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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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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