Breaking News
January 8, 2019 - Sheikh Hasina takes oath as PM for 4th term, forms 47-member council of ministers
January 8, 2019 - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s life sketch
January 8, 2019 - Dipu Moni for maintaining pace of development in education sector
January 8, 2019 - Bangladesh enters golden chapter of development: Tofail
January 8, 2019 - Asaduzzaman reaffirms of stamping out militancy, drugs
January 8, 2019 - Nasrul for quality, affordable power to all
January 8, 2019 - Nasim congratulates new council of ministers
January 7, 2019 - Greetings pour in for Sheikh Hasina on AL’s landslide victory
January 7, 2019 - Mild cold wave sweeps over parts of the country
January 7, 2019 - New cabinet to be sworn in today
January 7, 2019 - Switzerland assures continued partnership with Bangladesh
January 7, 2019 - Biman celebrates 47th anniversary
January 7, 2019 - 26,783 schools, colleges nationalized in 10 years
January 6, 2019 - Sudanese PM greets Sheikh Hasina
January 6, 2019 - D-8 secretary general greets Sheikh Hasina
January 6, 2019 - DMP takes “foolproof” security for Dhaka international trade fair
January 6, 2019 - Ranga made opposition chief whip
January 6, 2019 - Gono Forum to take positive decision regarding oath: Dr Kamal
December 26, 2018 - Christmas celebrated
December 26, 2018 - Vote for ‘Boat’ to improve people’s standard of living: Speaker
December 26, 2018 - BNP tries to make election, EC controversial: Hanif
December 26, 2018 - Businessman held with Tk 8cr over influencing polls
December 26, 2018 - AL urges EC not to allow 9 agencies to monitor polls
December 26, 2018 - Indian transmission system can be used to import power from Bhutan, Nepal
December 26, 2018 - AL blasts BNP-Jamaat for plotting to foil polls
December 25, 2018 - Sheikh Hasina unveils plan to upgrade slum dwellers lifestyle
December 25, 2018 - AL urges all not to make army forces controversial
December 25, 2018 - People to reply if army made questionable: Quader
December 25, 2018 - President hosts reception for Christians on Christmas Day
December 25, 2018 - DB police arrests two BNP activists for distribution money

Home gardening

Staff Correspondent : My grandfather was a ‘plant lover’. From the cactus on the table at his office, to the age-old trees that line the road in front of Sir Salimullah Hall- his abode as a student of DU- his passion for plants was wide and varied. Everyday after returning from the office, he would put on his gardening gear- lungi and a tee shirt, armed with his gardening gadgets and head to his garden. It was his respite; even in his dying days he never gave up visiting the green sanctuary that he had himself built with his own hands.

But times have changed. The city is a stifling place. Where there previously used to be lawns and gardens, are now concrete apartment buildings.

A large proportion of us city dwellers don’t have the luxury of a sprawling garden, but that should be no impediment to having plants inside our homes. Other than their environmental benefits, plants also beautify a place and lend character to an otherwise droll setting.

Gardening in tropical and humid climates such as ours is an ordeal but once you get the hang of it you will see it more as an adventure and less as a chore. Not all plants are suited for indoor cultivation, but you can easily grow outdoor plants such as Hibiscus, Miscanthus cabaret, New Zealand flax, Cardinal lobelia, Canary reed-grass (ground-cover), Kalanchoe (annual plant), Agave (for sandy well-drained soil) in a patch of land overlooking the patio, if you have one.

However, many tropical plants require some extra care as they perish quite easily if they do not find the favourable conditions in your garden. The trick is to follow some simple, basic rules.

The obvious thing to be careful about is the quality of soil. Tropical plants need well-soaked soil, so make sure that the soil in your garden or flowering pot is capable of retaining moisture for a long time after watering.

Another consideration is the choice of fertilizers. For instance, tropical flower plants should not be supplied with too much of nitrogenous fertilizers; it hampers their normal growth. It increases the growth of the leaves, but decreases the blooming of the flowers. Also, apart from nitrogen rich chemicals, fertilizers containing phosphorus and potash are also recommended for tropical plants. You may use these in minimal quantity, so that they do not hamper the growth of the plants.

