“When you look closely at nature, you meet yourself.” It is believed that Dr. Pramod Malviya and his wife Anjali Malviya, residents of Betul, Madhya Pradesh. Pramod is a medical specialist by profession and Anjali a microbiologist. Both are very fond of gardening. In their house you will see litchi, cilantro, chikoo, pomegranate and sugarcane growing. Not only this, the Malviya couple has also planted spices like cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves in the house. So let us tell you, their gardening method and some amazing tips.
Due to less space, the terrace was made garden
Anjali told The Better India, “We wanted greenery from the entrance of the house to the inside. But we didn’t have much space outside. So we converted the car park porch into a garden. We planted a lot of soil in the porch and planted saplings. After this, we got the roof first waterproofed and then put the soil by applying plastic of the size of the entire roof. In this way, there was a lot of greenery on the roof too.
From sugarcane to sweet potato on the roof, even the pond
The Malviya couple has sown everything from sugarcane to sweet potatoes on their terrace. You will be surprised to know that he has also made a very small pond on his terrace, in which lotus flowers bloom. To prevent mosquitoes from entering the pond, they have put gambusia fish in it, which eat the larvae of mosquitoes.
Regarding this Anjali said, “We used lotus tubers and seeds to plant lotus flowers. To prepare the pond, we used only the soil of the pond. Bring that soil and put it in the water of your pond and put seeds and tubers in it. Now a lot of flowers come in it, which are beautiful to see. Also, on Diwali, we do not have to buy lotus flowers, they are easily available at home. From time to time, I just keep putting cow dung in it as a fertilizer.
Planted trees by doing complete planning
Pramod said, “We wanted the front part of our house to be full of flowers. That’s why we planted many plants blooming in different seasons in it. In this, some flower keeps on blooming in every season. People passing by our house often tell us that on leaving here, there is absolutely freshness. In fact, if you come to our house, you will be greeted by the tufts of the night queen at first. Then on further progress you will get Mogra and Jasmine flowers. We have planted many such fragrant flowers on the front part of our house. So that the tiredness of those who come to the house may end completely by the time they come inside.”
He said that often people cut the plants at any time. This should not be done at all. The right time for cutting plants is when it is not blooming time. As long as the plants are flowering, they should not be cut.
Doing kitchen gardening
Anjali says, “We have prepared more than a hundred fruits, spices, greens and vegetables on our terrace itself. We rarely have to buy things from outside for the kitchen. Earlier birds were not seen in the society. But now many birds come here. He said, “Lots of birds have started coming after seeing the greenery on the terrace. We also have bird nests in our house. Sometimes cats and dogs also give children here. The children of our house and the children of the staff take full care of them.”
Anjali said that she does not use any particular type of soil for any plant. He has planted most of the saplings in grow bags by adding normal soil. It is important to keep giving just the right amount of water. He said, “We do not use chemicals for manure, only cow dung and cocopeat. Yes, if ever the plants get worms, then I just mix some detergent powder with neem oil and spray it.
The temperature of the house decreased due to gardening
Anjali told that greenery remains in the house due to the trees and plants and this is the reason why there is no need for AC in the summer season. He said, “No matter how hot it is outside, the temperature of the house never exceeds 24 degrees. At the same time, children also wake up early in the morning with the sound of many birds and keep grains and water for them. Due to this, the atmosphere of the house remains very positive.
This couple says that it is better to spend time with trees and plants than spending time with computer, TV, mobile etc. Pramod says, “The lack of vitamin V-12 in the body leads to depression and anxiety. V-12 is found in the liver of animals. For those who do not eat non-veg, it is best that they walk barefoot on the soil. Because soil contains V-12 and walking barefoot releases stress.”
Gardening is not rocket science
Anjali said, “Planting trees and taking care of them is not a difficult task. Earlier I also did not know gardening at all. Pramod was more fond of gardening. Earlier I used to make some mistake or the other, but gradually everything started making sense. Gardening requires patience.
In the end Pramod and Anjali say, “In the name of development, most of the trees and plants have been lost. Trees are cut in the name of construction. In such a situation, it becomes our responsibility that we ourselves come forward and do plantation, gardening. Actually, we cannot depend on the government for everything. We all plant trees to make our homes look beautiful. Plant flowers for yourself, but you can still do a lot for the environment. Such small efforts bring big change. Plant trees and give them some love, spend time with them, they will give you a lot in return.”
Stay Happy, Go Green, Love Nature!
Editing – G N Jha
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