The healthiest food is found closest to its source, so why not bring the source home? Whether you have a sprawling garden or a tiny balcony, here’s how you can grow your own greens. Have you ever asked yourself where your food comes from? Most of the vegetables, herbs and fruits that you consume on a daily basis are grown outside our cities on farms and fields. Tons of chemical pesticides are regularly sprayed on these vegetables to prevent any crop loss

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With its extreme heat and drought-like conditions, Karachi has begun to raise an alarm: this is what global warming looks like and it now knocks on our doorstep. “Karachi has been recognised as a maritime desert,” explains Rafiul Haq, an ecologist by profession and founder member of Coastal Restoration Alliance for Biodiversity (CARB). “It is located in a subtropical arid zone with an average rainfall of less than 220 mm/year. Such fragile climatic conditions are sensitive to any change.” Extreme weather conditions

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The wind creates a symphony as it rushes through bamboo leaves, hugs a tamarind tree, and gently strokes a wind chime in my terrace garden. Bells jingle while a pair of chirping sparrows flies by and a brown warbler tweets tirelessly. The changing moods of sunlight and the alternating hues of the sky create a soothing yet energetic combination with the greens in the garden. Growing an organic herb and vegetable garden has turned out to be much more than just

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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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 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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