Garden on the paal

For many years UIT (Udaipur), in collaboration with other government and non-government trusts and organisations have been organising a flower show at Fateh Sagar paal. This happens in the month of December every year.

We took this as a platform and an opportunity to think about and present the plants that can be grown in the Mewar and their benefits.

In 2016, at the last minute we decided to show the medicinal plants that grew around Udaipur. We were completely unprepared and did something in collaboration with the nursery in Sisarma. I think, with more thought and time, it could have been a lot better. We prepared a leaflet that would inform visitors about what part of the plants we had shown could be used, for what ailment and how to use them. Despite our poor preparation, visitors showed interest.

This spurred us to do a little better in the following year, but it was only by 2018 that we were able to plan and put up something that was starting to be good.

By then, we had started to experiment with different ideas like the benefits of growing vegetables at our home in the kitchen garden using manure. To minimise cost we were working on reusing the waste material generated at the factory and our office. In addition to minimising waste that the city has to deal with, we thought this would help create a sustainable and healthy environment.

All of us want to protect our surroundings, environment and create a self-sustaining locality. Reusing and repurposing things we have at home is a habit and something we have seen in our homes. As a result any new ideas in this area create interest. We saw this in the case of both the gardens we created for 2018 and 2019.

In 2018 we used 6 to 8 inch PVC pipes on a vertical MS frame to grow vegetables. Vertical farming against the terrace of our house or on the balcony of our flat is possible using this technique.

Thereafter, in 2019, we thought we would see how using waste from old cars can be useful in farming as well. We used buckets made out of rubber from tyres and also we used waste rubber tyres instead of cement or plastic flower pots to grow vegetables. Also, we used vehicle windshields to display information about what we had done and how we had used everything. This last time we did not do so well. A to do for next time.

The most important thing about the vegetables we grew was that we used pure desi khaad without mixing any chemicals and the vegetables were great, so much so that someone decided to take one phool gobi home for dinner!

Garden on the paal

For many years UIT (Udaipur), in collaboration with other government and non-government trusts and organisations have been organising a flower show at Fateh Sagar paal. This happens in the month of December every year.

We took this as a platform and an opportunity to think about and present the plants that can be grown in the Mewar and their benefits.

In 2016, at the last minute we decided to show the medicinal plants that grew around Udaipur. We were completely unprepared and did something in collaboration with the nursery in Sisarma. I think, with more thought and time, it could have been a lot better. We prepared a leaflet that would inform visitors about what part of the plants we had shown could be used, for what ailment and how to use them. Despite our poor preparation, visitors showed interest.

This spurred us to do a little better in the following year, but it was only by 2018 that we were able to plan and put up something that was starting to be good.

By then, we had started to experiment with different ideas like the benefits of growing vegetables at our home in the kitchen garden using manure. To minimise cost we were working on reusing the waste material generated at the factory and our office. In addition to minimising waste that the city has to deal with, we thought this would help create a sustainable and healthy environment.

All of us want to protect our surroundings, environment and create a self-sustaining locality. Reusing and repurposing things we have at home is a habit and something we have seen in our homes. As a result any new ideas in this area create interest. We saw this in the case of both the gardens we created for 2018 and 2019.

In 2018 we used 6 to 8 inch PVC pipes on a vertical MS frame to grow vegetables. Vertical farming against the terrace of our house or on the balcony of our flat is possible using this technique.

Thereafter, in 2019, we thought we would see how using waste from old cars can be useful in farming as well. We used buckets made out of rubber from tyres and also we used waste rubber tyres instead of cement or plastic flower pots to grow vegetables. Also, we used vehicle windshields to display information about what we had done and how we had used everything. This last time we did not do so well. A to do for next time.

The most important thing about the vegetables we grew was that we used pure desi khaad without mixing any chemicals and the vegetables were great, so much so that someone decided to take one phool gobi home for dinner!

Garden on the paal

For many years UIT (Udaipur), in collaboration with other government and non-government trusts and organisations have been organising a flower show at Fateh Sagar paal. This happens in the month of December every year.

We took this as a platform and an opportunity to think about and present the plants that can be grown in the Mewar and their benefits.

In 2016, at the last minute we decided to show the medicinal plants that grew around Udaipur. We were completely unprepared and did something in collaboration with the nursery in Sisarma. I think, with more thought and time, it could have been a lot better. We prepared a leaflet that would inform visitors about what part of the plants we had shown could be used, for what ailment and how to use them. Despite our poor preparation, visitors showed interest.

This spurred us to do a little better in the following year, but it was only by 2018 that we were able to plan and put up something that was starting to be good.

By then, we had started to experiment with different ideas like the benefits of growing vegetables at our home in the kitchen garden using manure. To minimise cost we were working on reusing the waste material generated at the factory and our office. In addition to minimising waste that the city has to deal with, we thought this would help create a sustainable and healthy environment.

All of us want to protect our surroundings, environment and create a self-sustaining locality. Reusing and repurposing things we have at home is a habit and something we have seen in our homes. As a result any new ideas in this area create interest. We saw this in the case of both the gardens we created for 2018 and 2019.

In 2018 we used 6 to 8 inch PVC pipes on a vertical MS frame to grow vegetables. Vertical farming against the terrace of our house or on the balcony of our flat is possible using this technique.

Thereafter, in 2019, we thought we would see how using waste from old cars can be useful in farming as well. We used buckets made out of rubber from tyres and also we used waste rubber tyres instead of cement or plastic flower pots to grow vegetables. Also, we used vehicle windshields to display information about what we had done and how we had used everything. This last time we did not do so well. A to do for next time.

The most important thing about the vegetables we grew was that we used pure desi khaad without mixing any chemicals and the vegetables were great, so much so that someone decided to take one phool gobi home for dinner!