A resident of Narnaul in Mahendragarh (Haryana), Jaya Bhardwaj has been fond of gardening since childhood. His love for trees and plants was so much that he also made his career in this field. He did his graduation in Botany from Maharani College, Jaipur and Masters from Kurukshetra University (Haryana). Since she was curious to know about the types of plants, ways of growing them since childhood, she had already made up her mind to study botany. Talking to The Better India, she says, “I always wanted to know how to plant more trees in less space? Also, how to increase the productivity of fruits and flowers in plants?
There has always been a garden in his house. She used to help her parents in gardening since childhood. After completing his studies, in the year 2017 he started working as Botany Professor at Chaudhary Bansilal University, Bhiwani (Haryana).
kitchen garden built in university
Hobby club started
Jaya says, “The hobby club was started in the year 2019 in our university. This was the first time that such a hobby club was started in any university in Haryana. Gardening in Hobby Club started with 11 different disciplines (Gardening As A Hobby) and landscaping, which is being run by Jaya. Jaya says, “Apart from the students of Botany, children studying subjects like Humanity, Political Science and Hindi also chose gardening as a hobby. Teaching him gardening was a big challenge for me.” Jaya taught her to do gardening by doing landscaping in the university itself. During 2019 to February 2020, he developed a part of his university as a kitchen garden. Also, he has planted many more saplings there, which changed the look of the campus. She says, “Even during the lockdown, our hobby class was going on. All the children were learning gardening online as well. I am very happy that around 120 children have done gardening and planted many saplings in their respective homes.”
Currently, Jaya is working on planting trees in the new campus of her university, in collaboration with the Forest Department and her team.
He told that gardening should be done keeping in mind the points like planting plants of similar colour, length and nature together, choosing the right soil for the plants. If gardening is done with this kind of right planning, then the plants grow well and the garden also looks more beautiful in appearance.
Do gardening at home too
Whatever time she gets after college, she also uses it in gardening. She says, “I love roses. I keep planting different types of roses all the time. In which my brother Manu Bharadwaj also supports me. At present, you will see 50 varieties of roses on their terrace.
She is also doing research work on the nature of all these rose plants. So that it can be known which plant is getting more roses? Which plant is easy to grow in any climate and natural conditions, so that the most sustainable variety can be identified.
Apart from roses, he has also planted many other flower plants including Dahlia, Champa, Adenium. Along with this, many medicinal plants are also planted at his house. Talking about fruits, you will also find pomegranate, mosambi, guava trees in their house. She grows many leafy vegetables along with seasonal vegetables in the courtyard of the house.
She says, “We use pots for fruits. Whereas if vegetables are planted in the ground, their productivity increases. That’s why we grow vegetables in the courtyard.”
Jaya further wants to do many research keeping in mind the biodiversity. If you also want any information related to gardening, then you can contact him on his mail [email protected]
Editing – Archana Dubey
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