At the side of my house, there used to be a vacant patch of land. I told my parents about turning it into a vegetable garden. They liked the idea and gave me their full support. I managed to get my brothers interested in the project and, together, we cleared the land of weeds and wild grass one Saturday. After school each day, we dug the soil, watered it and applied cow manure.
A week later, we planted seedlings of long beans, brinjals, tomatoes, chillies and lady's fingers in neat rows. We put up a shade of dry coconut leaves to shelter the young seedlings from the merciless beat of the afternoon sun. Within a week or so, the seedlings had shot up, sending out new shoots. I was quite excited.
In six weeks' time, we started harvesting some of the vegetables and put them in baskets. I felt truly happy and proud when I presented the freshly picked vegetables to my mother. They seemed to taste more delicious than the market produce.
There are many kinds of garden, such as flower-garden, fruit-garden, vegetable garden, botanical garden and the garden of medicinal herbs. Almost all the Indians have vegetable gardens close to their houses.These are known as kitchen gardens. School too, have their own gardens for their students to work in.
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Every garden has a fence around it. This fence is generally made of wood or bamboo. Sometimes green fence is raised round the garden.
The garden is divided into some sections. Each section is divided into some beds. Each bed is surrounded by an earthen elevation. There is a well at the middle of the garden. Some sections are meant for flower plants; some sections are meant for fruit trees; some sections are meant for greens; some sections are meant for vegetables; some sections are meant for medicinal herbs. People raise different kinds of vegetables in different season. Generally, they raise brinjal, tomato, pumpkin, gourd, snake gourd, bitter gourd, bean, pea, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, spinach, radish, onion, garlic, lady’s finger, yam, arum, patal and greens.
People spade the gardens, root out grasses, prepare beds, sow seeds, plant trees and water the plants. They keep the garden neat and clean. They also manure the gardens. They also follow the process of grafting. They also follow the process of germinating and transplanting. They work, generally in morning and evening.
People get fresh vegetables and fresh greens from their gardens. These are very nutritious for them. People work in their gardens and thereby do physical exercise. So, their health remains well. They do not need to purchase greens and vegetables from the market. So, their money is saved. They also find pleasure in beholding their own creation.
Conclusion: Gardening is very helpful, no doubt. So, every family should raise a garden close to the house.