The lockdown has turned many into gardening enthusiasts, growing small patches of vegetable garden in their yard or a beautiful indoor garden. However, businessman Vidya Sarang and his wife Beena Sarang went a step ahead and turned their entire house into a scintillating haven of greenery. The guests who visit the couple’s home in Pathiyoor in Kayamkulam are impressed by not only the number of plants and trees but also by the couple’s passion and hard work.
An organic vegetable patch is grown amid the colourful flowers, rare plants and shrubs. The red spinach, plum eggplant and long beans are some of the organic vegetables that are grown here.
Vidya Sarang and Beena shows that even vegetables could add colour and variety to the garden if they are tended well. Fresh cabbages are grown in specially designed boxes. The vines of the bitter gourd and snake gourd offer shade above the narrow walkway.
Sarang says that allotting space for vegetables and fruits, during landscaping, would make the garden incredibly attractive. Beena confesses how she enjoys tending to the plants while standing amid the properly arranged garden. The couple made sure not to leave any space in their 35 cents plot, bare.
The vegetable vines have been allowed to climb over the canopy above the walkway. The permanent canopy has been made using square tubes and iron mesh. Unlike the temporary one, this is sturdier and long-lasting. Even though, installing this permanent canopy is expensive, the couple says that it is worth the money.
Boxes made using bricks have been arranged in rows to grow other veggies. Spinach, cabbage and cauliflower are grown in these boxes as per the season. The advantage of this method is that the high-yielding growing mixture in these boxes wouldn’t be lost even during heavy showers. Besides, weeds too wouldn’t grow in the boxes that are built of insufficient height.
The couple rotates the crops even without changing the design of the landscaping. This adds a unique charm to the garden, besides improving the productivity of the crops. Once the season of the winter crops ends, spinach, ladyfinger and long beans would be grown in the planter boxes.
The growing mixture would be mixed with slake lime for a few days before planting the next crop. As it takes time to sow the seeds and then planting the sapling, Sarang and Beena use high-quality saplings that are bought from well-known nurseries.