How to Grow Cucumber at Home






Summers are here and the temperature this year seems to be rising faster than ever before. In a couple of months time there would be early signs of rains, but till then we need to hydrate ourselves with a lot of fluids throughout the day to beat the summer heat. And there is no better way to do it than with cucumbers. Cucumber has the highest water content for any solid food and is a great snack by itself with a little salt and chilli powder. It is popularly served as a salad and also makes a great summer soup with curd … Continue reading “How to Grow Cucumber at Home”

‘Organic Urban Farming, The Indian Way’ Book Out Now






Hello everyone. When I started this blog, my aim was to document and share my experiences of growing vegetables in containers on rooftop. One thing led to the other and soon I started training people in and around Bhubaneswar on growing their own. And soon enough I started getting a lot of request for training and guidance from all over India. As it was not possible to go everywhere and train people I considered doing it through video conferencing. But that did not seem to work out well. The next suggestion from some quarters was to create a video course, but after working … Continue reading “‘Organic Urban Farming, The Indian Way’ Book Out Now”

How to Grow Mushrooms at Home






Terrace gardening is all about using unused space at your home to grow vegetables and greens. No matter what space you use, be it balcony or terrace or windowsill, sunlight availability is a basic requirement for growing any plant. But mushrooms are something that you grow without sunlight in indoor spaces. They are also very easy to grow and score very high on nutrition scale. They have high iron and protein content and zero cholesterol and low calorific value. Mushrooms are grown on organic waste and the water requirement is very low. In this post on How to grow mushrooms at … Continue reading “How to Grow Mushrooms at Home”

New Year Detox Salad from your Garden






Its new year time again and party has already begun. Its going to go on till the next year. Or may be into the next year. When the party is over you suddenly realize that you have let a lot of toxins into your body. You need to get them out of your system. You need to eat something comforting that detoxes you. But you are so tired you don’t really want to do anything let alone cook. I am sure this situation sounds just too familiar. As you go into the new year again you just know that you are … Continue reading “New Year Detox Salad from your Garden”

Complete Guide to Growing Spinach at Home






On my facebook page recently one of our regular readers asked me if there is any tutorial on growing spinach on my website. That is when I realized I have not made even a single post on any leafy vegetable till date. Leafy vegetables are the easiest and well suited for container gardens. And I was surprised that I have not written about them. Moreover spinach is a popular super food which I think everybody can and should grow at their home organically. So without any further ado here goes the Complete Guide to Growing Spinach at Home. Quick Reference Table for … Continue reading “Complete Guide to Growing Spinach at Home”

10 winter vegetables to grow in pots






After what seemed like eternity the air seems to be getting cooler now. Winters will set in soon and that means boom time for kitchen gardeners in the tropics. You can grow a huge variety of colorful and nutritious vegetables in your container garden from November to February when the temperature stays between 15° and 30° in most parts of India. Most of these vegetables are very easy to grow and do just fine with minimal care. Here is my top ten list of vegetables to grow in pots this winter. Tomato Tomato is probably the favorite vegetable of most gardeners. … Continue reading “10 winter vegetables to grow in pots”

Taking Urban Farming to the Urban Poor






For those of us living in cities we enjoy service of a lot of people in our everyday lives. The services range from newspaper delivery, cleaning services to home maintenance and home cooking. And these people who make our lives easier don’t lead a easy life themselves. They live in the same cities as us where the cost of living is substantially higher than the countryside and their meager income does not help their cause. As a result their access to fresh and nutritious food is quite limited. Urban farming can be one of the solutions to this problem. To assess … Continue reading “Taking Urban Farming to the Urban Poor”

Guide to Growing Tomatoes in Containers






Tomato is one of the most versatile vegetables which is loved all around the world for its flavor, texture, color, taste and juiciness. But tomato is also a food source with an ambiguity. Though botanically its a fruit, it is eaten as a vegetable. However knowing this fact really does not make any difference to you when you want to grow juicy, colorful and yummy tomatoes in a container in your garden. But going through this post on how to grow tomatoes in containers surely will. So without much ado here we go. Quick Reference Table to Grow Tomatoes in Containers   Item … Continue reading “Guide to Growing Tomatoes in Containers”

How to Grow Brinjal in Containers






Fire roasted brinjal (or eggplant or aubergine) smashed with chopped onions, chilies and a little mustard oil is a dish that is smoky, sweet, gooey, meaty, hot and above all irresistible. It is an absolute favorite here in my part of the world. In fact eggplant is one of the most used vegetables in Odia cooking. Its goodness can really be enjoyed to the fullest if it is organically grown and is of indigenous variety. Brinjal being a perennial vegetable in tropical weather, it can be planted any time and it can be enjoyed throughout the year. In this post … Continue reading “How to Grow Brinjal in Containers”

How to Prepare Garden Soil for Organic Vegetable Garden






Sometime back one of our readers wrote to us about his ridge gourd plant that he was growing in his backyard vegetable garden. And he wanted to know if there is any special way to prepare garden soil for farming in the backyard. I am making this post to help him out on preparing a raised bed garden. And I am sure this will be useful to many others who want grow organic vegetables in raised vegetable beds. In organic farming and especially in natural farming as made famous by Masanobu Fukuoka we follow a ‘no till’, ‘no dig’ method of farming. … Continue reading “How to Prepare Garden Soil for Organic Vegetable Garden”