Being close to nature does cast a spell on you and turns your life into a magical tale that centers around an enchanted garden. One such story is of Hina Jaffar Rizvi that will surely leave you spellbound. ‘’ When I first came to England, after getting married six years back, I started gardening mostly because it was what everyone here seemed to be doing’’ shares Hina. ‘’ We had two small gardens at home.  I started doing the basic garden

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_facebook][vc_column_text]   Composting may seem like a simple process where nature turns organic waste to a natural fertilizer but this time consuming process can get messy and give little results if you do not know the basics. Some growers pile up all their organic waste and let it decompose in open air to gradually turn to compost; others use more carefully mixture of organic waste and let it rot in a controlled environment to get more from their compost. Although, both methods seems

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Growing this exotic fruit may seem like a job for a pro but the fact is that pineapple is one of the easiest fruits to grow for new gardeners. Originating by the Parana-Paraguay River in Brazil, pineapples reached the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, where they were cultivated by the Mayas and the Aztecs. Discovered by Columbus in 1493 around the Caribbean islands, pineapples spread around the world by the 16th century. Back then, they were a luxurious treat and a

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Back in 2014, I was visiting Iraq and saw a mystical olive tree growing in Karbala and wished I could take one back to Karachi. Our hotel manager, Hummam, was the only local who could speak and understand English. Hummam was a third year student at a university in Mosul and one of the lucky residents who managed to escape from there when ISIS took over. I asked this kid to guide me to nurseries where I can get olive tree from.

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Wooden planters are not only incredibly simple, attractive and effective way of gardening but they also offer pleasures of urban farming when used as vegetable planters. Here is how you can make your own. Wooden boxes can be as small as a square foot deep and wide or as large as you can manage. But the most suitable size for growing a good number of vegetable plants is 2 *4 *2 feet.  In this space you can grow any vegetable or herb that

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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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