Often people say that gardening is a very expensive hobby. But there are many aspects in this matter like many people want to have a beautiful garden in their house but they do not have to do any hard work themselves. The second thing is that many people are fond of planting only exotic trees and plants, so gardening can be expensive for them too. But if you want to have greenery in your home and have some common plants, then you can create a beautiful garden in the least budget. As done by Prabha Kumari of Patna.
52-year-old Prabha Kumari has been doing regular horticulture for the last two years. Although, even before this, there were always trees and plants in her house, but due to some reason she was not able to prepare her garden. But two years ago, when the construction of his house was completed and he had enough space on the terrace, he immediately started planting the garden. The most interesting thing is that he did not have to spend much money in this work. Sometimes she spends money for the garden because she has a simple fund – ‘Jugaad from junk’ and from this she has prepared her garden.
Talking to The Better India, he said, “I have been fond of gardening since childhood. Always used to watch my father doing gardening and that’s how I too fell in love with plants. But it is not always possible for a middle class family to buy expensive plants and pots while fulfilling their needs. So instead of buying plants, I started collecting cuttings, seeds from here and there. Keeping many plants in empty bags of flour and rice, I have brought them from my father’s house to Patna. Then after preparing more plants from them, seeing today there are hundreds of plants in the garden.
Plants also planted in thermocol cans, buckets, bottles
Prabha told that he has set up gardening on two different terraces. On one of the terraces, she has prepared a ‘Kitchen Garden’, in which she is planting a variety of seasonal vegetables and some fruit plants. On the second terrace, there are many types of flowering plants and ornamental plants. They also have some medicinal plants on their terrace. “I had made some beds for the vegetables with cement itself. Apart from these, I use thermocol cans. In these, seasonal vegetables like brinjal, bottle gourd, zucchini, cucumber, ladyfinger, capsicum, bitter gourd, arbi, ginger, spinach, mint, amaranth greens, tomato, chilli grow well,” he said.
Prabha says that because of the kitchen garden, she does not have to buy vegetables from the market. Sometimes the yield becomes more, so she distributes vegetables to her neighbors as well.
Apart from vegetables, he has also planted many trees of fruits like Lemon, Guava, Pomegranate, Mango, Grapes, Chikoo, Banana. His lemon, guava and pomegranate trees have started bearing fruits. Other trees will start bearing fruit by next year. “For fruit trees, you need a big pot or grow bag. I thought of buying a grow bag but when I inquired in the market, I found it expensive. So I bought myself thick plastic and made grow bags for the garden. In this way, for the cost of one grow bag, I got two-three grow bags ready.”
Ornamental plants also planted with about 12 types of flowers
On his second terrace, he has planted different types of flower plants. In which Madhukamini, Tikoma, Juhi, Chamli, Queen of the Night, Zinnia, Almanda, Ekora, Chandni, Gerbera, Harsinger, Gulab, Cosmos etc. are included. Along with this, he has planted some decorative plants like snake plant, areca palm, agora etc. in the shade area on the roof. On their terrace you will also find plants of cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and adenium. All these are taken care of by Prabha herself.
He said, “You should give time to the plants every day for the maintenance of the garden. Like I spend two to three hours in the garden every morning. Apart from fruits and vegetables, most of the plants are planted from cuttings. If ever I have to bring saplings from nursery, I bring only one or two saplings. From them again prepare more plants. This allows plants to grow in the garden and does not cost much.”
Along with plants, she also saves money on pots. Prabha said that when the house was ready, some cement and paint was left. Instead of letting it go to waste, he started using it. Prabha himself has made many small cement pots. Apart from this, he has also made planters out of plastic bottles, cans, broken cups, coffee mugs, mushroom boxes and even broken light holders. At the same time, if we take care of the plants, then by collecting neem leaves and nimboli, they also prepare neem cake. All kinds of organic waste from his house like peels of fruits and vegetables, dry leaves of trees etc. is used for making manure.
He said, “Sometimes some things have to be taken from outside like mustard cake, cow dung manure or earthworm manure etc. But if you buy these things once, then they come in handy for a long time. If you do gardening with your own hands, then you get an idea of what your plants need. But if you get gardening done by a gardener, they will tell you new things every time and your expenses will keep increasing. So if you want to do economical gardening then you have to do the hard work yourself.”
Prabha, who considers gardening as therapy for body and mental health, has also started her Instagram account some time back. On which she posts pictures and videos related to her garden. Also, if anyone needs guidance, she also gives them tips. If you also want to do economical gardening then you can contact Prabha Kumari on Instagram.
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Editing – G N Jha
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