Terrace gardening is turning out to be a new trend for the urban denizen

With Bengaluru expanding rapidly and choked for space, it has become nearly impossible for the average citizen to connect with nature. Even a couple of decades back, Bengaluru had many houses with small gardens, but today, this sight is fast disappearing.

However, an innovative idea could change all this. Terrace gardening is turning out to be a new trend for the urban denizen who wants to do a bit of gardening or even farming in the small plot he or she has. The idea is to grow plants on the terraces of homes instead of on the ground and maintain a small garden there.

“If anyone has six square feet of a terrace garden, they can grow 16 different vegetables in that space,” said Mallesg Tigali, CEO of Purna Organics, a company that offers products, solutions and even training to people who want to cultivate on their terraces.

Companies that offer terrace gardening products to customers said the demand for the terrace gardening is only increasing. Tigali said his business grew 300 percent last year. In just six years of its existence, the company has managed a turnover of around 1.2 crores.

Tigali offers the whole set if one wants to start a terrace garden in their homes. His products include planter boxes, manure, mud, seeds and also gardening equipment. His products can also be bought from the website itself.

While a planter normal box that needs to be watered manually would cost around Rs 2500. The company also helps its customers install the boxes in their homes. A semi-automatic planter box which contains a water reservoir that plants would use when they require is also available for about Rs 3000.

An innovative planter box that waters itself automatically using floats and pipes costs around Rs 3500 rupees each. This bos stores water at the bottom and is replenished automatically as plants use the water.

Apart from the planter boxes, Tigali also sells manure in the form of vermi-compost which costs Rs 5000. He also sells a composter which can be used to make manure at home that costs about Rs 12000.

Tigali’s main aim is to reach out to people and train them in terrace gardening and the demand for this is only growing. His company offers training programmes in Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai as well. He trains people through live demonstrations and also through video conferencing. The training modules include the basics of planting and watering and also contain lessons on pest control and plant nutrition. A practice kit is also sent to the students to work on their gardening skills.

Companies also offer maintenance services to their customers to help them sustain a terrace garden in their homes.

The focus these days is also on organic cultivation and the use of traditional methods to grow plants. With the alarming levels of pollution in the city, many have resorted to moving to organic food for their homes. As Tigali points out, “Our ancestors were healthier than we are today and immunity of people is reducing.”

He also felt that organic certification of the products would help in diversifying the industry since many people falsely claim that the products they sell is organic.

With the trend catching up to more and more households in Bengaluru, Tigali is reaching out to corporate through employee connect programmes and  also schools as well to help train people on how to cultivate organic vegetables in their own homes. His students are given the necessary items like planter boxes, seeds and manure.

The customers for terrace gardening include housewives, students and working professionals.

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Changing Bangalore

Bangalore as a city has transformed since the early 90s and has seen an explosive change and has become truly cosmopolitan. The kind of wavelength that people live with in Bangalore is something that can’t be found in other city, especially in India. There is hardly any stronghold of one thought. It has harmoniously blended itself with various thoughts, each of which has substantial amount of weightage in its own way.

Looking at the growth and development that would continue to occur, the aim is to facilitate residents access to quality education to livable, safe and healthy places and stimulate economic activity. Remarkably these are the parameters that are powering North Bangalore. That is not since the introduction of software industry but since the new international airport at Devanahalli. But what is really working for North Bangalore is that the social infrastructure, good schools and hospitals, that had started emerging in this area even before the airport came up. The main draw is that, the availability of large parcels of land at cheap rates.

It is in North Bangalore where all the action is focused on as to improve the social- infrastructure. As it has all the ingredients for smart growth that is, airport, railway stations, connectivity, land, hospitals, schools, software parks, etc.

Essence of Wayanad

Kerala, promoted as ‘God’s Own Country’ in the travel brochures, is one of the popular tourist attractions in India famous for its backwaters, beaches and hill-stations. To the north-east of the state lies Wayanad, a small district known for its tea estates and wildlife sanctuaries. It is also an important tourist hub in Kerala, rife with spectacular landscapes and diverse environments.

IMG_3373 IMG_3392 IMG_4202 IMG_4212 IMG_4326 IMG_4356 Being just over 250 kilometers from Bangalore, Wayanad is a perfect destination for a long drive. The road winds along the hills and valleys of the Western Ghats and driving there itself could be visual treat. The landscape dotted with serene mountain scenery, lush paddy fields, bamboo forests and plantations of aromatic ginger, cardamom and coffee. Rubber, betel nut and, of course, tea are the other important gardens that one can spot along the highway to this hill station

Though travelers from the world-over visit Wayanad, the place is surprisingly tidy and satisfyingly remote. A perfect destination, whether one is seeking peace from the travails of urban life, or seeking adventure in an unknown wilderness. Wayanad has something to offer to fancy all tastes.

A nature-lovers paradise, rich in flora and fauna, the place offers travelers a close-up view of India’s rare and diverse wildlife. Wayanad, located in the ecologically diverse Nilgiri biosphere, shares its border with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.  The wildlife sanctuary there is one where one is guaranteed to spot wild elephants, Indian bison and deer. Few very lucky ones may even spot the majestic tiger lurking somewhere. It is advised though, that one proceeds with extreme caution while trying to capture pictures of the animals to not scare them. It could attract hefty fines from the forest officials.

Wayanad abounds with resorts and lodges in case one wishes to stay there overnight. The state government of Kerala runs a few lodges which are quite cheap and offer comfortable accommodation for those traveling on a budget and for students. Luxury resorts like the Royal Orchid pamper the needs of its patrons, for a price of course.

Whether one wants to visit as a backpacker or as a tourist; whether one wishes to travel alone or in a group, Wayanad offers a welcoming hug and a memorable stay to everyone. This small hamlet, at the heart of the Western Ghats is the adventurer’s delight, the ecologist’s answer to the call of the wild and the stressed mind’s retreat. It is a must-see destination in God’s own country and its visual beauty, peace and tranquility leaves its visitors with lasting memories.