Home Farming By Anamika John

Having one’s own vegetable garden was a distant dream to me, as I lived in a desert land.
Nothing changed even when I shifted to a villa with some yard at the back, not a grain of sand was visible as it was filled with pebbles. It was during the Qatar flower show that I got the shocking revelation that Qatar can produce vegetables much more than what I have seen in any kitchen gardens in Kochi.

My friend who was the overall winner of the flower show for three consecutive times, gave me all confidence to take my first steps into gardening. She actually pushed me into it forcefully. My mother who had been here on visit, was a major strength for me to think of trying it. My mother loved gardening and her passion forced us to remove a few pebbles here and there, and she started off with a few chilly plants and a curry leaf plant gifted by my friend. My mother had this habit of burying the vegetable waste to make compost, and from that, few cucumber seedlings sprouted. She replanted them and with whatever resources we had, like broken cloth racks, tube holders and so on, we made a small set up for the climber to go on.

The most beautiful moment was when we saw it having beautiful yellow flowers and tiny cucumbers. It was one of the most amazing feelings to see a cucumber in my garden, which I thought was barren, and it was just the beginning. It gave us so many, many cucumbers that it was hard for me to finish them in my family. So I even started taking it with me at parties so that I can distribute it to as many families I could. Home grown cucumbers are fresh, healthy, juicy and tasty – it’s a divine experience. Here is a simple look at how it all evolved.

A home garden can brighten up any dull day. I would highly recommend having one if you are fortunate to have even the smallest bit of backyard..

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