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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Growing Figs in containers is super easy and transplanting this tree is even simpler. You just need to keep few things in mind to transplant like a pro! There are many types of figs native to this part of the world. I have sourced three types of figs for my kitchen garden. large green ones, large black ones and small ones that turn purple when ripe. I will share their story in an upcoming post. The large green one was grown from

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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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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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