Lalbagh’s biannual Flower Show is on till the 15th of August, 2013.
You can read about them and how it all started in the garden city in this piece from the Alternative which profiles Dr.Vishwanath Kadur as Bangalore’s First farmer.
Also to keep on your radar, coming up in the last week of August, is the OFYT event, or Oota From Your Thota, meaning “Food From Your Garden” in Kannada.
The flyer below is of the previous one.
Of particular interest, are the various and innovative containers used to grow the plants.
Here you can find a strawberry plant growing in a recycled yogurt tub.
In some enthusiast’s houses, I’ve even seen plants flourishing in used milk-packets, sacks, tubes, pipes, discarded tyres, bottles, packaging etc.! Not all of those might be safe for food, eg. rubber tyres which some believe cause exposure to undesirable leachates or possible allergens.
Some of the recycling is quite creative.
Gardening need not be expensive, either. Seeds can come from your pantry or you can even re-grow from kitchen scraps.
I noticed a ‘double-decker version’ mounted on a slotted angle rack.
There’s plenty of advice, encouragement and support on hand from their vast and varied online group for anyone who wants to have a food garden no matter how small the space, or how urbanised the dwelling. And plenty of appreciation for even the smallest harvest. Join in the fun.
So here it is in pictures –
|Aloe Vera Bloom|
|Aloe Vera Plant|
|Amaranth in container|
|Wax Chillies detail.|
|Might work better with a stronger bottle or lighter potting mix.|
|Cabbage in innovative container|
|Chikoo Tree in a pot (the larger one, at back)|
|Ladies Finger (Bhindi) detail.|
|Ladies Finger with taller Tur Dal plant behind.|
|Tomato Plant in a bucket|
|Drumstick Tree in a pot.|
|Deer Tongue Lettuce|
|Green Chillies Potted|
|Green Chillies Detail.|
|Red Chillies in a pot|
|Red Chillies Detail|
|Self Watering Container|
|Brinjal in a polybag|
|Palak (Spinach) detail.|
|Palak in innovative container.|
|Methi (Fenugreek) detail.|
|Methi (Fenugreek) in innovative trough.|
|Assorted herbs + handmade Ladybird.|
By the time we were done, the last of the sun was caught by this fountain.
And that familiar city lamp. (Where else downtown can you spot it?)
So it was time to leave.
And make more plans for our own garden!