Small potted lemon tree flowering

First flowers in my balcony

The rewards of my labour of love. The lemon tree and rajma are flowering. If you go really close, there buds have a wonderful citrus fragrance. Can’t wait for them to flower so that the scent can waft through the home with the breeze. The lemon plant had been doing rather poorly on arrival. It …

First flowers in my balcony Read More »

The balcony garden strategy - more edible plants in small space 1

The balcony garden strategy – more edible plants in small space

So I now have a strategy for maximizing the use of space in my small balcony garden in order to get the most crops. Beginning from having no plants…. Sow some quick gratification Every new gardener is excitedly awaiting results and plants will grow at the speed they will, but why not plant some early …

The balcony garden strategy – more edible plants in small space Read More »

Air beds and air sofas available in India – comparisons and which to buy

When I moved into this place, I decided to buy an air sofa, because I didn’t want to spend too much on mattresses, and with my mom coming over often, I’d need something for her to sit on as well, as she can’t sit on the floor. I ended up buying several inflatable products (for …

Air beds and air sofas available in India – comparisons and which to buy Read More »

5 steps to get rid of fungus gnats 2

5 steps to get rid of fungus gnats

As I learned the hard way, compost can sometimes go horribly wrong and bring guests to your plants you never wanted to see. If you’ve reached here reeling in horror after seeing your precious potted plant wilting even as maggots crawl in its soil, it is not so difficult to fix this. Stop watering the …

5 steps to get rid of fungus gnats Read More »

Starting my window ledge garden 3

Starting my window ledge garden

Second day in this home, the first day waking up here and the amazing energy to do something beautiful continues, so today, I spent some time planting the beginnings of my window ledge garden. I got some seedlings, seeds, pots and lots of old home delivery plastic boxes I’d been saving. Nisarga is in diapers …

Starting my window ledge garden Read More »

earthworm in vermicompost worm bin bedding

Starting a vermicompost bin without worms

I have always been interested in composting and having my own home now allows me the freedom to get into all these whims and ambitions. There are plenty of tutorials on starting a worm bin. All of them assume you have the worms. But what if you don’t? I didn’t. I could probably go to …

Starting a vermicompost bin without worms Read More »

Bharat Gas cylinder heap on the road near the delivery truck

Got the cooking gas working

Short update. Went to the place where the Bharat Gas truck stops, and got the two cylinders that come with my gas connection. Erm…. this is the collection point, and these are the cylinders. I took two of these (with due procedure). Hired a rickshaw, brought them home, lift wasn’t working because powercut. So I …

Got the cooking gas working Read More »

Frugal living: Setting up my new home

In the days since the last post, I’ve been busy. I have moved most of my belongings to my new home and am ready to move as soon as I have cooking gas (most likely tomorrow). Some of the choices I have made in this new start – with many priorities ranging from health to …

Frugal living: Setting up my new home Read More »

Home, sweet new home

After several false starts, I now finally have a new home to move into. The agreement is done, I have the key and I went there for the first time today and I …. wept. For the first time in my life I have my own home where no one is doing me a favor …

Home, sweet new home Read More »

A new dawn

As I look upon my last few days in this home, the only light at the end of the tunnel seems to be the new home where Nisarga and I will finally go to, leaving behind these nightmares and the debris of a dream. Exiting a marriage with a disabled child in tow is a …

A new dawn Read More »