As mentioned earlier, not many of us have an outdoor space in which to indulge our gardening aspirations. As a seasoned gardener says, “Plants in the outdoors get a lot of rainfall in our climate, except in the winter. But when plants are indoors, it is very important to keep them hydrated by watering the pots at least once a day. Also important is to remember that plants should be kept close to a light source, preferably by a window, because as we all know green plants cannot survive without sunlight.”

The prevailing temperature is a major factor in determining whether your plants will thrive or wilt. Generally, it is useful to keep your plants outside in the summer, and inside during the winter. Although it is recommended that the plants have some sort of heating during the winter, as frost is undesirable for their normal growth, it is not relevant for plants in Bangladesh because of our mild winters. However, if you live in the northern parts and it gets quite chilly, use a heating source at your own discretion; by then you should have developed quite a green thumb.

It is best not to take too much upon yourself. If you have no prior experience or knowledge of gardening, it is important that you consult and take the advice of someone who has done it before. Information on how much fertilizer to use and what to grow can only be supplied by an experienced gardener who has a firm grasp of local conditions. With so much information at our fingertips, it is quite easy to go online and hunt around for tips, but that must be complemented by sound practical knowledge.

We automatically think that gardening is for someone else to do and that it’s too much of a hassle. You may be surprised however, at how easily you grow into the role of gardener once you start doing it. Although it may seem unlikely now, you may even begin to share a bond with the plants that you have nurtured from little saplings; it’s only natural.

Tips on Home Gardening
If horticulture is your passion, or you are merely in pursuit to add greenery both in and outside your home, there are certain thumb rules that you must follow. Home gardening, though far from a strenuous task, requires consistent maintenance and nurturing. You must take care of your plants but always remember that ‘too much’ care often causes more harm than good.

“How much to water?” is an age-old question raised by home gardeners. Too much water floods the plants and cripples them from absorbing the minerals and nutrients from the soil. Whereas insufficient watering dehydrates plants, making the branches limp and lifeless.

The species of your plants plays a role in determining the right amount of water that it requires. A thorough research should be conducted before implementing the necessities. If you feel too lazy to read books and magazines to learn about plant care, at least ask the vendor of the nursery you buy your plants to inform you about plant care.

It is pivotal that the appropriate amounts are showered. One deep watering is much better than watering lightly several times a day. If the weather pertains to hot and humid conditions, a little more than usual water should be sprinkled.

Uninvited moss, grass and mould of various genres take residence in the nearby alleys or on the flower plants in your outside garden. Instead of bending over to tug at the roots of these or scrubbing them off, sprinkle sufficient amount of regular table salt directly on the areas. Salt chokes the life out of these.

Plants and stagnant water bodies are homes to dengue and malaria causing mosquitoes. Remove any water deposits in your gardens as a preliminary precaution to preventing the spread of any disease. Insecticides and pesticides should be sprayed on a regular basis.

Pruning limbs and branches is necessary for a healthy growth and a less disease-prone garden. Air out plants stored within confinements at least once a week to filter out any germs, which might have been dwelling in them.

Consider planting insect repelling plants such as but not limited to-

Ants: mint, tansy, pennyroyal;

Aphids: mints, garlic, chives, coriander, anise;

Mice: onion

About author


Reflection Team


স্যান্ডউইচের দামে দেহ বিক্রি করছেন গ্রিক নারীরা!

স্যান্ডউইচের দামে দেহ বিক্রি করছেন গ্রিক নারীরা!

ভেঙে পড়ছে গ্রিসের অর্থনীতি। দুই মেয়াদে ক্ষমতায় এসেও সিপ্রাস সরকার চিত্রটা পাল্টাতে পারেনি। দিন দিন বাড়ছে বেকারত্ব। গোটা দেশটার আর্থ-সামাজিক…

Recent Video

Photo Gallery

Folder not found