What started as a survival instinct during last year’s national lockdown, has now become a blooming garden amidst the hustle and bustle of Bengaluru.
Jincy Samuel has grown over 200 types of fruits and veggies in a year, in her soil-free 500-square-foot terrace garden. She is growing her plants using novel methods like hydroponics and aquaponics that are a shift away from the typical soil-based methods.
"Gardening was something that I always enjoyed. I was more into decorative and flowering plants rather than vegetables and fruits. But the pandemic changed that. When we had to wait in queues to be able to get our food, is when my husband suggested that we try growing our own. Our terrace was barely used, and so we decided to use the space to explore how we could grow our own food."
"We’ve grown leafy greens like spinach, iceberg lettuce, methi, mint, red batavia lettuce, romaine lettuce, kale, red amaranthus and veggies like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, radish, brinjals, lady’s finger, bhut jolokia chilly, etc. Out of all these the easiest to grow, I’d say would be spinach. It’s not only easy to take care of but you can also grow huge amounts of it with minimal effort."
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