'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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Once you have decided which crops and flowers you want in your garden this fall,  get ready to plant some seeds for your winter garden. When to sow seeds? For a winter harvest, sow your seeds as soon as fall begins. For people living in Karachi and Lahore the last week of September and beginning of October is ideal. Read your seed packs to find out more about the temperatures required for the germination of seeds. Most vegetables will be ready to be

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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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 A garden without leaves can only be a cacti garden. Its striking landscape and distinct architectural form strays away from a conventional one (rich in palms, seasonal plants and creepers), giving the space a cutting-edge look. There are more than 1,500 varieties to choose from and some cacti can live up to hundreds of years and produce countless offspring with their seeds, eliminating the need to buy new plants. “Cacti live for as long as you can take care of it,”

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