planted Swiss Chard four years back in my school garden. During all these years, I only planted it twice and enjoyed my harvest for years in my organic kitchen gardens. Sounds wonderful doesn't it? Well luckily, Chard is a biennial plants. Meaning it will keep growing for more than one year. Here in Karachi it grows beautifully for two years or more which makes it a star of any vegetable garden.

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Sow the seed and let this generous vine offer you soothing shade in the garden to meditate under, abundance of fruit to nourish  your body, a stunning display of large green leaves to feast your eyes, vibrant yellow flowers that brighten up your soul and a sponge to wash dishes or for a gentle scrub during a bath. You might know this as Tori or Turrai  or the sponge gourd while in the others parts of the world it has different names. Nepalese call it Ghiraula,

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