Drip Irrigation system at my home

A simple drip system to water your plants when you are away from home. All you need to do is tap a button on your phone to get the system going no matter where you are. Cost effective, easy to install and scalable to farms and greenhouses. This system protects my plants when i’m outstation.

Just imagine our life these days, we have no time for anything in life. We all want to have beautiful plants at home but somehow we are not able to protect them. In our busy life, sometimes we forget to water them, sometimes we are not at home. At the end, we are only left with a tulsi plant or money plant at home. 😀

Imagine, you are going for a vacation, You are all ready for some fun, but what about your plants? Probably you have an option to ask your neighbour for some help, but that also doesn’t work too long.

I had faced this problem many times. To curb this problem ,we have created a drip irrigation system at home which runs via internet & you can water your plants just by a tap of a button on your mobile from anywhere in the world.

We have made this simple drip irrigation system to water our plants when we are away from home. It is cost effective & easy to install & it is scalable to farms & greenhouses also. Below i’m sharing a video which gives everyone an overview, about how it works.

This box can be installed at any house at reasonable price. It can water up to 50 plants & even more. It is small so it will not take much place in your balcony. This drip system can help protect plants long after your vacation. When used with a timer, it waters your plants automatically — even twice a day, if needed, during periods of extreme heat or drought.  Share your feedback as how you like the system.

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Hibiscus Fever…How to care for your hibiscus plant.

Flowering hibiscus is a treasured shrub among many gardeners. When you know how to care for your hibiscus plant,you will be rewarded with many years of lovely flowers.

Here are few tips on how to care for your hibiscus plant:

Watering– Growing tropical hibiscus in containers require continuous checking of the plant.The plant requires continuous watering because potting mixture gets dry very quickly. That results in yellowing of plant & also fall of buds. Check the plant often & if it requires watering, do not hesitate to water them twice a day in hot sunny days.

Fertilizing- Hibiscus requires nitrogen & high levels of potassium. Fertilize your hibiscus with a balanced fertilizer. for eg- 10-10-10 proportion or 20-20-20 proportion. Do not over fertilise the plant as it will result in fewer blooms or no blooms & also yellowing  & falling of leaves. Fertilizer should be given frequently but lightly.

 If you have realised that, you have over fertilize the plant & It is showing no blooms, then add phosphorus to the soil to get the blooms back.

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-Pests- Pests can be controlled by using insecticidal soap spay, like neem oil spray is very effective. Spay your plants in cool mornings or in evenings. Avoid spraying your plant in full sunlight.

These are pics from my hibiscus garden. Sharing some more pics of my hibiscus plants:-

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How & why i introduced gardening to my kid

Arjun (My son) is an inquisitive child. He always wants to know the why’s of each & every thing. From the day, he started speaking, his questions always surprised me. This generation kids are very smart & very observing. Much beyond our imagination.

The most important thing for an inquisitive child is exposure & inputs from all fields.A kid will ask, what he observed. So if they see you giving water to plants, they will observe & ask questions related to it. Its like a chain, for your every answer,they will have a new question. In this way their horizon  of knowledge develops.

I’m not saying gardening is the only activity you should introduce to your child but it can be one of the best activity for your children. They will not only get knowledge but it will teach them a lot more. They will learn patience, taking ownership of things, be responsible.

I had introduced gardening to Arjun when he was only 3 years old. Every year we visited Arjun’s grand parent’s house. We have a farm over there. Because of that farm, Arjun could see how vegetables grow, where did he get rice from, how fruits grow. So he got an over view of the subject quite early. He started asking me more specific questions. One day he asked me why these potatoes & carrots are growing under the soil. Why leaves are green in colour? He was just  3 year old then.

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The farm visit was more like a few days picnic for us. I wanted to give him more exposure. We started growing small plants at home, I bought few plants from nursery &  told him to plant it in another pot. We bought few kids gardening tools for him. He started enjoying spending time with plants. I had observed a parenting instinct in him so early. He started caring for his plants, like we care for our children.

He get that connect with plants now which make him observe, feel & enjoy the whole process. I have given him the ownership. It is his responsibility now to take care of the plants that he grew. So every morning he observes the plant, give water to it. We grew few vegetables also &  he helped me in all stages. From sowing of seeds to harvesting.

He is now 5 years old & we share a different kind of bond together. We can enjoy an activity together. We taught him a lot about life’s important things  just by relating it to plants. Like “If you don’t care what you have, you will lose it one day” Best explained through plants, if you don’t care , don’t water your plants daily, plants will die.

Altogether what i feel is just let your kids explore. There is nothing as magical as seeing a life growing in front of your eyes. Just imagine the lifestyle of this generation kids , they have limited space, limited time, always distracted by so many gadgets. They don’t know what is the pleasure of playing in soil, get hands & clothes dirty. They have no connect with the soil  & how will they have, they are always so distracted.

Initially, may be they will not show interest. Half of the kids don’t want to even touch the soil,they feel their hands will get dirty. But once they start enjoying, there is no end.

Let your child give a way out from their gadget world to spend few minutes with their best friends for life.

“Why try to explain  miracles to your kids when you can have them plant a garden”- Robert Brault

Oh!! Bougainvillea…Why it is so difficult to get the colours!!

Well, it is known to everyone that this plant is magically beautiful. If it started blooming, nothing is in comparison with its beauty.

So with the same thought, i planted this plant in a pot in my garden. When we bought this plant from the nursery, it had lots of blooms already. After few days, all the blooms started falling & i was left with a plant full of green leaves only.

Months have passed,  I had added fertilisers, watering it daily but nothing seems to be working with this plant. I had asked lots of questions to many people but was not getting satisfying answers.

So without loosing hope i started reading lots of articles & then i realised, that if you actually want your this plant to flower, all you have to do is “Nothing”.

Yes… “Nothing” Just leave this plant on its own. Do not fertilise it, Do not water it daily. These plants don’t understand pampering. Ignore them & then you get to see its beauty.

I started following the same, I just left my plant on its own, had stop thinking about it. I just watered it once in 3-4 days. After few days. my plant was left with nothing. Even not the greens, most of its leaves fell off. Finally i lost all hope & was about to remove this plant but suddenly i saw few blooms.. & within a week my plant was full of blossoms.

Nothing is as magical as to see your plant growing so beautifully. It was like the same feeling i had when i saw my baby walking for the first time.

So now here i’m sharing what i have learnt from my experience:-

  • This plant needs lots & lots of sunlight. Place your pot where you can get direct sunlight for  5-6 hours daily..
  • Do not water it regularly. Water them only when you see cracks on its soil surface. Bougainvillea flower best when they are in stress.
  • Soil should never remain soggy. More water…No flower
  • There is no need to add fertiliser to this plant. This plant is a happy child with limited demands & needs. Infact sometimes adding extra fertiliser will harm their blooming process.
  • Try to avoid transplanting your plant into other pots. Best is to start with a big pot.

    Here’s sharing few pics of my bougainvillea plant-

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