How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 1

Sejal Sheth, Shaniwar Peth, Pune Profession: Dentist Today, let’s visit, Shaniwar Peth, a densely populated neighborhood in Pune city. This area has history of more than 300 years. Many heritage structures and memories of old Pune can be found here. Eventually the old residential buildings, called “wada” made way to ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, Part 6

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How to create terrace garden without soil, part 4

Bharati Barhate, Pune Take a turn into the lane from noisy Karve Road, with its heavy Pune traffic, impatient honking and entirely different world awaits you. It is the garden around the building or it is the building amidst the garden; difficult to tell the difference. Meet Bharati Jawale-Barhate. She has ...
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Is it laziness? Oh, no it is benign neglect!!

You have a tree in your backyard. It provides soothing shade in summer, hosts various birds. You see squirrels running about its branches. It shelters so many kinds of insects.It is immense pleasure to look at. This patch of green is your oasis in the amidst the concrete jungle.Come November, ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, Part 5

Amod Rahalkar, Pune It is Sadashiv peth, part of old city of Pune. Peth means sector. It was created in mid-18th century during the reign of Madhavrao Peshwa. Since then, it has only seen growth. One of the highly populated areas of Pune, narrow roads, cramped houses define Sadashiv peth ...
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Creating a terrace garden in concrete jungle? Apprehensive? This blog will put a smile on your face.

Well, the thought of “growing our own food” is wonderful. I decided to give it a try. Making a salad? Just pick up a tomato and cucumber from the terrace, pluck a few leaves of mint here and basil there. Wow! That is the dream. No traces of chemical fertilizers, ...
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How to make use of dust in the house

Keeping home clean is never ending activity, isn’t it? You sweep every day and still furniture is covered with dust the next day. And what if we skip a few days? Or if we are away? Oh, can’t even imagine. Layers and layers of dust everywhere, parapet, table tops, furniture ...
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A Veggie Tale: Inculcating love and sensitivity towards nature at young age

Medha Tengshe, Aarohi Society, Pune House with a beautiful garden, birds chirping, kids playing around; that was the picture in most of the cities and towns during 70’s. Then cities started growing at unprecedented rate. Commerce, industries concentrated in urban areas. People moved to the cities for employment opportunities. Eventually, ...
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How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 3

Suchitra and Shirish Diwan Income Tax Lane, Pune Mr. and Mrs. Diwan reside in a lush green locality in Pune city. They have developed a beautiful terrace garden. Thankfully for them, their close family occupies the whole building; so, they did not face challenge of opposition from neighbors. Of course, ...
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How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 2

Kirti Bhave, Prabhat Road, Pune Meet Kirti Bhave, a passionate gardener, mother of two energetic kids. It is not possible to make terrace garden on her apartment building. Hence, Kirti has set up her garden on the terrace in her mother’s building, who stays 4-5 buildings away. This is the ...
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Gardens without soil, Why and How

We hear this word “Soil-less Garden” from time to time. It is a relatively new concept born in urban landscapes. Cities are the center of commerce, huge infrastructure. Due to this very reason, people come to cities for employment opportunities. Eventually all cities hit the limit to growth. It is ...
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Why there is waste in our cities and how we can eliminate it

Why there is “waste” where humans live and how we can eliminate it Earth is much older than us. Any river in India is a few lac years old, if not crore. They have been here even before humans walked this earth. For most part of our existence on earth, ...
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Why this membership website

Brown Leaf came into being in February 2016. Around same time, I created this website, www.brownleaf.org. Now after two and half years, why am I exploring this option of membership website? First, what exactly is membership website? It is like subscribing to a magazine. One pays annual subscription and receives ...
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How to use dry leaves? DONATE

For dry leaves, mulching and composting are two best strategies. For details please visit.. Here is a brief about both… Mulching is mimicking what happens in nature. Whatever falls on the floor remains there.. Shed leaves form a carpet, layer over the soil. This layer remains as it is throughout ...
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How to use dry leaves? COMPOST

In nature, processes are cyclic. Means there is no end to it. Output of one systems serves as input to some other system. While we, humans used natural, biodegradable products, there was not concept of waste. We used plates made of leaves. We used clothes made of natural fabric. Newspaper, ...
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How to use dry leaves? MULCH

Mulching is the process by which we mimic what happens in the natural landscape. What happens in the natural landscape? Let’s see.. Have you been to any forest area? Wooded area with no or minimal human interference? How does the forest floor look? If we do not sweep and collects ...
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Why we should not burn dry leaves

November arrives, and we see dry leaves falling from the trees. They are just everywhere. Streets, footpaths, gardens, society premises, backyards. Our city literally gets drowned in dry leaves. We simply don’t know what to do with all these dry leaves. What do we do? There is fire, there is ...
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Why Dry Leaves is a huge challenge

We know dry leaves is a huge challenge. But why exactly trees shed leaves? What must be the reason? Let's discuss why leaf-fall occurs. Trees that shed leaves for some part of the year, are called "deciduous trees". Trees lose water through the leaves through the process known as transpiration ...
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Why leaves shed by tree are not green?

Around November, leaf fall starts. There are piles of leaves everywhere, on the roadside, on the roofs, in the society premises; just about everywhere. Did you notice, none of the leaves are green. They used to be green on the tree. But then they turned yellow or brown and then ...
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Why exactly do leaves fall

Rains are over. There is a slight chill in the atmosphere. Winter is just around the corner. Soon, sweaters, scarves, blankets will come out of the wardrobe, after a long break. It is a healthy season. Eat and be happy. Ideal one to go for a jog in the morning, ...
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