starting all over

How time flies… It’s more than two years since I posted a page .  Lifestyle has changed , priorities have changed..Wordpress formatting has improved.. Cute grandson is more than two years old.. But the garden bug is still wriggling.

I wanted to give up growing plants in containers on a number of occasions. Sometimes due to lack of time. Sometimes due to lack of help or feeling unwell. But a glimpse of fresh harvest posted by like-minded folks would make me sit up and continue the effort. And effort it is. Climbing three floors up to care for the plants is daunting in the mornings, but the thought of all those lovely fragrant flowers and fresh vegetables keeps me going up, huffing and puffing.

I am encouraged by those  voluntary tomatoes, chillies , brinjal, gourd and marigold plants.. Luckily I had  gourd seeds left over from Vanastree, bought three years back.I scattered them and forgot about it , but they didn’t fail. Just sprang up. A Facebook friend posted purple beans seeds and they are thriving.

Apart from vegetables I branched out to conventional flowers too . Jasmine, Champa,(kodi Sampanghi, creeper a specialty of Tamil Nadu,donated by another graceful Facebook friend who flew the bulbs down from Chennai) few roses, lots of trumpet flowers, around 50 pots of Cannas ,Juhi and Chameli, Raat ki Raani,Chrysanthemums were also blooming to give me a sense of joy .

Unfortunately i am not able to continue using cow dung or intensive preparation of manure. I manage with products bought from other organic friends.


A glimpse of the plants in my terraces..First, second and third floor..:-)


Gourd and Raat ki Raani on the ground.



Dear blog friends, these pictures are from 2016 and there are scores more to share  in the next few posts. Hope you will convey your  thoughts.


About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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19 Responses to starting all over

  1. I was so happy to see this email about your blog. I am so glad you have started blogging and gardening again. I too have just started a few pots in our little balcony and hope to grow a few tomatoes, beans and some gourds, need to learn so many things about gardening and your pictures always inspire…

  2. M. LEO CHRIST says:

    Happy to see garden tips from expert gardener. I also maintain terrace garden, like you I grow fragrant flowers and vegetables, but I face a problem of ants, how can I destroy them?

  3. Ganga108 says:

    What a wonderful garden!

  4. Gita Sharma says:

    Hai Ms Pattu mami This is Gita sharma I had written to you earlier may be 2yrs ago. I live at safilguda ,I too have a terrace garden and may be like to share experience with you .I would love to visit you when ever you are free .my number is Pl call Regards gita

  5. Gita Sharma says:

    Lovely specially the kodi sampangi is it in bloom now .which season does it bloom Regards gita

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Hi Gita..Thanks. The sampanghi blooms in August-oct only. Now it is dormant needs moisture to flourish. That is where Chennai and Bangalore score.(though did not find any in Bangalore)

  6. Gita Sharma says:

    You may see pics of my garden on my face book album And let me know your thoughts Thanks Regards gita

  7. Jeevan says:

    Good to see you back and still continue with gardening despite your health, helplessness and time for grandson. Lovely flowers and healthy vegetable… glad to know some plants survive voluntarily and producing the same

    Take care and keep sharing here 🙂

  8. namitasunder says:

    I know, at times the effort seems too much but then nature never fails us. The selfless giving of nature encourages us to go on. Lovely pics. Good to see the greenery. Love to your grandson.

  9. its nice to see you post again! lovely pictures of your garden – especially the vegetables

  10. chollukireen says:

    உன்னை நேரில் பார்த்த மாதிரி ஸந்தோஷம். அன்புடன்

  11. chollukireen says:

    ஆசிகள். உன் பதில் ஒன்றே போதும். மனதிற்கு இதமாக இருந்தது. நான் மிகவும் உடல் நலமின்றி இருந்து சற்றுத் தேறி வருகிறேன். சொல்லுகிறேனிற்கும் பின்னூட்டங்கள் கொடுத்திருப்பது ஸந்தோஷம். மிக்க நன்றியும்கூட. அன்புடன்

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