We never value what we have until it is lost or away. I am no exception to this quote. My mom loves gardening and she puts a lot of effort to maintain her garden. I never valued it until i got married and moved to Bangalore where i live in a flat and i dont have a huge garden full of fruits herbs and flowers at my service. I realized the value of kitchen garden even more when Prabita (my friend and colleague in bangalore) makes so much effort behind her kitchen garden and keeps telling me about how useful it is to have a small kitchen garden and above it – it is satisfying.
My mom’s kitchen garden produces fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for delicious, healthy meals.And when the tree’s and plant’s start getting fruits and vegetables you should see my mom’s happy face. She bursts cracker when monkey’s come to eat roses and even covers the flowers and fruits with plastic bags to save them from monkeys and birds. She runs behind monkeys with a stick in her hand. Suddenly she becomes the brave one in the family to run behind monkeys with a stick, burst crackers to keep them away and becomes a watchman to keep her garden safe.
My Mom’s garden supplies aloe vera, neem, pumkin, indian spinach (phooi shak),tulsi, lemon grass, wheat grass, mint, coriander, lime, chilies, papayas, tomatoes, guava and different varieties of roses, hibiscus,etc. regularly to my house and neighbors. Her friends and neighbors come to her for a plant before they visit nursery as she might surly have the plant they want.
I am motivated and determined to make my own kitchen garden even if its in pots as i reach Bangalore.
Here are some pictures :